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Top DA man in Nazi jibe


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DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip

It’s usually the likes of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema who anger the Afrikaner community, but now DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip finds himself in the same boat.

Trollip may have to face the SA Human Rights Commission and the Equality Court after he referred to the chairman of the National Ratepayers Association of South Africa, Jaap Kelder, as an “a***hole and the reincarnation of the AWB, KP, FF+ and Nazi”.

The Pro-Afrikaanse Aksiegroep (Praag) on Monday said it had laid a charge of hate speech against Trollip with the commission.

Vincent Moaga, spokesman for the SAHRC, said he could not confirm receipt of the complaint, “but it could be in the system”.

Dan Roodt, the director of Praag, said Trollip’s comments were disparaging of all Afrikaners.

This follows an e-mail accidentally sent by Trollip to the man he was criticising.

The e-mail read: “Please answer this a***hole (Kelder) once and for all, deal with the Afrikaner issue he raises and tell him to stop masquerading as a ratepayer organisation especially if he is the reincarnation of the AWB, KP, FF+, Nazi.

“Stuur die IDIOOT in sy moer asseblief (Get rid of the IDIOT please). Athol.”

Trollip intended to send the e-mail to his colleague, DA MP Annette Steyn, but instead e-mailed it to Kelder.

Now Praag claims Trollip’s comments were directed at Afrikaners in general and implied that those of “colonial British descent are more intelligent than Afrikaners”.

Trollip, his chief of staff, and DA national spokeswoman Lindiwe Mazibuko could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Roodt said: “We are a threatened minority group. And Trollip’s comments indicated that he said that anybody who identifies themselves as Afrikaner is like Jaap (an a***hole, idiot and reincarnation of AWB, Nazi).”

There seemed to be an increasing intolerance of Afrikaners and by taking up the matter the group was protecting its identity, Roodt said.

He slammed the DA as a “liberal English party who are reinvigorating British imperialism”.

“Trollip can’t even see what he did wrong because according to him Afrikaners like Jaap are so far beneath him, as if they are the master race of the world,” said Roodt.

Kelder told Independent Newspapers last week that his lawyer had advised him not to take legal action because he had made the comments public and not Trollip.

The saga followed Mazibuko’s statements in Parliament during the rural development and land reform budget vote last week.

She had said: “Now the ANC government’s aims may be similar to those of the DA, but its state-centred approach and its failed policy implementation are vastly different.

“And they have had the effect of ultimately hampering the achievement of these all-important goals.”

FF+ MP Pieter Groenewald responded later in a speech, which had been forwarded to Kelder, that Mazibuko’s statements proved that the DA and ANC were sitting around the same fire regarding land reform.

Kelder then sent a letter to the DA last week requesting clarity on its land reform stance.

This prompted Trollip to ask Steyn to respond to him, but the e-mail was sent directly to Kelder and not Steyn.

Kelder called on Trollip to make a donation to an Afrikaner charity by way of an apology.

Trollip last week dismissed this suggestion as the “most cosmetic, venal way to apologise”.

He said while he was not proud of his “unfortunate language” he was “not sorry for identifying him (Kelder) for what he is”.

“It wasn’t supposed to go to the whole country. I wanted to send it to Annette Steyn, but I sent it to Jaap who sent it to the whole country,” said Trollip. - Political Bureau


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Anonymous, wrote

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04:15pm on 21 June 2011
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thank you iol news for actually reporting this instead of ignoring it because it is not a member of the ANC.some other news sites are totally silent about this, probably because it wasnt an ANC member in trouble this time, but you guys know that it is still relevant, thanks

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:24pm on 21 June 2011
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The DA Youth has commented: "We stand behind Atholl Trollip 100%. There is NO home in the DA for racists & right wingers, black or white. Any racist white individual in particular who thinks we are here to protect their minority interests to the detriment of others will not find a home in the DA. We will only ever support policy that is in the interest of realising an equal, democratic, opportunity based future for ALL South Africans."

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Sinies, wrote

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03:21pm on 21 June 2011
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Can mr.Trollip be so kind and enlighten us about the Afrikaner issue he refers to.........

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The best man, wrote

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03:12pm on 21 June 2011
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Wow! I didn't know there was such rife between whites also. Hmm! For once the issue is not between blacks and whites. How refreshing. Keep commenting. Am enjoying this:-)

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02:55pm on 21 June 2011
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Really now?!! I will also be offended if i was compared to the NAZI. He has no respect what so ever! Why target the Afrikaners now?!! DA sucks aswell!!! That mazibuko fatzo is such a COCONUT...She's being used, why is it every time this party is in hot waters they use her? I've been watching the news and nothing was mention about the DA official who raped a teen. Our media sucks big time

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mike358, wrote

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02:53pm on 21 June 2011
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Amazing how divided people really are ... a volatile situation, everyone ready to attack the next person. This is what ANCYL is promoting everytime it opens its mouth. Personally I dont care what colour you are or what language you speak. I am lucky to have friends from all walks of life ... I just wish the rest of SA was the same. STOP THIS RACISM **** YOU ARE ALL PEOPLE!!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:47pm on 21 June 2011
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ha ha thats so funny talk about making a fluffy, sending the email to the wrong person, see what happens when you talk badly about people.

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Piet, wrote

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02:33pm on 21 June 2011
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You get afrikaners and afrikaners: Trollip was talking about the ONE type. The type that reflects Malema's factionalism. People like Roodt should either belong to the AWB or be living happily in the racist state of Koekoeland.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:29pm on 21 June 2011
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People... I have only one connection seeing in PRAAG, the connection is Freemasonry and unfortunately there are a lot of the Old "Afrikaner" generation who is bounded by Freemasonry. Mr. Trollip did see this connection in my opinion and as far as I am concerned, it is time that we start asking question like " Who and what Afrikaner is connected to the PRAAG regime, as I am also a "Stoere Boer" and it does definetely not counting me in as a Freemasoner... Please people, open your eyes wide and see that there is a connection with Freemasonry and Nazi's... Forget about politics and see for real who is running the Politics in South Africa!! Freemasonry are the silent workers in all this PRAAG sage. Trollip has my vote and the DA in the next election, keep up the good work by telling the truth!

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Louise, wrote

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02:13pm on 21 June 2011
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Fully support Athol Trollip! He hit the nail on the head: Dan Roodt en sy gespuis is inderdaad om van siek te word. They don't represent Afrikaans speaking South Africans, smack of the Nazi's with Nazi flags always flying where ever Praag is and they are resented by many Afrikaners for their racist attitudes.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:09pm on 21 June 2011
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This is not acceptable irrespective who Kelder is. Athol Trollip should be either be removed by the DA, or he should resign on his own accord for making such comments in bad taste. I do want to associate myself with a Party that allows such unfortunate language by a senior member of it party.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:56pm on 21 June 2011
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I am Afrikaans and I think this is taken out of context they are making to much of an issue out of it. any way the message was intended to reach an afrikaans woman.

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01:48pm on 21 June 2011
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Very disappointed in Athol Trollip! If he were black one could liken him to Malema. Whether it was meant to go public or not, it is a pity that he even thinks like this!

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:35pm on 21 June 2011
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Good on Trollip! Just proves that claims the DA represent white interests are completely false. There is no space for any racist, black or white, in the DA's South Africa.

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Carole, wrote

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01:32pm on 21 June 2011
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They're making a mountain out of a mole hill.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:32pm on 21 June 2011
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Trollip has just qualified for membership to the ANCYL.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:28pm on 21 June 2011
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Good on Trollip! Just proves that claims the DA represent white interests are completely false. There is no space for any racist, black or white, in the DA's South Africa.

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Bonzo, wrote

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12:38pm on 21 June 2011
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call a spade a spade

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Anton, wrote

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12:31pm on 21 June 2011
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@Desmond: i can replace most of your DA argument with ANC and your post would make more sense actually. @FORMER DA SUPPORTER: one persons dislike of someone else doesnt suddenly mean the entire DA thinks all afrikaaners are nazi's. If that where the case, then i think the ANC would spend every waking minute of tier day apologizing for the crap that spews forth from juju's mouth

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GT, wrote

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12:25pm on 21 June 2011
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We have an Afrikaans saying " wat die hart van vol is loop die mond van oor" I am sure this is so tue in this case

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