Thabo Mbeki warned us about the DA.

2013-11-25 22:13

BREAKING NEWS: The Democratic Alliance over the weekend discovered that “RACE” in South Africa still matters. This discovery comes after over 300 years of colonial rule, 48 years of apartheid rule and 20 years into the South Africa’s democracy. The DA has made its LONG WALK to reality.

But despite this BIG BLUE DISCOVERY the DA failed to present a solid policy to its own voters and those they wish to attract. Instead, they insulted and undermined blacks as always do with matters concerning Race and Redress.

It all started when Maimane launched the second phase of “Know your DA” campaign saying they support BEE and land reform. DA’s federal Chair Wilmot James later corrected Maimane saying they don’t support BEE but propose “Diversity Economic Empowerment”. Confusion within the DA started.

Then James and Lindiwe who leads DA’s Black caucus voted in favour of Employment Equity Amendment Bill. The DA got an unexpected response from its support base and Helen Zille was forced to say “Lindiwe got it all wrong”. And she went on to reshuffle DA’s parliament caucus. DA’s Black caucus was left confused and cold as those outside the ANC always feel.

Realising the plane had crashed, Helen Zille stood firm and told South African the DA rejects employment equity as it is race-based. She viewed this as “verwoedian”; successfully, she won back her traditional support base at the expense of blacks who had to wait until the weekend.

Columnists such as Eusbius MacKaiser would pen trying to influence the DA for its rigid liberal ideology stance.

Interestingly, Helen Zille responded to MacKaiser saying the DA supports the need for redress. She went on to say it has been working where they govern in Western Cape. Helen gave an example of black construction workers building the Khayelitsha hospital.

This was highly offensive to me; Helen views redress as giving blacks hard labour jobs and she terms this “extending opportunities to blacks”.

I  reminded Helen that blacks never had a hard time finding jobs in construction, mines and farms as hard labourer.

Redress is about giving black the opportunity to own mines, own constructions companies and farms. It’s not about making more and duplicating hard labourers with more blacks.

These events were leading to last weekend which they DA supposedly constructed its redress policy that is better than the ANC. After reading it, I have an opinion.

The DA continues to play blind to the realities of blacks in South Africa. They say they support transformation and redress but they are not willing to do anything about it.

In an attempt to clarify its policy the DA contrasts its policy to ANC’s. And here, they show cheap politics and subtle insults to blacks.

Vaguely, the DA says its policy promotes “diversity” while the ANC’s promotes “representivity”. This they did not thumb suck but lifted it from ANC’s briefings and policies on transformation.

Writing a letter to ANC TODAY in 2004, Thabo Mbeki told us of “A TALE OF TWO PARTIES”’ contrasting the National Party and the DP now DA.

Here Thabo Mbeki made a resounding argument of how the National Party died and the DA took over with a liberal identity but transforming into a conservative party which the National Party was.

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 goes 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 is 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 today.

To Andries's question Mbeki answered  "is that this emanates from the need to be simultaneously "conservative" and "liberal".

From Leon to Helen, the DA has been in support of redress of past imbalances but rejects the means already in place. Looks like this wishy washy stance the DA is taking is something that has always defined it. Helen continues to do what Leon was doing.

This is where the DA lifts this “representivity” they say they are opposed to and are for “diversity”.

Borrowing from Andries, I would like to ask the DA if representivity is to achieve a state of affairs in which every institution, public and private, and the economy reflects the demographics of South Africa as Thabo Mbeki and Andries put it clearly why reject it?

It really makes no sense to contrast representivity as defined by the ANC with diversity, they mean the same thing. A diverse economy will represent the demographics of South Africa

Then DA goes on to say ANC’s policy encourages corruption and advancement depends on connections. I take this as an insult to blacks.

Firstly, independent think tanks, universities and institution testify that ANC policies on redress have created a striving, fast growing middle class.

A study by UCT’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing has found that South Africa’s black middle class is showing “meteoric” growth, and has  combined spending power of more than R400 billion a year is indispensable to the economy. The black middle class grew from 1.7 million in 2004 to 4.2 million in 2012.

Goldman Sachs recently reported that between 2001 and 2010 the number of people LSN 5-10 increased from 48% to 69%, this resulted in 10 million South Africans graduating into the middle and upper class. This 1 MILLION a year leap into the middle and upper class phenomena they credit to ANC’s policy on redress.

The DA then argues that the only people the ANC advances are “political connected” or advance due to corruption.

So according to the DA, the 10 million people who became middle and upper class due to ANC policies were either corrupt or political connected.Such ignorance and lies to confuse voters.

I can't dismiss however the stereotype that exist in our society especially those in the DA support base; the stereotype that blacks cannot succeed without corruption or unethical ends.

The DA then continues to lie in its contrasting graph saying the ANC undermines the NDP and they support it.

Tell me DA, why are you trying to snatch an ANC policy saying you support it and you don’t undermine it yet you reject its components such as Affirmative Action and Race quotas?

The DA also says that business should not be forced to transform rather they should be incentivised. The DA rejects punitive measures and proposes “positive incentives”.

Dear DA, lets apply incentives to your party first; see, if business are not forced to transform they will be like you, the DA. Your party structures continue to be dominated by white male. You then front by putting black faces in PR position like icing on a cake covering the white inner parts.

They "diversity" you now advocate for is one not visible in your own political party; how will your friends comply to you when you are not setting an example.

If you as a party, after so many years have failed to transform voluntarily, what makes you think business will transform without being forced to?

“Punitive measures” are there to lead business to transform into a “representivity” society that reflects the demographics of South Africa.

The struggle is not over in South Africa especially those in the DA. They have found themselves a new struggle of having to convince their white counterparts about the realities of black communities.

Thabo Mbeki warned us about the DA that was transforming to the National Party 9 years ago. Mbeki's letter ended by saying

All this (Rejection of Transformation policies) confirms the success the DA has achieved in defining itself as essentially a white party, an objective it pursued when it decided to replace the NNP as the authentic representative of the white "conservative" tendency in our national life. By so doing, it provided a new home for this tendency, rather than secure the victory of "liberalism" over "conservatism.

In 1994, the National Party got 20% of National Votes and won Western Cape, it dissolved and the DA took over getting 16% in 2009's elections and won Western  Cape. The DA continues  to ride on the NP wave, winning with absolute majority in areas Verwoerd once controlled.

Esethu Hasane is a final-year student at the University of Cape Town in pursuit of a B.soc.sc Degree with Majors in International Relations, Public Policy and Media. Like Kay Sexwale, if he would be held at gun point and be forced to choose between the FFP and the DA; he would chose the FFP because it does not lie or front like the DA does.

Follow him eBhovuza NgeTweets @Esethu_u

Cites - A Tale of  Two Parties by Mbeki http://www.anc.org.za/docs/anctoday/2004/at22.htm

Goldman Sachs Report : http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/focus-on/growth-markets/colin-coleman/20-yrs-of-freedom.pdf

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