The DA hasn’t forgotten the dead brown kids of the Cape Flats… or the living ones…
This week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) began campaigning against farm murders. In the past 48 hours, they’ve tweeted about it 19 times, and released two videos. They’ve also re-posted last year’s video of a female farmer who was attacked. The victim undoubtedly deserves our sympathy but it’s questionable that, as a DA councillor, she states that ONLY the DA cares about farmers.
There’s a bigger picture to consider beyond farm murders being a rightful cause. Helen Zille’s return, her deliberately controversial tweets, and Steenhuisen’s subservience to her, means that the DA has finally replaced its fake liberalism with honest conservatism. There’s nothing wrong with conservatism, and rare honesty in South African politics is cause for applause. But will the DA admit it? That’s unlikely as, only a week ago, they Youtubed ‘Why is liberalism important for young South Africans and the future of our country?’.
Cape Town is the DA’s headquarters. Thus, we must consider the City’s attempt to replace the Phillipi Horticulture Area with gated communities. The DA, as the Developer’s Alliance, is the DA we know. Farm murder advertorials don’t synchronise with their uppity image. So what is it about?
The Public appear suspicious too because the DA’s advertising has failed to make farm murders the hot topic it deserves to be.
WHEN THE BUSHMEN COME KNOCKING…
There’s a possible explanation for the DA’s radical change in marketing direction – the bulk of their secret funding has switched allegiance to President Cyril Ramaphosa. He has energy companies, airlines and the desire for debt to offer. The DA has nothing except a botoxed women’s voice in the wilderness where the skeleton of John Rhodes is buried.
The DA is well aware that political warming brought the Karoo to their offices in Cape Town. To stop Bushmen knocking at their door, maybe they reached for the only JoJo water tank on offer.
THE NAME OF THE GAME IS POLITICS
The DA can’t be too upset because they helped the Venda tribe win the war – long live King Cyril Ramaphosa!
As the African representative of Liberal International, and with the head office of the African Liberal Network relocating from London to the DA’s office in Cape Town, the DA were the spear that took on Jacob Zuma, the Chuckling Zulu. With the help of many NGOs funded by overseas liberal organisations (funded by billionaires), the DA fought for Ramaphosa. Ideology made capitalism win – long live Big Business.
Ramaphosa’s thank you was to give Patricia de Lille a job (and that was only after she left the DA to make her own party). That must have burnt like hell. But the DA know well that betrayal is the risk they take in the game they’re in. You can’t play tennis if you don’t like green balls.
They can, at least, appreciate that Ramaphosa’s version of the ANC continues to protect them from punishment for their crimes against the good citizens of the Western Cape. And the same NGOs that were their allies will never assist anti-DA corruption activists in that province.
The DA may be smaller, and a bit more National Party orange, but they’re safe. No one is going to go to jail, and a few will still be well paid.
WITH A STIFF UPPER LIP
It was a sour victory but it’s pointless to mention the grapes. With colonial fortitude, the DA got new sponsors. If that scheduled Zille’s return, it would mean that some of those bigwig DA Federal Executives knew the deal when they put her in charge.
Understandably, Helen Zille, Michael Waters and Geordin Hill-Lewis need a salary if they’re to save some of South Africa. And if they didn’t have Madam to work for, what would Mimmy Gondwe, Eleanore Spies, Bonginkosi Madikizela and Gwen Ngwenya do?
Ngwenya, especially, deserves a bonus for the major role she played in creating the instability that enabled Zille’s conservative return under the trojan flag of liberalism.
Dianne Kohler Barnard has appropriately been given the wheaty title of ‘Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Rural Safety Workstream’. She issued the press statement for their sponsor: ‘DA calls on Parliament to urgently debate heinous farm murders in light of ANC denialism’.
The DA’s biggest friction may be with the Freedom Front and Afriforum. The latter groups are known as champions for the farmers. Although small, they punch hard, and have roots in those communities.
Unfortunately, like the ACDP, they’ve also never addressed the corruption in the DA’s leadership. Maybe it’s that they were secretly the DA’s cultural allies. Time will tell if this is an open version of that, or if the Freedom Front and Afriforum will consider the DA pissing on their mealie.
I may mock the DA but farm murders are real and need attention. Anyone who thinks that saving farmers is racist, should practice their belief by skipping meals next month. Or only buy the exorbitantly priced tinned South African food that actually comes from Italy, Poland and Thailand.
The DA can be labelled racist because whites control it (and command blacks under it). But it cannot be racist for supporting white farmers (and their marketing ‘cleverly’ includes “farm workers”, a healthy nod to non-white labourers).
The DA is only guilty of political opportunism. Electioneering isn’t a crime in South Africa. They may eventually draw more attention to the matter. I hope so.
And this story of greed already has an unintended good beginning…
THE DA WILL ALSO STAND AGAINST CHILD MURDERS ON THE CAPE FLATS
Fadiel Adams is an activist on the Cape Flats where someone is murdered every day. This area has the highest child murder rate in the country which is bizarre considering that it’s part of Cape Town, the city for global jet-setters.
Helen Zille was the Mayor, thereafter the Premier of the Province, and now the Chair of the Council that controls the DA. More than any other, it controls where children play with the unfair, increased chance of being raped or shot.
For years, the DA has ignored Adams’ calls for help. When he saw that they were now switching their focus to farmers, he made the demand on Facebook that BROWN LIVES MATTER.
The DA heard him. As a prelude to a commission into child murder on the Cape Flats, the DA is almost hosting a meeting for concerned residents.
It will be held on the 2nd floor of Theba Hoskens House at 16 Mill Street (corner of Breda Street). That’s where the DA Federal Executive and Helen Zille operates from.
Starts 9am on 31 June 2020. Seats are limited so it’s essential that you book via 021 465 1431.
This is #Day 7 of my 100 Days of Activism against Corruption.