STANFORD Slabbert's expulsion from the DA has reconfirmed my belief that I support the right party ("Slabbert booted out of the DA", August 14).
I'm sure Slabbert is a very nice person, I've never met him.
I'm sure Slabbert is a good councillor, I've never lived in his ward. He wouldn't have been in that position if he wasn't a good man.
Make no mistake, his departure from the party will be sorely felt and I can guarantee you that the decision was not an easy one to make. However, as with anything in life, there are rules to abide by, boundaries and drawn lines which should not be crossed.
Forwarding a racist e-mail doesn't sound like much, but one has to see the bigger picture. The DA has a creed, "One Nation. One Future".
It's a mindset that the whole party should be working towards. Any kind of racist sentiment goes directly against this motto and thereby what the party stands for.
As a supporter, I have to believe in the integrity of my party of choice, I have to believe that, contrary to the ruling party, swift and clear action will be taken when lines are crossed, not only in this matter, but in all matters. This is how I would like to see it run the country if it ever comes into power.
If seemingly minor infringements are allowed to slide, we'd probably end up where we are now anyway! Everybody is tired of the way the government is being run. Threatening to abstain from the vote is both ignorant and cowardice. What a waste of an opportunity.
Now is the time for all South Africans who are fed up to put all our issues aside, stand together and vote en masse for change. We have a responsibility to let our voice be heard.
Well done to the DA for making a tough decision under difficult circumstances. You've kept your integrity and my vote.
Robyn Cuyler, Somerset East