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Tue May 03 02:55:17 CAT 2016

DA shares apartheid sentiments: ANC

Sapa | 04 May, 2011 14:030 Comments
Patricia de Lille and Helen Zille of the Democratic Alliance
Image by: Puxley Makgatho

The ANC says the DA's continued refusal to remove Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd's statue in Midvaal is complicity to apartheid promotion.

"The continued hoisting high of apartheid architect Dr Hendrik Verwoerd's statue by the Democratic Alliance (DA) Midvaal Mayor Timothy Nast outside the Mayerton municipal buildings during democracy, is yet another confirmation that the DA shares apartheid sentiments and philosophies, which for years racially polarised the South African society with Black people having been at the receiving end of oppression, exploitation and institutionalised segregation," the ANC says.

The organisation says it firmly believes that the continued hoisting of Verwoerd's statue in Midvaal, as well as last Friday's landmark Western Cape High Court judgment on the Makaza open toilets ruling, which found that the DA-led City of Cape Town violated the human rights and dignity of Black people who include Africans, Coloureds and Indians, is enough to convince the South African electorate that the DA is a party only committed to racial segregation, with no interest in building better communities.

"The sheer display of arrogance by Mr Nast who has refused to remove Dr Verwoed's statue - despite much discomfort and displeasure expressed by the majority of our people - is a clear indication of the DA's resolve to continue with its psychological warfare to subject South Africans to the dehumanising system of apartheid oppression. Mr Nast's insensitive comment that residents would be "angry" if the statue was removed, remains an insult to millions of South Africans who were on the receiving end of apartheid," says the ANC.

"Tolerant as we are of those who inflicted pain to our people during decades of apartheid tyranny in this country, we cannot tolerate a situation in which an architect of apartheid and a symbol of racial oppression is being celebrated by Mr Nast and the DA during democracy. Failure by DA leader Helen Zille to call the Midvaal mayor to order and get Dr Verwoerd's statue removed also shows DA's complicity in the promotion of the apartheid legacy and disregard for Black people -particularly those residing in the Midvaal region.

"To the majority of South Africans - except in the eyes of the DA - Dr Verwoed remains a symbol, embodiment and apartheid architect of all ills of the country's terrible past and his statue should be confined to a museum. Instead of allowing the promotion of Dr Verwoed's statue, the DA should be ashamed and be sensitive of what millions of our people have gone through".

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