The ANC has accused former DA leader Helen Zille of using Reconciliation Day to engage in partisan politics and trivialise the significance of nation building.
National spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement that Zille had called for “no reconciliation with corruption”, along with her “fellow organisers” of the #ZumaMustFall march, and said they “belittle the significance of Reconciliation Day by partisan posturing”.
“With her statement, Zille sends a message that the DA has no interest in genuine reconciliation with the masses of our people, but will use any opportunity for political point scoring to the extent of dividing our people instead of uniting them,” the statement read.
He said Zille’s statements placed the country’s hard-won democracy at risk and mocked the suffering of the South African majority at the hands of the white minority apartheid state.
“Corruption is a fight that will be best won by all citizens combined, without tearing the people apart. To Zille and her ilk, it is a pawn in a game where it is clear that genuine non-racialism, unity and reconciliation are not the ultimate objectives, but rather narrow partisan interests placed first and above the goal of bringing our people together.”
Zille joined about 2 000 protesters on Wednesday in front of Parliament for the #ZumaMustFall campaign. The campaigners were demanding that President Jacob Zuma be removed.
Thousands of protest marched in various cities including Cape Town, George, Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Zuma faced a backlash after he announced last week that he was replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC MP Des van Rooyen.
There was a public outcry and calls for Zuma to be recalled over the move, which saw the rand reach record lows. Four days after the announcement Zuma backtracked, replacing Van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, which saw the rand recover somewhat.