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8 Oct 2019
9:02 am

Race threatens to tear apart SA’s only truly non-racial party

Herman Mashaba and other moderate black politicians are agreeing with the proposition that the DA is fundamentally a party for whites.

Former City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba during an interview related to service delivery on May 03, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images

What on earth is going on inside the Democratic Alliance (DA)? At the moment, it seems to be a party at war with itself… with a political death-wish. As with many other things in this race-obsessed country, the issue of skin colour – and privilege – seems to be now threatening to tear apart the one organisation which had committed itself to building a truly non-racial South Africa. The recent row over DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s use of a car loaned to the party by the Steinhoff empire (criminal enterprise, some might argue); and then the strange case of the...