On Saturday, 7 April, DA Leader Mmusi Maimane confronted racist remarks, alleging that he is not in control of the DA and merely a puppet.
“They even say that I am a puppet of white people and, if we win an election, I will be replaced by a white person.
The truth is that I will never be black enough for them. Because they don’t want black people to think for themselves.
They want black people to remain trapped in the politics of race because this is what keeps the ANC in power.”
He criticized the ANC’s fear of a new generation of black leaders who would reject the ANC’s own nationalism and think differently.
“Every single black leader in this room is here because he or she believes in the DA’s project of building a better South Africa for all, and because he or she has the skills to help us achieve this.”
Maimane stressed further that his blackness does not add or subtract from his humanity or define him.
He calls for a new agenda for African liberalism that prioritises social welfare and grows the economy in order to lift the majority of South Africans out of poverty.