ANC – Irresponsible with Racial Debate in South Africa
… by Dr. Pieter Mulder
Deputy Minister of Agriculture – Republic of South Africa
– JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA:
“Mugabe focuses on the whites and the British because he does not have answers for the problems his own government has created. This is an old political tactic. Hitler singled out the Jews as scapegoats for everything that was wrong in Germany.”
“We know how tragically that ended. In the same manner the focus is presently being placed on white people in South Africa and racism is used in every debate in order to deflect the attention away from the real problems in South Africa,” Dr. Pieter Mulder, the FF Plus leader said in the president’s budget debate in Parliament.
“This is short term politics. This is lazy politics. It is politics which incites people against each other without thinking about the long term consequences of this for South Africa,” Dr. Mulder said.
In his reaction Dr. Mulder referred to the Zuma painting and to the placards which were displayed by ANC members during the ANC march yesterday. Some of the placards read: “Whites hate Blacks”.
“In this country there will always be whites and blacks. I am not planning to leave this country and I am not planning to allow myself to be intimidated by racist propaganda. We can live together in conflict and hate or in harmony and peace.
Leaders’ comments and examples will determine which of the two’s recipe we will follow. That is why it is necessary to learn that we can disagree with each other and to debate with each other without hiding behind the race card ever time,” according to Mulder.
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Dr. Mulder is an unpaid politician and one of the last South African politicians willing to speak honestly about what is going on from day to day.
Early life and politics
He was born in Randfontein and grew up in Randfontein and Cape Town. He completed his high school education at the Riebeeck High School in Randfontein, where he was headboy and Victor Ludorum in athletics.
The son of former cabinet minister Connie Mulder, the young Mulder first worked as a lecturer at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, before being promoted to head of the university’s communications department.
Freedom Front Plus
Prior to South Africa’s first multi-racial elections in 1994, Mulder co-founded the Freedom Front with General Constand Viljoen, a former head of the South African Defence Force. During the elections of 1994, the Freedom Front managed to obtain nine seats in the National Assembly. This number was slashed to just four during the 1999 elections. Viljoen, who acted as leader since the party’s founding, retired from politics in 2001 and left Mulder in charge.
Deputy Minister and Leader of the Freedom Front
In 2004, under Mulder’s reign, the Freedom Front absorbed the Conservative Party, the Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging (Afrikaner Unity Movement), who lost its only seat in the National Assembly due to floor-crossing, and the Federale Alliansie of Dr. Louis Luyt. During the elections in 2004, the FF+ managed to hold on to its four seats in the National Assembly.
On 10 May 2009 President Jacob Zuma announced his appointment of Mulder as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Editing: Jim W. Dean