The Democratic Alliance (DA) campaigned in a church 3 days before the recent Ward 11 by-election in Knysna. Not in a community hall or on a field – in a church in the suburb of Hornlee where the bulk of the coloured population live.
Albert Fritz was their preacher in blue. The DA’s election campaign manager, Rozain Hansen, organised the venue to score votes from Christians. The poster, which you can view in full at the bottom of this post, supports that deduction.
Although it should be common sense that what they did was wrong, I’ll elaborate why I believe it was a sin against democracy.
But first, in case you’re not from the Western Cape, you need to know that Fritz is the Provincial Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). That makes him the right hand to Bonginkosi Madikizela whose involved in the cover-up of corruption in Knysna.
ALBERT FRITZ SINS FOR THE DA
Albert Fritz’s electioneering in a house of worship was wrong because:
1. It was Constitutionally inappropriate because religion and Government shouldn’t mix. The difference between South Africa and religiously supported dictatorships is the DEMOCRATIC separation of Church and State.
2. It was politically incorrect because South Africa is a secular state. And if the DA doesn’t do the same in mosques and temples, then it would be religiously biased too.
3. It was immoral and manipulative because the DA took advantage of a poor area. Ironically, churches are often the refuge of the needy needing hope after the politicians have failed them.
4. It was hypocritical because the DA is supposed to be a liberal party. In liberalism, the Government governs, it doesn’t reach beyond its competence into the spiritual enlightenment of citizens. But Fritz wasn’t guiding anyone to sunshine, instead diverting light onto his political paymaster.
That Fritz is an advocate, was the Provincial Minister of Social Development for 8 years (appointed by Helen Zille), and is currently the Provincial Minister of Community Safety (appointed by Alan Winde), makes the situation more disgusting. It appears that the needs of politicians trumps morality. Fritz cannot be unaware that Zille and Winde are involved in maladministration and crime in Knysna.'Same Shit, Different Government' pdf (1995 downloads)
DA’S LUST FOR POWER
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is desperate to regain power in Knysna.
Theoretically, through coalition, the DA are in charge but practically they’re not. Their support for the corruption of Hornlee resident and former Mayor Eleanore Spies led to a split in the DA.
The DA’s Mark Willemse succeeded Spies when he and Councillor Peter Myers voted with their conscience against her. One reason why they did so was because they were aware of her being involved in various crimes. That were later confirmed through the De Swardt Vogel Myambo Report.
But Spies belongs to the dominant faction in the DA, headed nationally by Helen Zille and provincially by Premier Alan Winde, DA Leader Bonginkosi Madikizela and MEC Anton Bredell. Instead of punishing Spies, they promoted her to Parliament and then made devious effort to unseat Willemse and his ally, Myers. Fighting for his survival, Willemse has taken them to High Court, the next session happening on 10 December.
For the DA to regain power, it has to get rid of Willemse and win his ward, and retain Ward 11 (which is next door).
SELLING JESUS FOR VOTES
The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Hornlee was the DA’s latest consort. Maybe its Pentecostal belief made it more susceptible to a politician speaking in tongues. Unsurprisingly, its deal with the Devil paid off… for the Devil. The Ward has two voting districts. Whereas the DA dropped 8% in the other, it gained 3% in the church’s district.
If you’re miraculously unconvinced of the church as a political tool, and have forgotten Prophet Mmusi Maimane, note the first photo. It’s of Fritz, the Ward 11 candidate Lorraine Opperman, councillor Georlene Wolmarans and other DA folk outside the church. Note that six people blatantly have blue in their outfit whilst Wolmarans carries a blue purse and Opperman has a touch of blue on her pink dress. The other photo is of Fritz in the church.
Only 3 weeks before, DA Councillior Hilton Stroebel was a special guest at the AGS Hornlee Kononia Church. He’s another who will not act against DA corruption in Knysna.
The few locals who attend Council meetings are unlikely to forget Shakepeare Arends. He’s also a resident of Hornlee. As an African Christian Democratic Alliance councillor, he was the DA’s coalition partner. His only contribution to Council wasn’t standing against the corruption I reported to him. Instead it was the introduction of a prayer to open meetings. Permission for him to do so was granted by then Speaker (and ex-Mayor) Georlene Wolmarans – another resident of Hornlee. Councillor Myers proved their bias when he insisted different religions take turns – unConstitutional but rather democratic. After he delivered a Jewish prayer, there were no more prayers in Council (surely the best argument against the DA being a Zionist organisation).
The DA’s use of the AFM church last week was as strategic as Fritz donating 8 bicycles to the Hornlee Community Policing Forum (CPF). The latter also meant that he used his position as Western Cape MEC Community Safety to score for his party.
I understand the CPF taking what it can get but the pastor of that church should be ashamed. Unfortunately, he isn’t the first nor will be the last sellout. Religious leaders rubbing shoulders with politicians is grand in the tradition of fraudulent religion. In fact, my book had an interval piece called ‘Gods, Politicians and Pastors’. Although unmentioned, that disgust was primarily motivated by the Hornlee area’s unholy alliance with crooked politicians.
RELIGIOUS BULLYING & BULLYING RELIGION
Earlier today, on Facebook, I posted an image stating that “Putting the fear of God into a child is bullying.” Similarly, associating voting for the DA with praising God is psychological bullying of voters. I define Fritz’s fraud as selling Jesus for votes.
Nasty politics proves that crucifixion has a place in modern times but you can’t kill the same person twice. If Jesus hadn’t risen, he’d be rolling in his grave. Nevertheless, that cloud looks a lot like a middle finger.
Voltaire, the 18th century historian and philosopher said that, “Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.” Unfortunately, scoundrel politicians are bountiful. So are fools.
As Albert Fritz recently condemned stone throwing on the N1 highway, I’m condemning him for throwing religion into our N3 politics.