Know Your DA thinks Blacks are Stupid

2013-09-11 17:32

While we were still appalled by the politicization of the Pinetown Truck accident by the DA KZN, Musi Maimane unveiled DA’s second phase of the “Know Your DA campaign” saying they are in full support of BEE and Land reform.

From adopting Nelson Mandela and putting him on its campaign posters and flyers as if he is a political orphan on the Campaign’s first phase, the DA continued to lie and trick South Africans in an attempt to win their VOTES.

DA’s Maimane including all DA leaders on twitter shouted that they support Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) that will create jobs not billionaires.

We know Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) as a programme launched by the our government to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving previously disadvantaged groups (black Africans, Coloureds, Indians and some Chinese) of South African citizens economic privileges previously not available to them. It includes measures such as Employment Preference, skills development, ownership, management and socioeconomic development.

So what the DA was actually saying is that they support this policy when in reality they don’t because their policies discourage the use of race as an indicator.

A day after the launch of this campaign, DA’s Federal Chair Wilmot James proved this saying they will dump BEE in favour of “Diversity Economic Empowerment” aka DEE if it won next year’s general election.

Interviewed by Eusebius McKaiser in PowerFM, James said they DA did won’t be stuck in the racial definition of BEE but would use socio-economic indicators.

“The DA would wipe the racial definition of BEE and replace it with Diversity Economic Empowered” James said when McKaiser was asking him to be clear.

One wonders then why the DA did not say this in their billboard “We Support Diversity Economic Empowerment, not Black Economic Empowerment”. It only makes sense for them to say so when they will drop the B for blacks and replace it with a D for diversity if they win next year’s elections.

What James said on the Radio Interview was in full was in contradiction to Helen Zille’s MetroFM interview and Maimane’s who said they supported BEE.

Such contradictions further proves that the DA will tweak the truth a little before elections and change its position after. Assuming  that the black ANC majority voters can  be tricked ( an assumption that they are stupid) into believing that the DA wants to pursue such policies when in actual fact it does not.

But then if we would have to ask ourselves who is telling the real truth we would pick James. In the interview he was clear on DA’s stance on BEE.

James said the DA did “not support the use of racial targets and quotas” in the application of BEE, adding that companies should be left to set their own targets.

James suggests that companies should be left alone to set their targets in employing people.

I find the above statement highly problematic in the current South African economy. 19 years after 1994, our economy remains firmly in white hands. The companies that James says should be left to set their targets have failed to meet targets set by government.

Black South Africans directly own less than 10% of the JSE. Whites today earn 6 times more than blacks. Whites are standing at more than 68% while blacks are less than 16% in management position in the private sector. This is despite the fast growing black middle class boosted by the ANC government policies meant to redress past inequalities.

Despite the progress being made by government it’s the black majority in South Africa that continues to be confronted by poverty, unemployment and inequality.

The labour market and the private sector are still largely controlled by white South Africans.

Analysts argue that it will take until 2061, that’s 48 years from now on until black and white families bring home the same salaries.

We all know this is a direct result of the apartheid system which used race to advance one group.

The DA then suggests that we should drop any policy like BEE that uses race to include the black previously disadvantaged in the economy. This beats all logic because when these people were excluded using race in the economy.

As if the DA did not learn anything from the first phase of the campaign, many we left confused and some angry at the DA. Only its supporters had smiles of their face.

“We support BEE that creates jobs, not Billionaires” DA’s Billboard on an unlucky JHB building boldly says with a picture of someone who looks like a construction worker next to it.

DA’s text suggests that Black Economic Empowerment policies they “supposedly support” will only create workers not billionaires.

Although South Africa’s BEE policy does not stipulate that will create Billionaires, one would assume that when people are empowered by such policies they will be entrepreneurs who will create jobs for others, while becoming millionaires and billionaires in the process.

For a political party then to suggest that they don’t want to create billionaires at the same time suggesting it wants to create workers is an insult in a country like ours.

As a young South African I want a government that will pursue policies that won’t make me a worker for the rest of my life.

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