ANC Youth League slams SA opposition leader for racist spat

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) Youth League has condemned as "racist" remarks attributed to opposition party leader Tony Leon, during a speech at Oxford University in England.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader was quoted as saying: "rich people are good for the environment, they have fewer children, can afford cleaner, efficient technologies, use resources more efficiently, don't chop down trees for firewood, they don't kill wild animals for food, and they have time and money to enjoy and protect nature.
" The Youth League said in a statement Wednesday this was the latest in a series of Leon's outbursts about his hatred of black people and the globally marginalized countries in general and South Africa's poor in particular, "and a true reflection of the DA's racist policies.
" "This was not the first time that Leon used the international platform to make outrageous most backward racist remarks, which represent a dying breed of a political dinosaur.
Leon is a relic of the order of the late PW Botha, whom despite all our diplomatic efforts at nation-building, we nonetheless cannot forget the injustices that his diminishing breed represented in the evolution of our civilisation," ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.
He added: "If anything holds at ransom our national progress, it is the continued popping out of these barbaric statements that posterity would never believe they in fact ever existed side by side with the thrust of our constitutional order that seeks to restore the injustices of decades of apartheid misrule," Leon, a perennial ANC critic, was not available for comment.

08 november 2006 21:44:00

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