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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kuvha, wrote

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01:12pm on 3 August 2011
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i am really touched by lindiwes word,this lady she is brilliant,i really like her courage.i dont really like DA but hey this lady i can vote for her if she stand for presidency

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Johan, wrote

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12:57pm on 3 August 2011
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Give the lady a Bells

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Nixsa, wrote

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12:46pm on 3 August 2011
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If this black vs. white issue doesn't stop, then we do Madiba and all the great ANTI-Apartheid legacy leaders and fighters a great injustice. Peace and equality will move us forward. Bitter hate speak will do nothing constructive. Thank you, Lindiwe. I'd vote for you as president!

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:44pm on 3 August 2011
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Mazibuko is not equal to Zille or Patricia, that there just makes her argument pointless as fact is not at the foundation. She must just worry about the internal politics in her party, has there ever been an African person at the most senior position in that party in a country of 80% africans?

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Garth, wrote

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12:44pm on 3 August 2011
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Lindiwe, you are a breath of fresh air and you make a lot of sense. You have my vote for whatever party you stand for...

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:32pm on 3 August 2011
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If the DA supporters think that she is a capable leader and not just another rhetoric they must elect her as their leader and advance her to stand for elections in 2014. otherwise she is just another pawn in the political game.

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The Rajah, wrote

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12:25pm on 3 August 2011
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Lindiwe for President!!! I hope that other like mided youth, especially female academics, provide you with open support and share ideas without having to remain voiceless.

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TOKYO3991, wrote

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12:23pm on 3 August 2011
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@Anonymous (11.53a.m).... you're the only dissenting opinion. The measure of democracy lies in a majority's tolerance of minority views and sensitivities. Sadly, the ANC of today woefully fails the people it purports to serve. GO LINDIWE, SA LOVES YOU!

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:01pm on 3 August 2011
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Now here is somebody that could or should become the next president of South Africa. She has all the right attributes unlike the ANC and ANCYL uneducated idiots.

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Juan, wrote

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12:01pm on 3 August 2011
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Lindiwe, yes you make sense, but unfortunately to the masses, a raised fist accompanied by "viva" and "amandla" shouts, with a couple of free anc tshirts thrown at them makes more sense than sound policies and forward thinking.

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:58am on 3 August 2011
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I wonder if the DA would have the time to respond to a all these things and still run SA. Maybe she should just sue this man for Racism, Sexism, Communism, Chauvinism, Hate Speech, Bee Capitalism, Tenderpreneurship, etc, etc, etc,......Amen! Ha!Ha!Ha!

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:53am on 3 August 2011
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im not an anc member nor am i a da member but this mazibuko woman talks a lot of hogwash. she speaks english very well but with not much sense.

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spoko, wrote

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11:52am on 3 August 2011
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I think she understands what she stands for...she makes alot of sense than the other people that we all know.....especially the ones that owns double storey houses worth billions and charity trusts

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:42am on 3 August 2011
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Lindiwe, u couldn't have said it better... you are a really wise woman. We need to move past the racial barriers and focus on our future.

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