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The Democratic Alliance has hit back at media reports from the weekend that a caucus meeting got heated and took party leader Mmusi Maimane to task over comments made about “white privilege” at a Freedom Day rally.
Reports on Sunday claimed that a number of senior DA officials were concerned about losing voters as a result of comments made by Maimane.
The party has, however, moved to set the record straight and offer some clarity.
Speaking to eNCA, Natasha Mazzone said that caucus meetings are “confidential”, but confirmed that there was “no attack” on Maimane.
“It was just a discussion about what had happened at the rally and media reports that had come out afterwards.
“I consider myself as a product of 100% white privilege. I grew up in a most privileged environment. But I am proud to say that my father arrived in this country with absolutely nothing. He could not have been considered to be privileged.
“It was that kind of debate we had in the meeting and it was very productive.”
She said that South Africans “must have” these kinds of discussions.
“As we develop as a country, it becomes important that we speak about issues of the day. We have to fight as a political party not to pander to racist rhetoric. Not to pander to people who troll us on social media who try to divide us.”
“We need to start feeling comfortable discussing issues that we might have felt uncomfortable discussing in the past.”
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