The DA’s election slogan should be: “We have our principles and if you do not like them, we have others”, says Arthur J Wienburg.
Cape Town - There is an old saying: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”
The official opposition to the National Party (NP), inventors of race-based policies and discrimination which have now been taken over by the ANC, was the United Party (UP). In the main, it followed the NP’s race-based policies.
So it is with the DA and the ANC. Yes, the DA is more efficient than the ANC. It would be very hard not to be so.
Presently, there is little sign of corruption in the structures it governs, although wastage abounds.
In its desperation to grow the party, the DA has moved away from the principles of a non-racial, colour-blind society which was a founding principle of its predecessor, the Progressive Party.
One of its spokesmen, Masizole Mnqasela, said: “There has to be a deliberate bias of preferential treatment towards black people who continue to suffer the consequences of apartheid.”
Even Trevor Manual has said we must stop using apartheid as an excuse.
One has to identify the causes of the crisis in South Africa today.
It is not apartheid – it is lack of proper education, lack of skills, laziness, corruption and theft from the very top down. It is also the tens of billions of rand annually stolen or wasted by the president, the cabinet and its office-bearers.
The aim should be to increase the size of the economy, not to artificially and by discrimination, advantage blacks over whites.
The impediment to economic success is more a result of ANC corruption and its policies.
Job creation is vital.
You will not achieve this by retaining the LRA in its present form or discriminating against whites.
Racial discrimination is not only abhorrent, but bad business.
Giving preferential treatment to black kids over whites, both not born when apartheid ended in 1990, or in 1994 when the ANC came to power, defies logic.
The ANC and the DA insult the very many blacks who in the last 20 years have made good on merit. They did not need artificial and reprehensible discriminatory laws to make them successful.
Conveniently, the DA like the ANC does not advocate a sunset clause to specify when the madness will come to an end.
You do not uplift blacks economically by suppressing whites. By doing so, you discourage whites who presently offer education and skills that are desperately needed.
You don’t grow the economy by retaining the Labour Relations Act in its present form. It destroys jobs and chases away foreign investment essential for growth.
You are opposed to racial discrimination or you are for it.
The DA is for racial discrimination but is opposed to quotas to achieve this objective. If you do not have quotas, how can you effectively implement affirmative action and BEE?
Helen Zille strongly opposed the Employment Equity Amendment Bill which her parliamentary caucus supported. Now she supports it. What changed in a few days to bring about this metamorphosis?
While every political party should strive for power, principles should never be abandoned to gain votes.
Spurious reasons aimed at obfuscating the issue with a view to obtaining votes at the expense of principles fool few people.
The Progressive Party was the moral compass of a racist South Africa. It stuck to its belief code and was not seduced by power.
Sadly, the DA has abandoned the founding values on which it was conceived – those of a non-racial meritocracy – for the sake of votes.
Ethical people and public representatives left the UP to form the Progressive Party. How do members and public representatives look themselves in the mirror and stay with a party which has abandoned its fundamental values?
They should follow Zille’s arrogant advice: “If any South African doesn’t particularly like that, there are many other parties to choose from.”
The DA’s election slogan should be: “We have our principles and if you do not like them, we have others.”
Arthur J Wienburg
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