In response to the “Our viewpoint” editorial (The Witness, November 12), the idea that only a person of one race can represent a person of that same race is completely at odds with our constitutional democracy.
It is also very instructive as to what the editor views as “diversity”. It clearly is not sexual orientation, language or gender, which the mayor-elect, deputy mayor-elect and speaker-elect embody. For them, race is the only defining factor for diversity. I am yet to see the ideology which the editor subscribes to, which is representivity, apply to any other political party. They are quite happy and comfortable regarding single-race parties like the ANC or EFF, which is concerning.
The facts are that voters in uMngeni did not care for race politics but voted for a party that can get things done, trusting it to put the best people forward and that is exactly what the DA has done. It is time we start to see people for what they can contribute to society and not as a demographic box-ticking representative.
DEAN MACPHERSON MP
DA KZN chairperson