To Minister Phumzile van Damme from CapeXit
By E-mail to: email@example.com
Dear Minister Van Damme
I trust this e-mail finds you well.
I wish to refer to the article in The South African, dated 15 June 2020, which addressed the survey which was undertaken by the Progress Group – said survey to be testing the feelings of the people regarding the independence of the Western Cape. We know that this group is in fact anti-independence but we find it interesting that the survey has now been shut down. Perhaps they got too much support in favour of independence and that shattered their original intentions to show no support for it.
Judging from your Twitter messages you also seem to think that there is no support for independence:
“Shadow communications minister Phumzile van Damme stepped into the debate, and comprehensively expressed her viewpoint. The MP said in no uncertain terms that she rejects the idea of independence for any region of South Africa, dismissing the suggestion as ‘ridiculous claptrap’.”
We are simply amazed at your statement and it is either a severe case of intentional ignorance or one of political arrogance…..perhaps an equal measure of both.
You further commented:
“That this is something that requires debate is astounding. The Western Cape is part of South Africa. And always will be. And always should be. If you don’t want to live in South Africa, well don’t live in South Africa. It is ridiculous, divisive, regressive, exceptionalist, nationalist claptrap.”
Wow, astoundingly arrogant when you are not speaking on behalf of the people of the Western Cape. I know you may come back and say your party rules the Western Cape, therefore you speak on their behalf. Well then you are woefully out of touch with the realities on the ground as a survey among your voters indicated that 66% (this is not a typo) are in support of independence. Could this be a case of you simply ignoring what is in the interest of your voters?.
Then you go on and make a very uninformed conclusion:
“But as van Damme highlights, the appetite for secession doesn’t seem to be strong enough”.
The Cape Party won 0.45% of the vote in 2019. The Western Cape doesn’t want it. Principle over 0.45% of the vote every day and any day of the week. https://t.co/4RmT99UTj2
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) June 15, 2020
So let me tell you more about CapeXit.
We are the fastest-growing movement for independence in the Western Cape with a registered membership of over 245 000 people (growing by a minimum of 1 500 per day) and a FB following of active members numbering at just under 48 000 people and growing by approximately a 1 000 per day. This compares rather well to your FB following of 7 807 people.
Interesting to note that at the last FB check the Cape Party had 19 327 followers. What a reckless assumption to base your comment that the Western Cape doesn’t want it on the performance of a political party. By the way, CapeXit is totally a-political as we believe that politics is exactly the reason why the will of the people is ignored in 4-year cycles.
However, this e-mail is not about you, but rather your attitude towards independence and the accompanying ignorance as to what is happening right here in your province. We know you are a very busy person, however, take some time out and chat to Ms. Helen Zille with whom we corresponded and sent information on CapeXit, as well as Messrs John Steenhuisen and Alan Winde, to whom we addressed e-mails which were duly, and not unexpectedly, ignored.
It may be worth noting that ignoring the reality of the mounting calls for independence will not make it go away.
CapeXit had the privilege of appearing on various internet channels, as well as local radio stations, notable the last being RSG earlier this week. After each interview, we had overwhelming support in favour of independence.
I reckon we can assume your point of view is that of your party.
We find that interesting as middle 2019 you had a bit of an incident and your party was considering disciplinary action. This never materialised however we did note your Twitter messages:
But here’s the thing: I will not be sacrificed at the altar to appease some people and in the quest for votes.
Sir, Ma’am, no. So, in a nutshell: makunyiwe macala.
Aug 25, 2019
Replying to @zilevandamme
To add: when the time is right, at the risk of sounding like Jacob Zuma, I will write about the year that has been 2019 in the DA. An annus horribilis. I know I am not alone in this. I have kept quiet in the hopes things will change for too long. Oh, and I am going nowhere.
In conclusion, we do not wish to engage in a protracted debate about whether the independence of the Western Cape is possible, as we have already determined that it is. I think let this be a plea as to not insult your own voters by deciding what is best for them and make reckless public statements like you did. Just remember your pre-election mantra of a vote for us to keep the Cape safe. Well, it seems your voters are increasingly supporting the notion of independence as they know that WILL keep the Cape safe.
We wish you well in your parliamentary duties.