South Africa 22.10.2013 06:10 am

EFF ‘can realign country’s politics’

FILE PICTURE: Helen Zille. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

FILE PICTURE: Helen Zille. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

The entry of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would contribute to the fundamental realignment of politics in the country, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said.

Zille, who is also the Western Cape premier, told The Citizen in an interview in Johannesburg yesterday, that EFF would be helpful in this political realignment. “Votes are fluid at the moment, there is no question,” Zille said.

“Voters are very much undecided in many instances, but it is part of the normal realignment of politics.

“I think Julius is quite helpful to the realignment because we are building this new non-racial and constitutional-based centre of politics and he is developing on the radical change.

She hit out at the ANC, accusing it of using the black economic empowerment (BEE) policy to enrich the few politically connected people at the expense of many.

“We support the broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) were it is genuinely broad based and productive,” she said. “We agree with the concepts of the scorecards which we can be use to drive education, training, start new enterprises and start new businesses and create new jobs. We are very much in favour of that concept.

“We are also in favour of the redress and where we really disagree with the ANC is that it has used B-BBEE as a kind of crony enrichment scheme. It gives it a noble name like BEE or B-BBEE but then it really turns it into a scheme to enrich family friends.”

Zille said the Democratic Alliance had major problems with the latest scorecard that the ANC had put forward. “We have major problems with it because none of us believe that someone who is already empowered should keep being re-empowered through deals.

“If you previously benefited to the tune of R10 million you should be regarded as not eligible for other deals … because a lot of people need access to the deals.” Asked about perceptions that the DA would bring back apartheid if it came into power, she said there was not a single leader in the party who had not fought apartheid.

“We all fought apartheid. We will continue fighting apartheid of any kind,” she said. “Our opponents say that about us because they have no other argument to say about us. “We have got more black members than white members. We have more black leaders than white leaders in the party.”

Zille urged the “born free” generation to use their vote wisely in next year’s general elections. “People get the government they voted for and your vote is your power. Use it wisely.”

 

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