The DA believes that the historical inequalities of the past should be rectified, but that it should be accompanied by a strong commitment to reconciliation and a commitment to ensure that the inequality of opportunity that characterizes South Africa’s apartheid past was not also a feature of the present or the future.
This is the party’s policy on redress that was adopted by more than 200 delegates at its online policy conference on Saturday morning. The policy is one of many of the DA’s policy documents on values and principles adopted so far at the two-day conference – which ends on Sunday.
The accepted policy further states that rectification refers to the need to rectify an unfair situation.
“Our past is littered with countless injustices stemming from past conflicts and the racial segregation policies of apartheid.
“These include forced relocations, job reservations, detention without trial, inequalities in education and concentration camps. The consequences of these injustices still exist and are exacerbated by poor governance and are reflected in the high levels of poverty, unemployment and general inequality in opportunities.”
It further states that policies that address inequality in opportunities and that include interventions in education, health care, the economy and safety and security will always be central pillars of the DA’s program of action.
This commitment to equal opportunities is so profound for the party that it is reflected in its vision for an “open opportunity society for all”.
“The DA will strive to overcome the past and to create a just and equal future,” the policy reads.
Interim federal DA chairman Ivan Meyer said at lunchtime on Saturday that the conference had so far been in good spirits and that the morning part of it had been “productive and fruitful”.
“This morning we reaffirmed the DA’s fundamentals with regard to constitutional democracy, the rule of law, the distinction between party and state, non-racialism, reconciliation and diversity.
“The restoration of historical inequalities and reconciliation have been confirmed as pillars of the DA’s policy.