WHEN Helen "the racist girl" Zille was elected Democratic Alliance leader there was hope that the party would transform and become nonracial after its former leader, Tony Leon, pursued racial politics.
It was not to be.
Zille has instead followed in Leon's footsteps. It appears the official opposition cares more about animals than black people.
Not so long ago a certain DA member in Western Cape served the party with divorce papers because one of its councillors had been slapped on the wrist instead of being axed for ill-treating a dog. How noble.
In Khayelitsha and some surrounding black areas the DA has built toilets that have no privacy. Residents have to wait until dark to relieve themselves.
Isn't this a violation of human rights? Not according to the opposition party, I suppose.
Are we going to see DA members resigning over the degrading toilets their party has built for poor black people in the Cape? Not at all.
And how does loyal and long-serving member Joe Seremane and newcomer Lindiwe Mazibuko feel about this?
The pertinent question is: would the opposition party build similar toilets for poor whites?
No, it won't, because it serves white interests.
So what the DA has done in Khayelitsha doesn't come as a surprise.
The DA has been exposed as being more racist than the now defunct National Party, which at least had no pretensions.
It is time for blacks who support the official opposition to realise that they are just useful idiots.
Thabile Mange, Kagiso