Mazibuko slams ANC over racism, sexism


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Lindiwe Mazibuko said the divisive, racial path was too easy. Photo : Masi Losi

Misogyny and racism have found a comfortable home in the ANC, says DA national spokeswoman Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Speaking at a Cape Town Press Club event on Tuesday, Mazibuko laid into the ANC for failing to act against those within its ranks who spouted racism and sexism.

Mazibuko drew on a number of incidents that took place during the municipal elections, including Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s reference to DA leader Helen Zille, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Mazibuko as “a madam and two stooges” on account of their faces appearing on the DA’s election posters.

“(This is) presumably because, in minister Nzimande’s own warped mind, a white woman, a coloured woman and a black woman cannot possibly relate to one another as equals,” she said.

Mazibuko noted that Nzimande was never taken to task for his comments and that he was duly followed down the path of racist rhetoric by other members of the governing party. She recounted her experience with ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who infamously refused to debate with her on radio, saying he would not debate with “the madam’s tea girl”.

She also referred to ANC MP and Young Communist League leader Buti Manamela’s “vitriolic diatribe” in which he referred to black supporters of the DA as “monkeys doing the bidding of their masters” and the utterances of Nceba Faku, the ANC’s man in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, who exhorted his supporters to burn down the offices of the Eastern Cape Herald.

He also, according to Mazibuko, “declared that black South Africans who voted for the DA should go to Europe or be driven into the sea”.

The ANC had distanced itself from Faku’s incitement to arson, but remained mum about his racist comments, she noted. Mazibuko was invited to speak on the theme, Is South African politics really only about black politics?

“Some people in South Africa really do want to make this country’s politics about ‘black politics’ only. Not all are in the ANC, and not all of those in the ANC want this. But since the party has failed categorically to repudiate the words of those who peddle the politics of racial division in its name, we can only surmise that it hopes to capitalise on division for electoral success, while at the same time preaching non-racialism and claiming a commitment to the values of a glorious past,” she said.

Mazibuko said the “divisive, racial” path chosen by some politicians was an easy path.

But more importantly, she said, it also appealed to “the most wounded parts of the South African psyche – the anger, shame, denial and deficit of self-esteem which apartheid has bequeathed to us”.

“It is the path of easy villains, lack of empathy and understanding, and the peddling of fear, loathing and resentment. This is also why it is profoundly bad for South Africa and bad for democracy,” added Mazibuko.

“Nelson Mandela showed us the way forward. Reconciliation takes courage and generosity. And it takes time.” - Political Bureau


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Naked Eyes, wrote

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05:22pm on 3 August 2011
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Black and White is best left in a bottle where it is fused together, does not bring the same pleasure if separated, a match in heaven, and something that has stood the test of time over the years, So to all you racists with your racist remark do not interfere with the harmony of Black and white whisky, you are damaging its good flavor. Now Lindiwe is a modern day politician, who has risen above petty politics and I am sure that had she been a member of any other political party she would maintain her stand and commented in the manner she does. So to all you buffoons that wish to see thru' colour and gender I am confident it is your own insecurity and lack of the courage that this young lady has that vents itself in the manner you fools comment. Be FREE brothers not feared.

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Anonymous, wrote

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05:16pm on 3 August 2011
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Shame .. She is so far ahead of the ANCYL thugs who probably can't even spell the word Misogyny let alone know what it means ...problem is that the bulk of the youth in this country aspire to be more like Malema and his sidekicks than this young lady...

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Free Citizen, wrote

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05:09pm on 3 August 2011
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Bravo Lindiwe! You have the courage to voice your beliefs! Do continue to show example to the many who's minds are still shackled by racism, division and victimhood by the ANC propaganda machine. As the present "ruling party" regime (they do not deserve or qualify to be called Government) is utterly unable to present, never mind to execute a working programme to lead South Africa, hence the only thing they can come up with is outdated political rhetoric. This is a carboncopy of the politics of the ex-Soviet Union. As we know, collapse was inevitable. Now we have the same in the USA. They will also fall apart. You are one of the few in a position to prevent the same fate to happen to SA. Do your best, there are many who have only blessings for you!

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Anton, wrote

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04:01pm on 3 August 2011
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@Anonymous, 12:44pm: 'has there ever been an African person at the most senior position in that party in a country of 80% africans' good point mate, although i dont reall seeing a white person at a most senior position within the ANC either.....?

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Chris, wrote

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03:40pm on 3 August 2011
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What wonderfully refreshing emotional intelligence. We need to clearly understand that when you indulge in the type of rhetoric Lindiwe is adverting to you are behaving in exactly the same manner as the oppressor who denied you an opinion, a voice or a choice, because heshe had already labeled you as a “stupid k*****”.

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Thor!, wrote

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03:12pm on 3 August 2011
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AS much as I support her right to air her views, I disagree with her on several fronts. Take her argument of singling out the ANC for racist vitriol. THe DA in previous elections adopted the tried and tested scare mongering tactics which were race based; this was contained in their subliminal messaging! Unless of course she did not pick that up! Also, racism is going to be with us in SA for as long as we do not accept and adopt the majority viewpointsentiment into our thinking and policy making process.It is alright to have all the goodwill and good intent, it is useless in real politik especially in a society as fractured as ours is right now even! No, send me another voice, this one speaks eloquently but has no substantive solutions; and people do not eat nice sound bites and words, nor intellectual points scoring.

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Boldrock, wrote

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02:51pm on 3 August 2011
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@Anon 12:44pm, you are really brilliant in your understanding of what is happening in SA politics. Lindiwe has questionably risen throught the ranks of the DA in a very short period of time. It is called a front, how much sway she and Wilmot and other non-whites have is honestly Zero. Even within the Party, they need to ensure that she is well groomed and pumpped with minority ideals before she can be trusted to lead. She can be the making or unmaking of the Party. Her animal impulses will draw her to question certain things as she understands politics better and gains true exposure. Her genetic disposition will see her drowning in a sea of right wingers and that will be the end of the DA. The alternate is to make it a demographicaly representitive Party from top to bottom. Believe me I know, they are not willing to let go and so the DA will eventually fold up and die. That is the day we are waiting for because our true custodians and heroes can lead without the irritancy of the disease filled DA fly.

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Tshifhiwa Maxwell Mashau, wrote

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02:48pm on 3 August 2011
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The ANC alongside all the political parties constituted by the black majority of this country were coined to fight and curtail the “fiery furnace” of apartheid, hence majority of such political parties happens to be black. Now the DA seems to be getting members who are also black, however I concede that their national spokesperson who holds a high office within DA rankings is black. I’ll believe that the DA is for both blacks and whites when they elect a black president. What happened to their previous deputy president who was black? He just vanished to nowhere, and I must believe it’s for both blacks and whites. Ms Mazibuko is one of few deceivable blacks who would wake up to realize they’ve been used big time. My problem with the DA is that they’ve become an opposition party in a true sense of the word. Instead of telling us what alternative they’ve got for this country they lambaste the ANC and the president. That doesn’t and cannot help us at all. Take this column for instance, Ms Mazibuko is using all the jovial and fluvial terms to sort of digress from the theme of the day by evincing how terrible the ANC comrades are. Majority of the provincial MPs in Western Cape are male. That’s sexism. What’s she talking about. The ANC is non sexist as everyone could see. She should bite her tongue.

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carlos, wrote

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02:46pm on 3 August 2011
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I just love this woman. Integrity and fearlessness. Not that it's lacking in Helen, but this is still a racist country, she just suffers from paleness. Go, girls, go!

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Bhambatha ka Zulu. , wrote

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02:44pm on 3 August 2011
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Just a remind my sister - i qoute 4rm one of a white man's speech "The old trick of divide and rule is still very valid today. Our experts should work day and night to set the Black man against his fellowman. His inferior sense of morals can be exploited beautifully. And here is a creature that lacks foresight. There is a need for us to combat him in long term projections that he cannot suspect." I understand i might also sound stupid and racist to you! Whenever you speak its always your black brothers and sister which are at fault, We have never had you responding to issues of land transformation which is highly a problem and is whiten the hands of the minority yet you say you speak for all, You also need to address the issue of lack of black men in the ranks of your party first – Just a remind we are not fools, the old trick will never work. Also look at your weight, if it was a black person in the ANC let alone Malema it would have been questioned by you and your bosses.

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Matrix, wrote

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02:42pm on 3 August 2011
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As long as you fixate about colour you will always be the losers. How idiotic must you not be to say we must have a black person doing this or that. How evil must you not be, guided by the very devil that everybody seems to hate. As long as you are a racist, you will always be unjust and you will never know peace or success. As long as you continue to judge a man by the colour of his skin you will be cursed. Our Creator made us different colours and different tribes as a token of his Greatness. Never has a white man been superior to a black man nor a black man superior to a white man. Wake up South Africa and smell the coffee.

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carlos, wrote

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02:44pm on 3 August 2011
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I just love this woman. Integrity and fearlessness. Not that it's lacking in Helen, but this is still a racist country, she just suffers from paleness. Go, girls, go!

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:29pm on 3 August 2011
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Its easy for her, Ms. Lindiwe Mazibuko, to talk like that especially now that she's been given job by Madam Zille. Lindiwe, I encourage you to continue singing the praises of the Madam. Judging with the way talk or write, it shows that you're from a well to do background.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:25pm on 3 August 2011
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What do you expect from a party that created the Department of Women, Children and the Disabled? Says it all really.

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Motho, wrote

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02:14pm on 3 August 2011
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Lindiwe must go to the elders in the ANC in order to be taught " politics". She is just a poor coconut who has allowed herself to be used by the racist DA. SHAME ON HER, SHE MUST THINK AGAIN. ANYWAY, SHE IS STILL YOUNG TO LEARN.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:05pm on 3 August 2011
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Ms Mazibuko for President!

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Barend Cronje, wrote

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01:57pm on 3 August 2011
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Thanks we need more positive South Africans. I was born under the apartheid rule, I did not invent it however I am been punished for it. Two wrongs dont make a right. One wrong and one right make a neutral ground which is a good foundation for democrocy

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Gavin, wrote

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01:41pm on 3 August 2011
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As much as I respect Helen, she will never be president. The country won't be ready for a woman president in the forseeable future. However, Lindiwe I think has a good chance. You will definitely get my vote.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:39pm on 3 August 2011
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This is what we need in our country, a youth wise enough to not buy into the cheap and nasty rhetoric of black vs white, rich vs poor. We need to rise above this in union and realise that we are being played against one another using fear and anger. I am tired of politicians drawing racial lines amongst us. Mazibuko I wish you well along you career path and hope to see you as the head of the DA soon.

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Mr X, wrote

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01:18pm on 3 August 2011
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I would like to see this girl elected as a DA leader not in ma life time. She is just waisting her time trying to fit in, shame on her. People who don't know who they are and are they coming from.

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