A group called the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement has called on the former Democratic Alliance leader Hellen Zille, who is the Western Cape Premier; not to look out for the votes of the black people for her party in the forth coming local government elections.
Gathering in Keizergracht Street in Cape Town on Thursday for its march against racism in the city, in preparation for the awaiting SONA, some members of the group who spoke with reporters said Zille and her party should look else where for votes as they would not vote for people who calls them monkeys. “Zille must ask other animals for votes, not us, who the white people call monkeys,” the protester said.
Prior to this time, the group’s spokesman said Zille was had not been performing well as the city’s premier. He called her a “germ from Germany” who must “go back to where she came from.”
Being the eldest child of parents who separately left Germany in the 1930s to avoid Nazi persecution, Zille has grown and had all her life in South Africa and her record showed she has not engaged herself in any anti-black activities. She was one of the journalists who exposed the truth behind the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko while working for the Rand Daily Mail in the late 1970s and also worked with the Black Sash and other pro-democracy groups during the 1980s.
Zille was even selected as World Mayor of the Year from a field of 820 candidates in 2008 and since she became the leader of the DA, she has challenged the ruling government on a number of issues ranging from crime, health, judicial independence among several others.
While the protest march was going on, amidst high police presence in the CBD, Ses’khona members had an almost physical contact with some students who were identified to be members of the Pan African Congress of Azania (PAC), who called them bullies.
The march was later called off by the group’s convener, Loyiso Nkohla, after the group handed a memorandum over to the office of the Public Protector in the city. However, a large number of the group were seen matching to the parliament.
A number of groups have been said to have staged their protests in the city including the unauthorized #RhodesMustFall group but they were escorted by police to the #ZumaMustFall protest in the CBD, where they said they wanted to be.
Riot police have been said to have rushed to Parliament later this afternoon to block toyi-toying protesters approaching the building some four hours ahead of the President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address.
The protesters among which, are the members of the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement, were stopped at the corner of Plein and Barrack streets by a fleet of armored vehicles, one with a water canon mounted on top.