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ANCYL: DA has become a political home for racists

The league urged the DA to show its resolve against racism by ousting members who are seen to be racist.

ANC Youth League members gave DA MP Zak Mbhele bananas, an apparent reference to Penny Sparrow's monkey comparison. Picture: Rahim Essop/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says the Democratic Alliance (DA) has become ‘a political home for racists’.

During a march in Cape Town this afternoon, the league urged the party to show its resolve against racism by ousting members who are seen to be racist because of comments they’ve either made or shared on social media.

Racism has become an issue of heated national debate after Member of Parliament (MP) Dianne Kohler Barnard shared a Facebook post which said services were better during apartheid, and real-estate agent Penny Sparrow compared black people on beaches to monkeys.

Sparrow was a member of the DA at the time.

The ANCYL led an anti-racism march of between two and three hundred people to the DA’s head office in Gardens today.

The ANC Youth League held a rally outside the DA headquarters on Mill Street. The ANC say the DA are running a racist government in the Western Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN 

The league’s Muhammad Khaled Sayed said, “The DA must ask itself serious questions as to why they have become an ideological home for racists. But, more importantly and beyond that, on their policy level, we are saying the policies of the DA are that of maintaining white privilege.”

A memorandum was handed over to DA MP Zak Mbhele, even though the protesters were expecting opposition party leader Mmusi Maimane to accept it.

They gave Mbhele bananas, an apparent reference to Penny Sparrow's monkey comparison.

ANC members dance and sing down Mill Street in Cape Town after holding an anti-racism march outside of the DA headquarters: Thomas Holder/EWN

Pictures: Thomas Holder/EWN.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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