The Democratic Alliance Soweto West branch secretary has cried out against continuous relegation of black members in the party. They stated that DA black members are just ’employees’, as they are disdainfully disrespected.
Buzzsouthafrica learnt that the Soweto West branch scribe made this known when he spoke to News24. Painfully, Billy Nyaku also recounted that during an event organized by the party last week, no black member from the Soweto constituency spoke.
Speaking more about what happened at the party’s event, Nayku opined that Soweto branch, as the hosting branch did so much to ensure that the event was hitch-free. But to their amazement, someone was directed to take over the programme.
‘Herman Mashaba had come to speak and we organised buses with people and encouraged them to support, wearing DA T-shirts. We were the home constituency and they imported someone to come through and take over the programme. It was very frustrating because we put a lot of work into that,” said Nyaku.
However, when DA Gauteng provincial leader John Moodey was contacted, he refuted Nyaku’s claim and stated that his claim was simply “baseless”.
“He comes across as someone who is disgruntled, therefore has become very personal and is blowing this out of proportion. I question his statistics. As a black person myself, I am very comfortable in the party. Mmusi Maimane is not the youth leader. He is a national leader and the DA’s number one.”
“There are steps to take within party structures if he feels there are issues,” Moodey further reiterated.
However, Nyaku used the medium to challenge DA leader Mmusi Maimane, whom he urged to brace up in ensuring that blacks have a say in the party. He also called on Mmusi to provide enabling leadership ground for prospective black youths.
“There are no youth structures in this party. It does not work. He needs to step down and allow other strong young black leaders to have a space.”
Furthermore, Nyaku lamented the absence of white members in attending meetings in Soweto. An act, he largely frowned at. “This is not the only issue. When we have events in Soweto none of the white members attend.”
Worried about what is going on the party, he further claimed that there was freedom is far away from DA black members.
“People are afraid to speak out because they do not want to lose their jobs. We don’t have influential black leaders in the party. We cannot challenge decisions made by whites. I was not brought into this party to listen.”
“I am on the ground and I want to assist my people through the party. But at the moment, we are not being heard. We are being led. I feel be we are being disrespected. Black leaders in the DA are just employees. We need understand, we can learn a lot from black leaders. There are maybe 1% of blacks that are influential in the party.”
Last month, a black leader in DA alleged that Mmusi easily gets influenced by the whites; whom the source called “puppet masters”.
Speaking about racism, the source maintained that racism in the Democratic Alliance is real. The leader further added that nothing will change until DA leader Mmusi Maimane breaks ties with the white men running the show behind the scenes.
“I feel powerless when my activists come to me and say they are victims of racism from senior people in the party, who say they should be grateful that the DA keeps them busy because otherwise they would probably be out stealing and killing people somewhere,” said one constituency leader. “I mean, what is that?”
Speaking also, one national head office staff member said “We just live with it [racism] . We talk about it among ourselves, but are too scared to report it because we don’t want to lose our jobs or be victimized further.”
“Even if you report it, nothing will be done anyway.”