In BEE is not the enemy (City Press, August 12 2018), Mondli Makhanya paid the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) a justly deserved compliment, though perhaps without meaning to.
He correctly said the IRR is “purist” in its liberalism; we are evangelical when it comes to our principles.
Four are particularly important – treating citizens as individuals, not as members of racially defined blocs; property rights; the market economy; and the rule of law.
We differ sharply, however, on the conclusions to be drawn from our commitment to these principles Makhanya wrote: “Each time the DA tries to crawl out of its cave of narrow liberalism, the IRR drags it right back in. It is the institute’s proud role to prevent the DA from stepping boldly into the real South Africa.”