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LAF Laughs Off IRR

  • Slates NGO over DA succession contest
  • Accuses body of non-partisanship

Liberate Afrika Forum (LAF) has called on the government to stop fund partisan non-governmental organisations which parade themselves as research institutes while pursuing a political agenda in cahoots with opposition political parties.

The forum’s calls were sparked by social media statements attributed to the Institute for Race Relations (IRR), reportedly throwing its weight behind Alan Winde as the next DA leader to replace embattled Mmusi Maimane.

Maimane has been embroiled in a series of scandalous revelations recently involving the ownership of his home and the use of a vehicle allegedly donated by Steinhoff, a controversial company which made headlines when investments worth millions were siphoned by its executives.

In a statement released yesterday morning, Liberate Afrika Forum chairperson Sello Pietersen accused the IRR of having lost its ability to hide being a non-governmental organisation but a lobby group for what he called “a white cabal” in the DA.

“We have learnt with sheer nausea that the IRR, a non-profit organisation expected to be non-partisan, has explicitly pronounced its outright support for Alan Winde as the next leader of the DA,” said Pietersen.

He noted: “We call on our government and its agencies to stop extending political funding to cabalist entities like the IRR.”

He also urged other funders to disassociate themselves from the IRR, labelling the body an ‘agency of colonialism’.

Pietersen urged the troubled Maimane and all Africans to avoid being used by racist whites.

“Our African brothers and sisters must desist from being turned into political mascots for the benefit of racists. We call on them to leave racist organisations like the DA and join progressive forces which have always been on the side of the masses,” he added.

Maimane has said in reaction to a string of revelations against him that there are concerted moves to oust him as DA leader.

LAF said it is vindicated in its view that many of the entities claiming to be community organisations are in fact agents of ‘apartheid and colonialism’ tasked with working round the clock to preserve or promote unequal status.

“The IRR has now gone full throttle by exposing itself as a covert agent of a white cabal in the DA, a stubborn cabal that has always been anti-progress, anti-development, anti-democracy and largely anti-Afrikan and anti-black,” noted the organisation.

LAF said to prove this point, the IRR had appointed Helen Zille as its senior policy research fellow, a former DA leader the former accuses of being an advocate for colonialism and oppression.

Zille drew the ire of many people last year after she claimed South Africa was better off under colonialism.

On the IRR’s anti National Health Insurance plans, the LAF slated the body as backward and misinformed.

“It is our considered view that the NHI shall serve as a policy ‘messiah’ for the people of South Africa, the majority of whom are African and female,” it noted.

LAF further accused IRR of being absent in pronouncing against high costs of medication, one of the critical issues the NHI seeks to redress, citing the recently released report by the Competition Commission on the massive fraud and corruption in the medical aid schemes.

It also vowed to conduct and publish research “which shall be Afrikan and decolonised” in the future, and seeking African solutions to African problems.

In response to the LAF, IRR spokesman Michael Morris said the debate around the next DA leader was carried in the opinion publication by the IRR and forms part of the body’s initiatives to have all opinions aired.

“The piece actually speaks of asserting non racialism and speaks about choosing leaders based on their talent and their contribution to the party rather simply on their race,” noted Morris.

He denied that the piece amounts to backing Wade for the next DA leadership. Instead, he likened the debate around the party’s next leader to the pre-ANC Nasrec conference where Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was contesting President Cyril Ramaphosa.

On the NHI, he said, the IRR believes SA deserves a universal health system, but added the IRR does not believe the NHI is the way to go.

By: Ramosidi Matekane