The racial attack on the Democratic Alliance by ANC MPL Christian Martin, “DA leadership is only white” (The Herald, 15 March) betrays the rising panic within the ANC that they will lose Nelson Mandela Bay because of their poor record of service delivery. It also displays the political bankruptcy of the ANC, just like the coffers of the Metro.
Racial nationalism was very much part of our past and it seems very much part of our present. Under apartheid, race was used by the National Party by way of “swart gevaar” to demonise black people in order to get white votes. The African National Congress now uses “wit gevaar” to demonise white people in order to get black votes.
If we are to change South Africa we need to break away from racial identity politics as a reason for supporting a particular party.
The DA will continue to champion Nelson Mandela’s ideal of a rainbow nation and as he so aptly said, South Africa belongs to all who live in it, both black and white.
Bobby Stevenson, MPL
DA Leader in the Legislature, Bhisho