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  • ANC furious about Zille's refugee comment


    The ANC on Wednesday bemoaned opposition leader Helen Zille's comment in which she referred to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as refugees.

    "The ANC is vindicated by the statement made by Helen Zille," said African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

    "This is typical of the erstwhile apartheid government's mentality that resorted to influx control measures to restrict black people from the so-called white areas."

    Mthembu said the statement was "racist" and must not must not be tolerated.

    The DA leader sparked a war on social networking sight Twitter on Tuesday as many users were angered by her use of the word "refugee".

    However, Zille remained firm and defended herself throughout the day.

    Her statement was in reference to a protest in Grabouw over overcrowding at a local school.

    The DA shifted the blame to the department of public works' continuous delays in approving alternative land to build additional school buildings in the area.

    "Zille's racist statement underpins the DA's policy of exclusionism of blacks," said Jackson.

    "She will never say the same thing about whites who relocate from one area of the country to the Western Cape or even those who relocate from other countries to the Western Cape.

    "To reduce South Africans who have free movement in their own country as refugees is tantamount to instigating against them by labelling them with a tag associated with foreigners," Mthembu said.

    Asked by a Twitter user on Tuesday to define a refugee, Zille responded: "Refugees are ppl who have to escape because their rights are violated. That describes E Cape pupils exactly."

    Mthembu said the DA viewed blacks as useful voters to win elections and nothing else.

    "We call on all black DA members to see the DA for what it is, a white racist party," he said.

    "We also call on all those blacks who are in leadership structures of the DA for window dressing purposes to resign from the DA and not be used unduly."
    Comments 234 Comments
    1. rpm's Avatar
      rpm -
      The ANC on Wednesday bemoaned opposition leader Helen Zille's comment in which she referred to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as refugees.

      "The ANC is vindicated by the statement made by Helen Zille," said African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu.
    1. Sinbad's Avatar
      Sinbad -
      Vindicated? Condemned more like.
    1. Garyvdh's Avatar
      Garyvdh -
      Vindicated? Maybe if he had a better education he would have chosen the correct word.

      In fact... his comments vindicate what Zille said!
    1. Brawler's Avatar
      Brawler -
      lol fail.
    1. Jase's Avatar
      Jase -
      Perhaps Jackson Mthembu needs to flock to the Western Cape as well ...
    1. Greggle's Avatar
      Greggle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sinbad View Post
      Vindicated? Condemned more like.
      Ha ... love it!
    1. bekdik's Avatar
      bekdik -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jase View Post
      Perhaps Jackson Mthembu needs to flock to the Western Cape as well ...
      Flock off would be a better option
    1. phaktza's Avatar
      phaktza -
      Hitting a little too close to home?

      And then Mthembu claims the DA led province is excluding blacks? By embracing them and building them schools? Does Mthembu know what "exclusion" even means?
    1. eltherza's Avatar
      eltherza -
      wow, those are strong words to be throwing around just because of the word "refugee"... anc feeling some pressure?
    1. bekdik's Avatar
      bekdik -
      The ANC ant heap is jumping about because of the court ruling re Zuma cover up.
    1. Sinbad's Avatar
      Sinbad -
      Quote Originally Posted by bekdik View Post
      The ANC ant heap is jumping about because of the court ruling re Zuma cover up.
      I love their outrage. They are obviously aware that there is something to hide. Crooks.
    1. subxero's Avatar
      subxero -
      Love how Mthembu (Fail!) tries to put a racist spin on the whole thing when the only one to mention race is himself:

      "This is typical of the erstwhile apartheid government's mentality that resorted to influx control measures to restrict black people from the so-called white areas."

      "Zille's racist statement underpins the DA's policy of exclusionism of blacks," said Mthembu.

      "She will never say the same thing about whites who relocate from one area of the country to the Western Cape or even those who relocate from other countries to the Western Cape.

      Zille never mentioned race at all. I know 3 white pupils studying in the WC purely because the schools in their immediate area are not able to provide the level of education they require / deserve. They are refugees from the EC too!
    1. TJ99's Avatar
      TJ99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phaktza View Post
      Hitting a little too close to home?

      And then Mthembu claims the DA led province is excluding blacks? By embracing them and building them schools? Does Mthembu know what "exclusion" even means?
      I'm guessing no, since he doesn't know what "vindicated" means either.
    1. Sinbad's Avatar
      Sinbad -
      Quote Originally Posted by TJ99 View Post
      I'm guessing no, since he doesn't know what "vindicated" means either.
      Did he go to an EC school?! :P
    1. ToxicBunny's Avatar
      ToxicBunny -
      I would be querying whether he went to school at all.
    1. BlackMamba's Avatar
      BlackMamba -
      let's be honest at once and not put our political influence in our comments ....Zille statement was wrong simply I wouldn't like to be called a refugee when I go to Limpopo to find work or when I go to study at Wits in Gauteng......

      come on ppl Zille's statement was not matured like all of Malema's comments he ever made
    1. Sinbad's Avatar
      Sinbad -
      Quote Originally Posted by BlackMamba View Post
      let's be honest at once and not put our political influence in our comments ....Zille statement was wrong simply I wouldn't like to be called a refugee when I go to Limpopo to find work or when I go to study at Wits in Gauteng......

      come on ppl Zille's statement was not matured like all of Malema's comments he ever made
      er, what?

      So, moving from one place to another in order to avoid horrendous conditions doesn't make you a refugee? I think it does hey. Anyway, it's also figurative. A golf widow isn't really a widow. Just like Julius was speaking figuratively when he would kill for zuma...

      SO yeah.
      wtf?
    1. bekdik's Avatar
      bekdik -
      Quote Originally Posted by BlackMamba View Post
      let's be honest at once and not put our political influence in our comments ....Zille statement was wrong simply I wouldn't like to be called a refugee when I go to Limpopo to find work or when I go to study at Wits in Gauteng......

      come on ppl Zille's statement was not matured like all of Malema's comments he ever made
      What does your last sentence mean?
    1. Aqua_lung's Avatar
      Aqua_lung -
      She is referring to those living in informal settlements, squatters... Yes those are refugees.
    1. ToxicBunny's Avatar
      ToxicBunny -
      Quote Originally Posted by BlackMamba View Post
      let's be honest at once and not put our political influence in our comments ....Zille statement was wrong simply I wouldn't like to be called a refugee when I go to Limpopo to find work or when I go to study at Wits in Gauteng......

      come on ppl Zille's statement was not matured like all of Malema's comments he ever made
      Are you unable to comprehend the context under which she made her statement?

      Your examples bear absolutely NO comparison to the situation Zille was commenting on.
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