RE: "SLABBERT booted out of the DA", August 14, I have no doubt that councillor Stanford Slabbert deserved to be expelled from the DA.
In a South Africa saddled with its history of institutionalised racial prejudice and supremacy, such utterances should not be tolerated and I wholeheartedly applaud the DA for its action in this matter.
While we are searching for a common identity that does not discriminate on the basis of race, culture and sexual orientation, I do find it ironic that the DA provincial leader, Athol Trollip has the audacity to claim that the DA is a party of due process and that, if people break the rules, the DA will act on it.
This is very creative if viewed within the context of Trollip's recent history.
Lest we forget, during 2011 he referred to the chairman of the National Ratepayers' Association of South Africa, Jaap Kelder, as a reincarnation of the AWB, KP, FF+ and the Nazi party of World War 2 Germany, in an e-mail he accidently sent to the man he was criticising.
Does Trollip not realise that the Afrikaners are a minority community in South Africa and are in the same position as the so-called "coloureds" in respect of their concern about the survival of their language and traditions in a multi-racial SA and that such utterances may be construed as describing the DA as a liberal English party which is, amongst others, reinvigorating British imperialism?
Does any self-respecting SA patriot want to be associated with a party that elevated this person to the position of its provincial chairman? What does this say about the DA's attitude towards minorities?
There is an age-old Afrikaans saying that goes like this: "Wat die hart van vol is, loop die mond van oor." Loosely translated it means "for the heart speaks what the mouth is full of."
PATRICK SEKOE, via e-mail