Upfront, it is necessary to say this column an admission of defeat. Quotas or demographic representivity or whatever euphemism one wishes to use for social engineering is anathema to liberal thought. Being forced to produce an analysis of this sort, then, is a concession to orthodoxy which, implicitly or explicitly, remains generally beholden to this kind of thinking. Sometimes, however, the only way to make a point is in terms your opponents understand. That said, given the current demand — that the leadership of the official opposition not suitably "racially representative" — it is necessary, for the sake of context, to look also at the racial profile of the ANC’s leadership. It is the ANC which has fuelled this narrative and, as a result, infected much of the mainstream media with a disease the symptoms of which are now fully manifest. That the ANC advocates racial quotas is beyond doubt. Its rawest, bluntest articulation came from the ANC’s then-transformation chair, Enoch Godon...

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