Johannesburg – It was petrol bombs, tear gas and bricks as DA’s attempt to march for “real” jobs came to a screeching halt. A sea of blue t-shirts confronted by a dash of red [copy cat] berets turned unpalatably sour, consequently wreaking havoc across the streets of downtown Jozi.
Amidst all the drama and controversy, what was strikingly vivid was the absence of white DA comrades, although the ANC is still very adamant that DA is predominantly a “white” political party. Like a small drop of bleach stain on a black fabric, DA leader, Helen Zille, was the only white person in attendance, flanked by [her almost white] Lindiwe Mazibuko, alias “glorified tea girl”.
While all media outlets took M1 South to capture stick-and-stone moments hovering Rissik street, a journalist working for a popular tabloid in Marshalltown reportedly took M1 North to interview white DA members who “couldn’t make it” to the march.
“Well, I can afford KFC. Black supporters where promised Streetwise Two in exchange… Many of them only get to eat KFC on Christmas, and that’s if they’re lucky… Blame it on poverty and unemployment created by the ruling party…. There was no need for me to be there,” alluded Peter Steyn, a property developer hailing from Morningside, Sandton.
In fact, buses carrying township DA supporters were filled to the brim to show a united front against the government’s “bogus” commitment to creating 6-million work opportunities through the expanded public works programme (EPWP). The DA has haughtily dismissed these as only short-term temporary work, and not “real jobs”.
Peter Steyn went on to say, “If I want to tan my skin, I go to Cape Town or Knysna. If I want to loose weight, I go to Virgin Active. If I want to see a stampede, I watch Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Imagine a white person jumping up and down like a bloated monkey, it will look silly. Let them do all the barbaric chanting for us.”
Neels Potgieter, who is DA’s councilman for Ward 9, Hyde Park, gave a more diplomatic stance regarding his absence at the showdown.
“Marching and holding placards has been a long standing tradition within the black community, a culture which white DA members respect with no reservation. As such, it would seem rather patronizing for any white person to mimic that. It is exactly the same as a white person speaking to a black person in a black accent, this equates to mocking the black accent. White people fight at boardroom level, not in the streets,” Neels said.
Dubbed the rent-a-black, rent-a-leader party, the DA has been accused of using blacks as voting fodder. Last year the party came under severe scrutiny following its proposed Diversity Economic Empowerment [D.E.E] policy, which will ultimately see a well-off white person who benefited from past economic injustices deserving an equal chance of empowerment as a poor black person who inherited centuries of generational poverty.
Another white DA member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, laughed off and said;
“If they can be convinced that eating grass brings them closer to God, they can be convinced to do anything… Blacks are so dof man.”
The ANC has reportedly made an urgent court application seeking protection from the DA’s march, stating that the opposition party was “armed to the teeth”. The application was dismissed by Johannesburg High Court.
Speaking on Power FM, ANC’s spin doctor, Jackson Mthembu, said the DA was preparing for war.
“They are coming armed to the teeth, with helmets, batons, shields. They have even booked places in hospitals. That can only be the actions of a party at war….”
Police reportedly fired stun grenades to stop a group of about 100 ANC supporters from intercepting 6000 DA marchers. The group of ANC supporters threw rocks and bricks at the police before splintering into smaller groups, leading to a game of cat and mouse between them and the police, a few blocks from Luthuli House.
Helen Zille described the march as “successful” to broadcaster eNCA afterwards, saying the DA had achieved its objectives.
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