While DA opposes Affirmative Action it also implements it, incorrectly.

2014-05-26 21:10

Recently, former Apartheid State President/ Democratic South Africa Deputy President F.W de Klerk broke his long silence out of his Apartheid guilt closet.

Breaking free, he bemoaned ANC's race-policies that in his eyes are not different to Apartheid policies he presided over.

He was talking about BEE, Affirmative Action and other policies the ANC calls redress-policies. His feelings are not idling in an island, they're widely shared amongst white South Africans.

Very few understand such policies and their need in the new South Africa.

It will take white South Africans themselves to understand these policies. It will take the institutions and organisation that pose themselves as their representatives but there is a problem.

As a party that is voted for by 93% of whites, one would hope the DA would be that organisation that would enlighten those who fail to understand redress.

But instead of making them understand, the DA entrenches the wrong perceptions and stereotypes its dominant white constituency have about redress policies.

When de Klerk complained about Affirmative Action, he made an outcry about how, with such policy, merit is overlooked just to get a "black-face".

This is a complaint we often here from white South Africans who say such policies are discriminatory against them.

Its the same argument the DA makes but poised differently.

"We support Affirmative Action BUT race should not be used, merit should"

Clever way of rejection Affirmative Action: how do you support something and reject its "core" component?

But though the DA has been a staunch opposer of Affirmative Action, it has been implementing it to the detriment of whites understanding the policy.

DA Leader Helen Zille has a list of Blacks. These blacks are new comers to the DA, political immature and very inexperienced compared to people who have been with the DA since they cant remember.

Lindiwe Mazibuko was on top of this list until recently when Zille used her pen to cross Lindiwe off!

She rose into DA Leadership ranks like a rocket, so fast, she did not even notice what Helen Zille was planning for her - Nothing but a Map with GPS coordinates pointing her to the DA door where another black, Mmusi Maimane was waiting to enter after.

Both Maimane and Lindiwe were Helen Zille's party Spokespersons. They don't have a political background but were rocketed into DA leadership post at the expense of experienced candidates who happened to be white.

This was clear in the case of Mamphela who knew nothing about the party but was parachuted into its Presidential candidacy until the kiss of death.

So the 93% whites that vote DA see Affirmative Action being implemented by a party that rejects it and have to lump it because they understand the need to "VOTE TO WIN".

But this is not good for a country on a quest to reconciliation. A party that represents whites should implement Affirmative Action in its original envisioned purpose to inspire confidence and understanding of such a dividing policy but instead the DA implements it to confirm stereotypes and awaken fears whites have on the policy.

DA puts on a live show for them of how Affirmative Action can sometimes be wrongly implemented but they understandably smile because politically "BLACK= POWER" for DA.

White young leaders in DA now know they can't lead DA YOUTH. Similar to any white leader, young or old knows they can't be spokespersons or hold any seat that deals with "Public Relations". All such public relations positions in DA are reserved for blacks.

The DA needs to have a BLACK FACE. So clear in its marketing campaigns you can't help but to laugh. You can't see whites in DA adverts. Gauteng campaign posters were all black, Maimane a.k.a Obama taking the lead.

So when de Klerk, an strong opposer of Affirmative Action and many DA voters (including de Klerk) see the wrong implementation of Affirmative Action in DA, they keep quiet for black votes but it confirms their fears about blacks who take their positions and leaves much to be desired for in redress policies.

Mmusi Maimame is now DA Parliamentary Leader, he has never served in the National Assembly and doesn't even know where its committee meeting are. Like a Fresher at University, he still needs to be shown around Parliament of "which venue is which" but he already holds a seat equivalent to a Lecturer not even an Orientation Rep in this University which happens to be parliament he finds himself into.

A clear misrepresentation of Affirmative Action and how its suppose to be implemented.

Nelson Mandela had this to say on Affirmation Action

"We are not . . . asking for handouts for anyone, nor are we saying that just as a white skin was a passport to privileged past, so a black skin should be the basis for privilege in future.

"Nor . . . is it our aim to do away with qualifications . . . [T]he special measures that we envisage to overcome the legacy of past discrimination are not intended to ensure the advancement of unqualified persons, but to see to it that those who have been denied access to qualifications in the past can become qualified now, and those who have been qualified all along but overlooked because of past discrimination, are at last given their due . . . The first point to be made is that affirmative action must be rooted in principles of justice and equality."

Can we really say today that the DA is implementing Affirmative Action as envissioned by Nelson Mandela.

Follow @EsethuHasane on Twitter.

Former Western Cape Education Refugee at University of Cape Town with a Degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Media and Administration.

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