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Zille shouldering Afrikaans party members aside – FF+

Zille shouldering Afrikaans party members aside – FF+

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) has lashed out at Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, for giving Afrikaans speaking members of her party the cold shoulder following a cabinet re-shuffle in December, which has seen senior party member and Health MEC, Theuns Botha, swapping positions with then-MEC for Sport and Culture, NomaFrench Mbombo.

“What has happened to the former Western Cape DA leader Theuns Botha, is a clear indication that affirmative action is being used to get rid of Afrikaners and senior established members of the DA, in order to garner more black votes,” FF+ City of Cape Town councilor, Andre Fourie, said in statement on the party’s website.

Although denied by the DA, Fourie stated that is a well-known fact that Botha has always held a senior role in the party’s portfolio, and that his new position as MEC for Sport and Culture, prefectly illustates the “humiliating demotion and indicative cold shoulder” that Afrikaners can expect from Zille.

“The writing has been on the wall ever since [Cape Town] Mayor Patricia de Lille’s first mayoral committee was appointed after the 2011 municipal elections, whereby existing senior DA-councillors like Clive Justus, Marian Nieuwoudt, Felicity Purchase and Demetri Qually, were later relieved from their positions, after which affirmative action was implemented.

“This proses was further illustrated in the choosing of the DA’s candidate list in all three spheres of government; parliamentary, provincially as well as municipally,” he said, adding that more than half of city’s executive council, were members of de Lille’s now defunct Independent Democratics (ID), promoted “at the cost of DA-members with years of experience.”

He went on to describe the action as a desperate attempt by the DA to win favour amongst black people, and that the party has failed to take any notice from the troubles facing the eight remaining ANC-led provinces, relating to affirmative action.

“The question is, why has the DA not learned from this and whose head will be the be next to roll in the name of affirmative action?”. 


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