SONA debate: Dugmore accuses ‘racist’ DA of cadre deployment hypocrisy

The leader of the ANC in the Western Cape legislature, Cameron Dugmore, once again accused the DA of having double standards when it comes to so-called cadre deployment in his speech at the SONA 2022 debate on Monday evening, 14 February.

DUGMORE TAKES DA ALLEGATIONS TO SONA DEBATE PODIUM

Dugmore said Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has the potential to be a “genuine participant” in the search for a new consensus before adding that the official opposition party and its leaders are a “problem.”

He listed several policies that the blue party is opposed to including the current minimum wage, employment equity, BBBEE and land redistribution.

Dugmore went on to wave DA correspondence at the gathered MPs, which he claimed is definitive proof that the party employs cadre deployment.

“The DA has lied to this country by claiming that they do not practice cadre deployment while attacking the ANC. What hypocrisy,” he said.

The letter first surfaced after the DA successfully lobbied for the publication of the ANC’s deployment committee meeting minutes, which showed how the ruling party was instrumental in the appointment of various government and parastatal appointments.

READ: Cadre Deployment: ANC involved in the appointment of 88 state positions, including ConCourt judges

Dugmore has insisted that the opposition party also practices the same deployment in the areas it governs.

He read out segments of a letter dated 18 May 2018 that bears Anton Bredell’s signature, which according to the ANC politician proved that the DA makes no appointments to the public service without clearance from its FedEx [Federal Executive].

“Now, what’s worse is that this letter was actually aimed at blocking a more qualified black candidate in George. To favour a less qualified DA loyalist who was white. So, not only is it cadre deployment, it is actually undermining the employment equity and is racism. That is the DA’s deployment,” said Dugmore.

Dugmore read out another letter, written by James Selfe, which he claimed showed that the DA manipulated an already-posted job listing so that it favoured their “so-called cadre.” “That is the DA for your, once again cadre deployment; once again racism; once again unlawful because it is unlawful to undermine employment equity.”

He said the ANC requested DA hand over all its minutes and letters between 2009 and the present. The deadline for this request was 1 February. Dugmore said the ANC would announce its next steps on 16 February.

“On Wednesday, we are going to announce what the next steps are and get this information from people who are sanctimonious but who are actually, deep down, deeply racist. That’s what they are,” said Dugmore.

In January, then-leader of the DA in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, who was suspended after a raft of sexual assault allegations, told TimesLive that he would not respond to Dugmore’s demands.

“I do not even think Cameron Dugmore deserves any comment. My personal view is that I cannot legitimise his comments with a response, he is clutching at straws and should not be entertained,” said Fritz.

MAZZONE HITS BACK

DA Chief Whip, Natasha Mazzone, delivered her speech later in the evening and she had some choice words for the ANC leader in the Western Cape.

She referred to Dugmore as nothing more than a useful puppet.

“You bring up a three-year-old letter all the time, yet you never mention Mr [Marius] Fransman or the brown envelopes that constantly get passed through your ANC.

“You have one card left to play, sir, and that is the race card and the country is onto you. So, talk to me all you want sir but your sad and little life will never see you become the leader of the ANC in the Western Cape,’ said Mazzone.

Fransman, a former leader of the ANC in the Western Cape, was accused of sexual assault by his assistant. He denied the allegations. Members of both ANC and DA called for him to step down.

In September 2016, he resigned as a member of the provincial parliament and in November of the same year, he was found guilty of misconduct by the ANC National Disciplinary Committee and suspended from the party for five years.

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