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Your headline, Victims were willing participants, DA, of February 28 created a wrong impression of our response to the horrific racial abuse at the University of Free State.
At no stage did our spokesman, quoted in the story, try to downplay the abuse. In fact, she said the video was humiliating and shocking. We were the first political party to condemn the incident in unequivocal terms, to identify it as naked racism and to call for the perpetrators to face the full force of the law.
DA leader Helen Zille has written to the Human Rights Commission asking it to investigate the causes of the racial tension, and on parliamentary leader Sandra Botha will meet the victims and university management to discuss how to deal with racism on campus. We have also spoken out about the conduct of the Freedom Front Plus, which is exploiting hostel integration at UFS for partisan political purposes.
The DA has been the most outspoken and proactive party on the issue. We will continue to appeal to all South Africans to unite to build a moderate, nonracial centre. If we do not, the actions of a few UFS students and others like them will undermine the gains we have made since 1994.
Paul Boughey, DA national director of communications
lSowetan is nonpartisan. We did not, and have no reason to, deliberately distort the DA's message for some nefarious objective. - Editor