ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has criticized Democratic Alliance (DA) leaders for being racist. This comes after Stanford Slabbert, a DA councilor in the Eastern Cape, circulated an email with racist remarks last week.
It is reported that Slabbert said President Jacob Zuma, who has four wives, has more wives than brain cells, implying that his level of intelligence is very low. He also said the ANC produces “dumb idiots who wait for handouts”.
The DA suspended Slabbert for his racist remarks. A number of people hailed the DA for suspending him, saying it did the right thing. However, Jackson Mthembu said Slabbert was only suspended after the ANC exposed the email, otherwise it would have gone unnoticed. According to a statement he published on the ANC’s website, he believes that racism is the norm within the DA. According to Mthembu, all DA leaders are the same as Slabbert. The only difference between them and him is that they haven’t been exposed.
“The attitude and arrogance displayed by Slabbert against black people is characteristic of the DA and had it not have been exposed by the ANC during the Presidency’s Budget Vote debate last week, it like many others would have gone unnoticed, unpunished and acceptable within the DA. The DA continues to treat black people like second-class citizens as demonstrated time and again in Cape Town and in Midvaal,” Mthembu said.
Athol Trollip, DA leader in the Eastern cape, said Slabbert’s disciplinary hearing will take place soon. He said the ANC has also allowed some of its members to make racist remarks in the past, without taking any action against them. He also said he won’t apologize on behalf of his party because Slabbert made the comments in his individual capacity.