Seeing Mmusi as a victim is racist – just like the irrelevant DA
FREE TO READ | He rushed in with his eyes wide open, so it’s a insult to say he should be immune from the consequences
There has been much indignant shouting and chest-beating over the resignation of Mmusi Maimane as leader of the Democratic Alliance. If you were an alien in SA last week you would have thought Maimane was a hero among black South Africans. Much of the commentary on Maimane has come from black people who often called Maimane horrendous names on social media and to his face, likening him to a betrayer of the black race.
The EFF leader Julius Malema, for example, offered Maimane a stiff drink, saying he was a good human being. This is the same person who, in June 2014, referred to Maimane as a “tea boy” and a “house nigger”.
In this narrative of indignation Maimane is painted as a victim of racism, a hapless actor in his own political demise. This is not just wrong and ill-informed but it borders on racism itself. Maimane is one of the most decent people you will ever meet, but he is no victim and it is an insult to him to paint him as one. A whole host of great people had come before him to DA leadership and had been bitten by Helen Zille and others in the DA. Lindiwe Mazibuko, Dr Mamphela Ramphele and others took a bite of the DA apple. They found a worm inside. Maimane rushed into the lion’s den with his eyes wide open. He is a volunteer, not a victim...