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ANC accuses DA of being racist

The ANC believes the DA wouldn't have acted against its councillor if not for a whistleblower.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zillle is greeted by supporters at Phoenix township,south of Durban during Freedom Day Celebrations. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC claims the Democratic Alliance (DA) is only acting against an Eastern Cape councillor accused of forwarding a racist email because an ANC member blew the whistle.

The DA confirmed on Tuesday it suspended Stanford Slabbert.

Slabbert circulated a racist email which reportedly said President Jacob Zuma had more wives than brain cells.

The email also slammed the ANC for producing "dumb idiots who wait for handouts", according to the New Age.

But the ANC's Keith Khoza says it proves the party is racist.

"It took an ANC member to expose this racism. They can't pretend they didn't know about it but they were comfortable with it."

However, the DA's Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip says the fact the councillor has been suspended proves the party acts against those who step out of line, and says it's the ANC which refuses to take action against its officials who act improperly.

"We're holding him to account. We are a party of due process. He will be able to answer to the charges and there will be a finding at the conclusion of that period."

The DA says the email contravened the party's constitution.

A disciplinary hearing will take place in July.