The DA is to the right of the rightwing ANC

There are a number of workers who are thinking of protesting against the ANC by voting for the DA. We show that they are essentially the same, in fact, in some areas, the DA is even to the right of the ANC. Some have called this similarity the ‘DANC’. Read the ANC and DA manifestoes for yourself to see if we have correctly summarised the points. This is why we are calling for a total boycott and an action programme in support of the mineworkers, in support of the complete and total expropriation of the mines, without compensation to the capitalists, placing these under workers’ control:

ANC

DA

Oppose the R12 500 minimum wage for mineworkers, want the mining monopolies to continue to make trillions in profit and keep the masses in starvation in the land of plenty

Oppose the R12 500 minimum wage for mineworkers, want the mining monopolies to continue to make trillions in profit and keep the masses in starvation in the land of plenty

Supports labour brokers; have labour brokers on their NEC

Supports labour brokers

Supports ‘independent power producers’, ie privatization of Eskom

Supports ‘independent power producers’ privatization of Eskom

Uses inflation targeting of 3-6% which helps the bosses to justify low wages

Wants a special caucus of business, labour and govt to plan the cutting of wages (but Nedlac is already there)

Is moving away from building houses and now talks of ‘housing opportunities’, ie serviced plots are also ‘housing opportunities’

Wants to reduce building houses and wants more serviced plots, which they call ‘housing opportunities’, wants to give title deeds to shack dwellers, so every bit of land is privatized to enable the banks to get their clutches on it

Promoting smallholder famer development, prioritizing ex-bantustan communal areas; promise of settling more land claims submitted before the 1998 deadline; re-open land claims, starting in 2014, for 5 years; have taken shares and ownership on large commercial farms and wine distributors, in exchange for keeping farm wages low

Limit land reform to state land; promote legal title or individual ownership in ex-bantustan areas, ie privatization of last areas of communal land; protect the large commercial farmers and want to ensure low, slave wages on farms

Supported privatization of telecommunications through selling off shares in Telkom; created Neotel, a second landline operator

Promotes the further privatization of telecommunications through the creation of 3rd, 4th or even 5th landline operators

Supports special economic zones where labour laws will be reduced and it will be easier to dismiss workers and companies will get tax breaks

Supports special economic zones, relax labour laws so it will be easier to dismiss workers, there will be no minimum wages, companies will get tax breaks

Promises 6 million jobs, claiming that most of these will be permanent; promises to increase the EPWP (Public works) jobs to 2 million- thus the real commitment is to create casual jobs in the public sector, instead of permanent jobs there.

Promises the creation of 6 million real jobs(but considering that they support limiting centralized bargaining to exclude smaller companies, what will happen is retrenchments at larger unionised companies and the mass expansion of sweat shops, ie ‘new’ slave jobs) we remember the proposal at the job summit where the DA wanted to reduce all wages to R700 per month ; promises to increase the EPWP jobs to 2.5 million, also casualizing the public sector to a greater extent than even the ANC

Supports fracking

Supports fracking

The core of jobs will be the infrastructure plan that builds capitalist infrastructure to enable the monopolies to plunder more effectively; jobs will also come from agriculture, fishing, tourism, mining and hairdressing

The core of jobs will be the infrastructure plan that builds capitalist infrastructure to enable the monopolies to plunder more effectively; jobs will also come from agriculture, fishing, tourism and mining and from privatization (apparently the DA has no faith in hairdressing!)

Is limited from supporting  greater privatization yet, due to pressure from Cosatu members

Supports privatization of airports and ports

Through the NDP has guaranteed that there will be no nationalization

Wants to assure mining monopolies even more that there will be no nationalization

Has promised to look into transfer pricing but have deliberately ignored this for the past 20 years; leaders, including the SACP, have taken shares in mining and positions on mining company boards in exchange for allowing Anglo American and others to steal hundreds of billions in transfer pricing

Has never opposed transfer pricing; wants to reduce border controls and abolish exchange controls so Anglo American and other monopolies can steal even more through transfer pricing

16th Aug 2012, the police, the ANC leaders, the ANC leaders on the board of Lonmin, colluded in perpetrating the Marikana massacre, killing 34 mineworkers. The ANC has a ‘shoot to kill’ policy and has now joined the ranks of parties that massacre the masses in struggle against the capitalist system

Is historically the party of massacres- their forerunners, such as Smuts, massacred the masses at Bondelswarts and Bulhoek; they bombed the mineworkers into submission; the DA has a history of evictions and sending police to execute forced removals, many residents have had their eyes shot out in these attacks by the police

Have suspended 1000 soldiers since 2009 merely for exercising their right to protest unarmed; the generals have shares in companies; now the ANC govt has threatened to dismiss them

Has never supported the right of soldiers to unionise or their right to protest