The issue of race is important, but it should not absorb all the oxygen in the room.
That’s how DA policy chief Gwen Ngwenya said at a Cape Town Press Club meeting on Monday.
She talked about the DA’s values and principles document issued last week in Johannesburg.
The document will be discussed in April at the party’s policy conference in Midrand, Gauteng. If accepted, it will be an official DA policy.
Ngwenya says non-racialism “is at the heart of the decisions we will have to make”.
The words “multiracial” and “non-racial” were intertwined for too long.
“There is a difference between multiracial and non-racial,” she says.
Interracial refers to a community that says there are different races that get along well. “This is how it is ‘beautified’ in South Africa with the concept of the ‘rainbow nation’.”
Ngwenya says the alternative – non-racialism – says race does not exist, but has been forced by those who take advantage of it. Non-racialism is something that is envisaged for a future where race has been overcome.
The policy document states that the DA strives “unequivocally for non-racialism and not for multiracialism”.
She says the DA has been angry over his views on race in the past.
The policy document also says a lot of damage has been done and is still being done based on false beliefs about racial differences. “
The draft policy document deals with a social market economy and federalism, as well as the separation of power between state and party, Ngwenya says.
The DA hopes the document will now be discussed by its structures, from ground level to provincial level, before it will be debated at the national policy conference.
The next draft document to be issued is on economic justice.