South Africa 19.1.2016 12:12 pm

Racists should not vote DA – Maimane

Democratic Alliance party leader, Mmusi Maimane gives a speech at the Apartheid Museum in Ormonde, Johannesburg, 19 January 2016. His speech focused on the recent spate of racism on social media and that South Africa as a whole needs to tackle it. Picture Neil McCartney

Democratic Alliance party leader, Mmusi Maimane gives a speech at the Apartheid Museum in Ormonde, Johannesburg, 19 January 2016. His speech focused on the recent spate of racism on social media and that South Africa as a whole needs to tackle it. Picture Neil McCartney

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has once again spoken out against racism, declaring his anger at it.

“We must be angry about acts of people who are racists,” said Maimane in Johannesburg. “I am angry about racism.” Maimane was delivering a speech on race and identity in the DA and in the country today.

Earlier this month the DA was rocked by an incident of racism after Penny Sparrow angered many people with her racist comments on social media.
Maimane said black South Africans are still made to feel inferior among white people. He called on South Africans to talk about persisting racial inequalities.

Maimane, who is the first DA black leader, used the opportunity to issue a stern warning to DA members who are racists. ” If you are thinking of voting for the DA and you are are a racist, please don’t vote for us,” said Maimane. “We are not a party for you.

“There is no place in the DA for people who believe the colour of their skin render them superior to others.” Maimane called on DA members not to turn a blind eye on racism no matter how subtle it may be.

“Racists are not welcome in the DA”, he said. Maimane also admitted that his party was perfect, adding he would table a policy on racism within the party.

 

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