The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane has promised to root out racism from the party saying racism is an inherited curse which has to be dealt with.
Maimane who was responding to the recent publicized incidences of racism on social media, as well as between members of the party said he is trying hard to delete traces of racism between the black and white members of the party.
“Black faces to win black votes is an ANC message, they are trying to split us on the basis of race.“I inherited a party and I’m working to change that,”
We could recall that DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard was fired last year after she shared a Facebook post calling for the return of apartheid-era President PW Botha. She pleaded guilty to all charges including that of bringing the party into disrepute and was subsequently expelled.
Though she later appealed her expulsion and was reinstated as an MP, Maimane insists the party still has a lot to do in tackling racism in the party if it must move forward but acknowledged the good efforts being made.
“I think the message that people are putting forward is a racist message, it’s fundamentally racist – it’s an ANC message. They are trying to split us on the basis of race. I don’t build a party for black people, I don’t build a party for white people, I build a party for all South Africans. Why would I front to a level where we say all of our potential candidates are black?” he asked.
“Go to any of our provinces – everything is changing. I’m not saying we are perfect. I’m saying everything is changing.”
Meanwhile, the party has promised to also make jobs its number one priority for DA government in Tshwane.
Speaking at a community meeting at the Eersterust Civic Centre in Eersterust, Tshwane, the DA Leader Mmusi Maimane said the new struggle in South Africa is the struggle for jobs and employment and the DA will put that first if voted in.
“Since the beginning of this year, 40 000 more residents of this city unable to find work, and unable to experience an acceptable quality of life.
“Democrats, the statistics are frightening. Currently, 517 000 people in this city cannot find work. And this number is increasing each and every year, unfortunately, this will not stop as long as the ANC remains in government here in Tshwane.
“The DA has been tested on this, and we deliver better than any other party in the country… That is not opinion, or an electioneering tactic. It’s cold, hard fact.”Mmusi Maimane said as he urged south Africans to give the party a chance to make a change in the country.