LETTER: What exactly does the DA stand for?
It sells itself as a liberal party, yet utterances by some of its leaders are undeniably illiberal
Solly Malatsi, in his response to Natasha Marrian (Don’t misread the DA and misdiagnose realities, please, January 28), is correct in saying that the DA is often unfairly treated in the media. What must be questioned, however, is Malatsi’s assertion that the DA has been “firm” in its principles. It is not clear to many outsiders where the party stands on a number of principles. What, for example, is the party’s stance on free speech? Or on BEE? Many in the party itself would probably be hard-pressed to answer those questions. In addition, the DA, ostensibly a liberal party, is taking illiberal and populist positions on a number of issues. Its stance on immigration is, as Business Day argued, straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. Comments on foreigners by DA Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba received little or no censure, which makes it seem the DA at least implicitly agrees with him. Liberalism values an open society, which welcomes outsiders. It does not seem that the DA still...
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