ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM condemns President Mbeki's ridiculous and repetitive use of the race card.
His latest use of the race card, in the ANC official newsletter, against anyone
who does not want to swallow the half-baked Arms Report is yet another reminder
that this man does not deserve to lead this country.
Mbeki labels with monotonous regularity his critics as racists. It is clear that
he resorts to insult and invective whenever he cannot defend the indefensible.
The UDM is concerned about the systematic and meticulous way in which Mbeki is
eroding the good race relations and nation building achieved under President
Mandela. His comments are an insult to every South African, irrespective of
race. Using the race card creates the distinct impression that Mbeki and his
government have painted themselves into a corner and that the Report is indeed,
as the UDM suggested, nothing less than a cover-up.
We can come to no other conclusion than this: Mbeki is the racist.
Most of his critics are honourable men and women. They are South Africans who
are concerned about their country, and rightly so because Mbeki is losing his
grip on the most basic rules of good governance. Skin colour does not come into
it. With each passing day he behaves more and more like a neurotic dictator, who
places greater stock in weapons than medicine, who travels more than he is at
home, and who sees plots and enemies wherever he turns. He confuses
praise-singing for fact; fact for deceit; and criticism for treason.
It is time for Mbeki and his cronies to realise that "struggle
credentials" and skin colour do not automatically make them immune to
mismanagement and corruption. Nothing has served to illustrate this sad fact
more acutely than this botched Arms Deal investigation and Mbeki's stubborn and
misguided views on HIV/AIDS.
To oppose mismanagement and corruption is not racism; it is patriotism. One day
historians might well picture this man as an emperor with a matchbox next to his
throne, playing fiddle while his country burns to the ground.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
16 November 2001