Does liberalism (or the DA) fit in SA politics? Tony Leon, Prince Mashele debate

Is there a place for liberalism in South African politics?

Author and analyst Prince Mashele believes liberalism in its current guise fails to address structural issues such as poverty and the disempowerment of the black population.

Read: The ANC is dying and Prince Mashele says South Africans have three other choices

Mashele says that liberalism may only begin to work if it strikes a balance between the individual and society to address inequality.

We don't believe that liberalism can answer pressing question that face society today.

Prince Mashele, author and political analyst

Liberalism is a political ideology founded on ideas of liberty and equality and focuses on protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual.

The DA as a liberal party needs to clarify how it intends to use liberalism as an instrument to address historic injustice.

Prince Mashele, author and political analyst

Politician and columnist Tony Leon argues that an adaptive form of liberalism is needed in the South African context.

Leon, a former DA leader, explains that he does not hold a fundamentalist view on liberalism and says liberal theories need to be tailored.

Also read: De Lille, Smith spat could threaten public confidence in DA, warns Tony Leon

Liberalism is the power of the individual. It makes the individual the touchstone of value in society.

Tony Leon, politician and columnist

We've got to adapt liberalism to the realities of our history.

Tony Leon, politician and columnist

I think an adaptive form of liberalism is still the best ticket out of poverty and inequality in this country.

Tony Leon, politician and columnist

He says the DA does not currently have time or ideological resources to adapt and explain liberalism in the South African context.

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