National 25.7.2016 02:17 pm

Nats joined the ANC too … don’t forget – Mpofu

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Dali Mpofu of the Economic Freedom Fighters. Picture: Gallo Images

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Dali Mpofu of the Economic Freedom Fighters. Picture: Gallo Images

In the wake of President Zuma calling the DA the offspring of the National Party, EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu has had a twar with Mzwanele Manyi about the NNP joining the ANC.

Over the weekend, President Jacob Zuma again asserted his belief that the Democratic Alliance (DA) could not be separated from its “parent party”, the apartheid National Party.

That belief appears to be based on the fact that the Democratic Party (DP) went into a coalition with the New National Party (NNP) in 2000.

NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk helped to form the Democratic Alliance in the merger between the NNP and Tony Leon’s DP, but that didn’t last long. Van Schalkwyk and other members of his party crossed over to the ANC in 2001.

In so doing, they reduced the DA’s 52.5% outright majority win in Cape Town and handed power to the ANC in the city and the Western Cape. During the 2002 floor-crossing window period in Cape Town, 87% of the NNP councillors who crossed to the ANC were appointed to positions with better salaries.

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In response to ANC supporter @UncleLupi tweeting, in clear support of Zuma’s comments, that “There’s no difference between the DA and the NATIONAL PARTY that subjected millions of us black SAns to the vicious apartheid rule,” Mpofu replied: “The National Party was absorbed into BOTH the DP and the ANC….Remember recent Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk?”

President of the Progressive Professionals Forum Mzwanele (formerly known to many South Africans as Jimmy) Manyi waded into the debate by accusing another Twitter user of lying by saying that the NP and ANC had “merged”.

Manyi denied that there had ever been such a thing.

Mpofu, a prominent lawyer and a former CEO of the SABC, responded by dismissing any technicalities around the words used, asking: “WHATEVER term u use..the issue is the NP collapsed into the ANC to enable it to control the Western Cape.True/False?”

Manyi responded by making an analogy using Anglicans and Catholics. He said: “No. You are very confused. If Catholics dissolve and join Anglicans, that is NOT a merger. Don’t mislead.”

He was evidently pointing to the fact that the NNP ultimately ceased to exist, with all its members becoming ANC members. However, the NNP only ceased to exist officially in 2005.

Mpofu responded with the point that it was Manyi who was, in fact, confused. He wrote: “Yes theres a difference between a merger & an acquisition but BOTH CHANGE THE ORIGINAL ENTITY.”




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