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In true opposition fashion, DA members choose to make their candidate look good by badmouthing the other one, says Frank Horn.
Durban - While there is no love lost between the DA and myself, I admire Lindiwe Mazibuko for her courage at venturing into a political party which accommodates so many hard-core conservatives from the pre- 1994 era.
To be fair to the DA, not all members of the opposition party are segregationists. The archaic mindsets are predominantly to be found in the older generation.
They forever want to call back the past, making the DA oppose every idea presented by the governing party.
One of the KZN regional papers this weekend exposed serious division in the DA. This relates to who should receive the baton from Helen Zille in 2015.
This battle for the top position is reported to be between Mazibuko and the DA’s candidate for premier of Gauteng, Mmusi Maimane.
The two camps motivate their choice by discrediting the other candidate instead of presenting the positive attributes of their preferred person.
Mazibuko’s spokeswoman, Siviwe Gwarube, says the perceived rivalry is due to people attempting to create divisions before next year’s elections.
If we accept the spokeswoman’s reasoning, we still have to ask who these party-splitters are.
We do know they are the people censuring Mazibuko for hiring a luxury car in London at a cost of R30 000 and the counter censurers wanting to know why Maimane has four bodyguards.
What is apparent is the possibility that the two candidates are being used to divide the popular vote in order to create an opportunity for a third opportunist, with more conservative views, to take over.
It is natural for any party to have people who prefer different leaders and they will always present the positive attributes of their choice for the job.
Not the DA, though. In true opposition fashion, party members choose to make their candidate look good by badmouthing the other one.
This sows great doubt as to whether the pipedream of one day ruling South Africa is a feasible wish for the DA, which seems to be incapable of detaching itself from the opposition syndrome.
Taxpayers fund the government and this institution includes parliamentarians on both sides of the floor. Collectively they should govern. During elections, parties oppose each other in the hope of becoming the government of the day, but when elected they should govern responsibly and not oppose legislation for electioneering purposes.
It is obvious the opposition believes they can win support by continuously opposing the ruling party regardless of valid necessity. The DA’s habit of referring legislation to the courts is of concern to the electorate and indicative of a party either abusing the democratic system or lacking capacity to debate successfully with the government.
South Africa has no need for an opposition party if legislation has to pass through the courts, including the Constitutional Court at times. The courts are now fulfilling the role of the opposition parties, who are not skilled in debating for better legislation than that presented by the ANC.
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