Pinky Khoabane reminds the ANC Stalwarts that there is nothing “alien” about the ANC advising voters against voting for the Democratic Alliance which at times would be referred to as the “white party” and at other times the party with links to apartheid and this time “umlungu”. The ANC has always painted the DA as s white party with a white leader that Black voters should stay away from. Even with Mmusi Maimane as leader of DA, ANC leaders will remind voters he’s nothing but a stooge who is being controlled by a white woman. Former Presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma have in the past made reference to the DA in this way.
ADDRESSING a rally to commemorate the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) 15th Anniversary in 2000, former President Nelson Mandela warned the gathering against the Democratic Alliance (DA) -“You must not be misled by a party that only cares for blacks on the eve of the elections.”
“No white party can run this country … no matter how they cover up by getting a few black stooges, they (the whites) remain the bosses … they remain a white party.”
“The ANC is the organisation of the future. Nobody can deny the ANC that role,” Mandela said.
Speaking in Parliament in 2001, Mbeki lashed out at those who tried to portray him as a racist.
“Respect for the truth as I see it obliges me to say that it would be eminently dishonest to pretend and assert that the legacy of centuries of colonialism and apartheid has been wiped out in a period of seven years since our liberation.”
Because there was a legacy of racist policies, “we cannot and must not avoid discussion of racism, precisely to ensure that we end racism in our country”.
“To respond to the unfounded fears about the future among some of our compatriots, we are asked to avoid telling the truth. We are asked to say that the legacy of apartheid, of racial divisions and disparities, is no more.
“To force us to tell falsehoods, the insult is thrown out that the very people who sacrificed everything to end racism in our country have chosen to entrench racism, for opportunistic political purposes.”