February has been declared Race Free Month and every day in February we at MyPE will be combating the subtle racist nuances that hamper our thinking, cloud our judgement, restrict our development and increase the tension in South Africa.
Today’s lesson is for the honourable Baleka Mbete who is Speaker for the National Assembly and Chairperson of the African National Congress. She also serves as a member of Parliament and is a member of the Constitutional Assembly and has previously served as the Deputy President of South Africa.
Mbete was recently reported as saying the following:
DA must clean out racists in party – Mbete
ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete on Saturday accused members of the DA of being racist. Mbete was speaking with Eye Witness News at a rally in Grabouw where the party celebrated its 104th birthday.
“We know who is racist. We know where racism is deeply steeped. The members of the DA are the ones who have illustrated who is racist…
“We are not saying that some of our people are not racist… but it is in the DA that a lot of cleaning up must happen.
“They must clean up their own house and leave the leadership to us,” said Mbete.
Mbete also said it was important for the ANC to lead in all South African provinces.
“Only the ANC has the policies that really address issues of our people… and has the kind of leadership that is going to effect radical transformation and ensure that the socio-economic challenges that still remain are dealt with fundamentally and thoroughly,” she said.
Amanda Khoza, News24
As the hourable speaker’s unofficial spin doctors, we at MyPE propose that what you see below is what she should have said in Race Free Month:
Join us in Nation Building
ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete on Saturday invited members of the DA to join the ANC in finding ways to eradicate racism. Mbete was speaking with Eye Witness News at a rally in Grabouw where the party celebrated its 104th birthday.
“We know what is holding our country back from being great. We know that we need to cease playing the race card. The members of the DA are the ones who can join us in this noble quest…
“We are not saying that our people are racist… but that this continuous focus on race continues to divide us – it is in the interests of South Africa to celebrate success in an inclusive manner.
“The ANC won a popular vote and were given the mandate to govern – the ANC will concentrate on celebrating excellence, put South Africa first and help our nation to a better life for all,” said Mbete.
Mbete also said it was important for the ANC to take the moral high ground in South Africa.
“Only the South African constitution has the ability to really address issues of our people… it is through all of our people that the socio-economic challenges that still remain are dealt with fundamentally and thoroughly. It is my belief that using the carrot is better than using the stick and I pledge to think about the divisive and hurtful things that I could say in this Race Free month of February,” she said.