Helen Zille praises Mbeki yet she was attacking him 5 years ago

2014-02-23 20:30

It was indeed an interesting weekend; three political parties unveiled their manifestos.

The ACDP invited its homophobes to deliberate how they would discriminate against others when in power.

The EFF invited Malema's cult followers to deliberate how they would make a Zimbabwe twin out of South Africa.

I have no comment on EFF's manifesto except that its full of Malema's  wet-dreams about a future we should fear rather than wish for. A person tweeted that voting for such a manifesto would be like a chicken voting for KFC. I'm still laughing but its true.

Not so far away, DA was also unveiling its Manifesto. Like it always does, it invited blacks to deliberate how they would help protect the gains whites made under the apartheid government. Yes, the blacks were put and paraded at the front. It was, as  another tweep tweeted,  a white Cake with Black icing situation.

What is interesting however is the similarity of DA and EFF's Election strategy for 2014. Don't get me wrong, their manifestos are far from being similar but how they deliver them to the public is the same.

Both these parties' strategy is to praise the ANC under President Mandela and Mbeki and attack the presidency of Jacob Zuma. This maybe they thought is good because Zuma happens to be the least liked of the three, but it is not only careless but stupid because voters see right through it.

Both parties say the ANC made progress under President Mandela and Mbeki. It was for the first time in 20 years that the DA actually admitted that the ANC has made South Africa better. But they claim we were getting better but under Zuma we are moving backwards.

They now call ANC that of Jacob Zuma, EFF even says "ZANC".

It was Malema who helped in removing Thabo Mbeki. He said Mbeki was South Africa's biggest mistake. He called him a dictator and too educated for his own good.

Delivering her Manifesto speech Helen Zille said

"Under presidents Mandela and Mbeki, South Africa made progress. They had a good story to tell... basic services like water, electricity, sanitation and housing were rolled out. The economy started to grow. Unemployment dropped and many people’s standard of living rose. Measures to fix the injustices of the past were introduced.. In those days, most people believed that South Africa was going in the right direction. But then the tide turned."

"The ANC of today is not Nelson Mandela’s ANC. They are two different parties, which just happen to have the same name. "A better life for all" has become "a better life for some". The good story ended in 2007."

Yet the same Helen Zille said President Mbeki and Zuma are not different.

"ANC President Thabo Mbeki and his deputy Jacob Zuma are both unimpressive...They both have support of substantially different constituencies inside and outside the ANC... yet both share a commitment to what the ANC calls the national democratic revolution -- about which there is nothing democratic and which takes precedence ever above our constitution,"  Helen Zille said in 2008

She said Mbeki's record, and his endorsement of the National Democratic Revolution had set the scene for power abuse.

"During his tenure, Mbeki has concentrated power in the presidency, fostering cronyism rather than competence, at the expense of state delivery and accountability," she said...the independence of state institution, Zille said, was steadily diluted during Mbeki's term. The prosecution service targets his opponents otherwise known as ‘the enemy' -- and the prospect of executive control looms for the judiciary....

Gogo Zille went on to call Mbeki and Zuma huge ANC elephants who stumble on vegetation.

When Mbeki resigned and Helen Zille wrote a letter saying her good byes " Mbeki leaves a chequered legacy. His denialism of HIV/Aids crime cost thousands of lives: he undermined his own wisdom of an African renaissance by hiding despots on the continent and by eschewing Nelson Mandela's national building project"

And she ended by saying "Mbeki left office with South Africa more divided than when his term started"

It is this hypocrisy from both the EFF and the DA that must be exposed, obviously we voters are taken for granted.

Only six years ago, Helen Zille was attacking Thabo Mbeki for bad governance and not living up to Mandela's vision. Yet today she praises the same man for good leadership and progress made under his administration.

Why did she (Helen)  not VOTE ANC then if it was good and made progress under President Mandela and President Mbeki whose term ended 5 years ago. I mean if ANC was doing so well, even to an extent of DA seeing it, why not kill the party and join ANC ?

Out of the 20 years of ANC government, Zille says the first 15 years were good but the last 5 were not. More reasons for people to VOTE ANC then if 75% of its years have been wonderful Gogo.

It is the same with the EFF, their leader attacked Thabo Mbeki and now praises him. This is hypocrisy done by both parties to deceive and trick the electorate. It is stupid because voters can see these tricks and lies.

Truth is.

The ANC is still the same ANC that it was under Nelson Mandela. It still has the same policies such as Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment, Gender Equity and all that sought to redress past imbalances. They continue being the foundation of which ANC economic policies are based upon.

It is these policies the DA is against not President Zuma. They were against them when Nelson Mandela was in power. As a matter of fact, Tony Leon was in constant textual fights with Thabo Mbeki because the DA was against these policies when Mbeki was still in power.

Its Mbeki who wrote in ANC TODAY

"The sleight of hand that has produced the illusion consists in the fact that the DA has managed to retain the label “liberal”, while transforming itself into a “conservative” party. From 1994, as the DP, it set out to win the support of the traditional supporters of the NNP, continuing the age-old struggle between the “conservative” and “liberal” tendencies in white politics.

To succeed in this venture, as it has, it had to present itself to the historical base of the NNP as the authentic representative of the “conservative” tradition, asserting that the NNP no longer was. To maintain the support of its own traditional base, it had to continue to project a “liberal” face, which it could claim the NNP never had.

Thabo Mbeki went on to quote the then ANC Deputy Chief Whip Andries Nel’s response to DA leader Tony Leon explaining ANC’s intention with Transformation.

"...the goal of this transformation is to achieve “representivity” – a state of affairs in which every institution, public and private, reflects the demographics of South Africa as a whole..

“If Mr. Leon is suggesting that we should perpetuate apartheid by agreeing to a situation where some institutions, public and private, are left to be unrepresentative, then clearly we disagree on more than just means”

This was in response to Leon saying the DA agrees there was a need for radical transformation but disagrees on the means.

Andries would then ask  “How does one argue for radical and fundamental change in our context and at the same time oppose attempts to make society as representative as possible?”

Looks like Andries’ question to Leon 9 years ago would apply to Helen's DA today.

To Andries’s question Mbeki answered  ”it is that this emanates from the need to be simultaneously “conservative” and “liberal”

So we know, the DA never agreed to policies Nelson Mandela implemented, the same policies that went to the Mbeki administration. The Same policies that are in the Zuma administration. It is these policies they are against. Not Zuma

or as they put it "Zuma's ANC".

What's funny is that after Helen Zille delivered her attacks on President Zuma rather her plans for South Africa

DA IS A JOKE trended on Twitter see #DAisaJoke

A City Press journalist retweeted it and said Zille's speech was a snooze. She was attacked by Helen Zille for simply telling the truth. DA is a joke and Helen's speech yesterday was a snooze.

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