LISTEN: DA's Mazzone: My father was 'dark' and built himself up from nothing

There's speculation the Democratic Alliance (DA) is embroiled in an internal race row.

It follows tweets by leader, Mmusi Maimane who said:

"I firmly stand by comments I made on Freedom Day. SA remains deeply unequal, with black South Africans locked out of opportunities. We must focus on solving the problem. Liberation of one race is not the enslaving of another - all of us, black and white must come together and build. #SA4ALL"

WATCH: Eusebius McKaiser's response to Mazzone

Reports suggested Maimane had been challenged by senior members of the DA after comments he made at Freedom Day celebrations in Soshanguve, in which he called for white privilege and black poverty to be confronted.

On 6 May, Deputy chairperson of the DA’s Federal Council Natasha Mazonne tweeted: "I use myself as the example, I was extremely privileged. My father however arrived here with NOTHING and was NOT privileged..."

In another tweet she said: "My father arrived from Naples in Italy, he was dark and could not speak English or Afrikaans, but he was a great chef. He built himself up from nothing to make a good life for his family. I HONOUR and thank my father."

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Mazzone said she was in a caucus last week and at no time was Maimane the subject of an attack.

In actual fact, the crux of the discussion was the media reports that followed what he said in Soshanguve, and I don't speak out of caucus because we have a caucus confidentiality agreement for obvious reasons. But I myself consider myself 100% white privileged.

Natasha Mazonne, Deputy chairperson of the DA’s Federal Council

I grew up in the most unbelievably privileged environment with a family that gave me everything that I could want. These are the kind of debates that a political party should be having.

Natasha Mazonne, Deputy chairperson of the DA’s Federal Council

Listen here to more of what Mazzone had to say:


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