The DA’s intention was in stark contrast to alcohol related, accidental deaths and a community problem amplified by severe joblessness. It led to a political mess deeply underscored with racism.
It made DA supporters, mostly white (middle class and affluent), bewildered and angry. Bad behaviour and safety beside our waterways was more their concern than alcohol itself.
Opposing them with the “Yes Vote” were ICOSA, ANC and COPE politicians. That political lines were thus drawn must raise the question of motive.
The biggest tragedy of argument by the pro-drinkers was associating the whole coloured community with alcohol: “Coloureds are drinkers so if you stop them drinking in public, you’re racist.” It’s a despicable untruth made worse by the fact that the “Yes” politicians never corrected it.
The “No vote” may have won but that is not as important as the political criticism thrown at the media and what we learned about our divided town. Nor is it more important than how the DA arrived at the decision. I used the word “hypocrites” in my title. I’ll dig into that disturbia (and more) in my next blog.