Does DA only pro­tect white in­ter­ests?

Daily News - - METRO -

I AM dis­mayed by the ob­jec­tions raised by DA ward coun­cil­lor Martin Meyer and the res­i­dents in his ward, who are mostly white, against Gold Cir­cle host­ing so­cial events at Greyville Race­course.

Race meet­ings at Greyville, held both dur­ing the day and at night, have been sup­ported over the years by thou­sands of pun­ters.

Dur­ing the win­ter rac­ing sea­son, pop­u­lar race meet­ings like the Daily News 2000, the Mer­cury Sprint, Post Golden Slip­pers, the Gold Cup and other races at­tract large crowds. Ev­ery year the Dur­ban July Hand­i­cap draws over 50 000 race­go­ers from all over the coun­try and from overseas.

Yet there are no com­plaints from res­i­dents about traf­fic con­ges­tion and bois­ter­ous be­hav­iour then.

Now that Gold Cir­cle is also host­ing so­cial events at Greyville, such as wed­dings, con­certs and trade fairs, which are mostly at­tended by In­di­ans, res­i­dents are up­set and com­plain­ing that these events cause row­di­ness and heavy traf­fic vol­umes in the area. The de­mo­graph­ics of eThek­wini in­di­cate that there is a large In­dian pop­u­la­tion, who have to use pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties in the Dur­ban Cen­tral area.

In­dian re­li­gious and cul­tural events rarely go on later than 11pm and sel­dom, if ever, in­volve rowdy and rau­cous be­hav­iour.

The In­dian com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in KwaZulu-Natal – be­liev­ing that the DA would be their saviour – lent their proxy to the party in the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in large num­bers.

The In­dian elec­torate now needs to se­ri­ously re­con­sider its sup­port for the party be­cause it seems ob­vi­ous that the DA is a party for the pro­tec­tion of white in­ter­ests and they are only us­ing In­di­ans as vot­ing fod­der. VINESH ROOPLALL Shall­cross

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