- Helen Zille has a clear picture in her mind of where she would like the Democratic Alliance to go
- The federal council chair wants the leading opposition party to outright reject black economic empowerment and affirmative action
- Mmusi Maimane and Herman Mashaba's resignations were reportedly in response to the DA's views on race
Helen Zille wants the Democratic Alliance to reject BEE and other racially based policies and feel no shame.
BusinessLIVE reports that the DA had reportedly spent years divided over its collective stance on the issue, with the party suffering the loss of both its leader Mmusi Maimane and Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba because of it.
Following a drop in voter support, a report had allegedly recommended the high-profile resignations along with a policy conference to clarify its standing.
Zille is adamant that the DA should not be apologetic when it came to expressing views on race-related challenges:
“We have to do that unashamedly without saying we are terribly sorry to say this in spite of the colour of our skins and we can challenge the fact that ‘whiteness’ is a category and that all whites are equally evil and responsible for all SA’s problems."
Zille explained that while the party favoured redress, it disagreed that it should be on the basis of skin colour:
“We must challenge the idea that blackness is a proxy for disadvantage when it enables this fig leaf for corruption and the kind of mess we are seeing in the state-owned enterprises. If you want redress in a complex society that has huge measures of poverty and inequality, firstly you need economic growth, skills development and job creation."
In other news, John Steenhuisen has appointed Natasha Mazzone to serve in his former position of chief whip.
Briefly.co.za reported that Steenhuisen enjoyed an unopposed appointment as the DA's Parliamentary leader and is currently eyeing the leadership position Maimane left vacant.
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