Confused South African Speaks Out

This blog has been following the debate over Maori representation in Manukau City for several weeks. Now we see a new twist to the debate as a rather odd South African man enters the debate.

You would think that someone who has lived in South Africa would despise any move that separates two groups based on race. Not Mr Alan Phillips – the former Cape Town City Councillor, now living in New Zealand actually supports the Manukau City Council’s moves to give Maori special privileges by establishing a Maori Standing Committee:

“If you look at South Africa, there are standing committees to address the needs of the disadvantaged,” says Mr Phillips. “In other words, you’re giving preferential treatment to people that have the same vote to raise their level, I’m sure the committee will do the same for Maori.“In South Africa, the needs of black, coloured and Indian people are put ahead of white people. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, but you need to raise the level of all South Africans in South Africa, just as you need to raise the level of New Zealanders in NZ.”

Mr Phillips is certainly entitled to his view, but perhaps he should be open about his past as a Cape Town City Councillor (1996-2000).

In the time that Mr Phillips claims he was a Councillor, the municipal sub-council that he sat on decided to increase local government rates in their area by an outrageous 19% in one single year (1998)!

But not only did they hike the rates up by this much, because of the incompetence of the Council in forgetting to get the munucipality revalued for 25years, the massive increase impacted disproportionally on black homeowners in previously disadvantaged areas. The very people Mr Phillips now claims he strived to protect.

This case of disproportionally hiking the rates up on black communities was taken to the Cape Town High Court. In Lotus River, Ottery, Grassy Park Residents Association v South Peninsula Municipality the court found that the way the sub-council rated the municipality amounted to discrimination on the basis of colour.

So what exactly does Alan Phillips stand for? Using undemocratic methods to give special privileges to Maori based on race? Or does he stand for hiking the rates up on low socio-economic areas by discriminating against them on the basis of colour?

Either way, this sounds like one poor confused bastard. I’d also like to know why he skipped the country to come to NZ if he thought he did such a great job as a Councillor?

Keep this guy away from public office!!

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