THE expulsion of Stanford Slabbert for being racist by the DA was clearly opportunistic and unprincipled ("Slabbert booted out of the DA", August 14).
It was clear that Helen Zille and Athol Trollip used the situation of Slabbert to vindicate themselves from their racist remarks and content. Zille, who normally enters Port Elizabeth with much fanfare and her blue bus for everyone to see, came to Port Elizabeth to instruct the DA leaders to expel Slabbert.
Slabbert was used as the sacrificial lamb to prove to everyone that the DA was not a racist party. But yet the national and provincial leaders make racist remarks and no charges are laid against them.
Who will forget Zille's all white male appointments that she made when she appointed her provincial cabinet? Zille was effectively saying that black people cannot govern.
Zille's reference to blacks as refugees is racism in the extreme and yet no charges were laid against her.
Who can forget Trollip's statement about Jaap Kelder, "Please answer this a**hole [Kelder] once and for all, deal with the Afrikaner issue he raises and tell him to stop masquerading as a ratepayer organisation especially if he is the re-incarnation of the AWB, KP, FF+, Nazi. Stuur die idioot in sy m**r asseblief (Get rid of the idiot please). Athol."
It is clear what Trollip's views are about Afrikaners in our country. The DA must really be commended for how it successfully misleads our communities by portraying itself to be a non-racial party.
The by-election in Slabbert's ward will be a very interesting one, especially if Slabbert had to stand as an independent.
Lawrence Troon, ANC councillor, Port Elizabeth