The DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has today in celebrating Heritage Day, reminded more of just how diverse and colourful the SA nation is. He said SA doesn’t share a single heritage, nor even a common idea of what heritage means.
Today South Africans will be celebrating in a thousand different ways. Some of it will be serious and reflective, and some of it will be light-hearted and fun.
“This diversity of approach to Heritage Day reflects the diversity of our country. We truly are a melting pot of people, cultures and ideas. But that doesn’t mean we must live our lives separately, divided from one another by these demographic features.
“Our future is still one, united South Africa, and our only way of achieving a prosperous future for all is by pooling our resources and ideas,” told Steenhuisen.
According to Steenhuisen, one party in South Africa can offer such a truly rich diversity of ideas and that’s the DA. Across all levels of their structures and governments, their party, more than any other, personifies the rainbow nation.
“And this is because we were brought together not by a race or a language or a religion, but by a set of common values and a shared belief in what it will take to fix our country,” he said.
It is from this diverse pool of DA people that the newly adopted policies and principles were born.
“No other major party can say that. When they all speak of “our people”, the understanding is clear that there is an “us” and a “them”. But when the DA speaks of our people, it simply means South Africans.
“And when we write, debate and adopt our policies, we emerge with a complex plan that serves each and every citizen.”
The DA leader said it is also the reason why they have adopted non-racialism as a guiding principle for the party.