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SAMWU Disgusted by yet Another DA Racist Councillor

  • Monday, 28 November 2016 15:21
28 November 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with disgust at the recent comments made by City of Cape Town DA councillor Shayne Ramsay on her Facebook page over the weekend. In her Facebook post Cllr Ramsay said that she had met with "residents, City staff, colleagues and Mayco members” regarding homelessness in Cape Town adding that she would be organising a march against Homeless people in the opulent suburb of Sea Point.

Cllr Ramsay called homeless people mentally retarded, vagrants and social outcasts who according to her do not have a place in Cape Town. Her comments and the fact that the DA has so far not acted is indicative that the DA does not take racism serious particularly within their fold as racism as now become our daily bread from the DA. This follows racists remarks made against black pupils at the Wynburg High School confirming our daily subjection to racism.

Having confessed to meeting with her DA colleagues about the issue of homelessness, one can therefore infer that this has automatically become the view of the DA that there should be no black poor black people in Sea Point and that the area should be reserved exclusively for her rich which counterparts.

Ramsay as a result of her white privilege and entitlement simply does not understand the conditions that poor people have to endure. Not only are her remarks disgusting, of bad taste, hurtful and demeaning to the poor and homeless (who according to Ramsay are not people) but they also have a racist connotation attached to them. It is for this reason that we call on her immediate suspension.

Her comments are a spit in the face of the poor who are trying to make a living in Cape Town as the City had failed to provide them with decent jobs as the DA has on numerous occasions during elections campaigning that they would provide jobs. If the DA was successful in providing jobs, there would be no homeless people in Cape Town at all.

Cllr Ramsy is seemingly bored and does not know what to do with her time hence she is now exhibiting her racist tendencies. Our advise to the Councillor is that instead of exposing herself and the party she represents, she should have lobbied the City Council to provide housing and jobs for the poor in Cape Town, this however would have not materialised given that the DA has successfully turned Cape Town into a City for the rich and white.

Having noted her ridiculous apology after a public outcry, we still maintain that she should be suspended immediately without pay and that an investigation be conducted against her. It cant be correct that people always make racist comments and then apologise and expect us all to move on as though nothing has happened forgetting the pain and trauma that the victims go through. We are of the view that this horrendous crime can no longer go unpunished. It is for this reason that we call on the speedily conclusion of the newly proposed Hate Speech Bill to allow our people to get the justice they deserve.

Issued by SAMWU Western Cape Province

Sidney Flusk

Provincial Secretary

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Papikie Mohale

National Media Officer

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