The DA on Friday was doing all it could to generate outrage on social media over allegations that the ANC’s leader in the Western Cape had referred to coloured people, the majority in the province, as “dogs”.
New ANC leadership was elected in four regions at the weekend.
The ANC is known to have long struggled to lure the so-called coloured vote, particularly in Cape Town, which is dominated by the DA.
The Prov leader of ANC Khaya Magaxa has just described white South Africans as "animals". Imagine if the situation was reversed?!
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) August 31, 2017
In a statement by DA Cape Metro chairperson Grant Twigg, he said the Cape region rejected “with contempt” the alleged vile and racist remarks made by the chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape, Khaya Magaxa.
“At its recent regional conference in the West Coast, Mr Magaxa allegedly referred to coloured citizens in Cape Town as dogs. Deplorable but not shocking is the silence by the ANC on this despicable conduct of one of their senior provincial leaders,” said Twigg.
DA statement on Magaxa calling Coloured and Khoisan people dogs: “ANC WC remains a racist and divisive organisation” https://t.co/UdUy2lDeuc
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) August 31, 2018
“The comments by Magaxa not only expose the racist nationalism that is rife with in the ANC but also the tolerance of the governing party towards racist behaviour.
“As the DA in the Cape Metro we call on Mr Magaxa to do the honourable thing and resign as member of the Western Cape provincial parliament as it is clear he is incapable of upholding, defending and protecting the constitution or serving all the citizens of the Western Cape.”
ANC member Khaya Magaxa calls Coloured and Khoisan people dogs.
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— PRINS TYRONE (@TyronePrinsSA) August 31, 2018
Magaxa is yet to publicly respond to the criticism.