Pieter Dirk-Uys starts political movement

2013-05-03 14:45
Cape Town - Performer Pieter Dirk-Uys launched a political "movement" on Friday morning to unite those seeking an alternative democracy in the country.

Speaking as a citizen, not as a satirist, he said South Africa's Democratic National Alternative (SA-Dna) was a concept he wanted smaller political parties to adopt and take forward with their own ideas.

"We have a very strong government, a strong ruling party, and in theatrical terms they are the most successful show on the block. It is a political soap opera with a democratically elected star, doing a show called ANC's Got Talent."

He was addressing journalists on-stage at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.

'Democracy is an orgy of opinions'

Dirk-Uys said the movement was not about disrespecting the African National Congress or its main opposition, the Democratic Alliance.

"I respect them enormously... They are my scriptwriters and I will never demean them," he said.

The goal was to support freedom of choice running up to the 2014 general elections, the first elections to include youth not born during the apartheid years.

The SA-Dna was a title of a "new show" he was launching for smaller parties, which addressed very different but important issues.

These parties included the DA, Independent Democrats, Freedom Front Plus, Congress of the People, Inkatha Freedom Party, African Christian Democratic Party, Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, and political platform Agang.

"Democracy is an orgy of opinions. The more opinions we have, the stronger our democracy. The more we disagree with each other, the healthier our democracy," he said.

'Not up to me to decide what it is'

The youth were a focus because they had no sentiment about the struggle and no commitment to vote for a former liberation movement. They simply wanted what democracy promised.

"Things aren't easy. But then, democracy has never been easy. Democracy is touched by human hands. Everyone's fingerprints are on the silver chalice of freedom, so it's never going to be perfect, but it's the closest we have to the imperfect-perfect way of running the country."

Many reporters seemed flummoxed by what exactly was being launched and asked Dirk-Uys to clarify if he was starting a political party or becoming a politician.

He replied: "This is a title, a name, a movement; it's not up to me to decide what it is. I don't want to speak on behalf of any political leader or any party."

His goal was for parties to present ideas which might make it more possible for democracy to succeed.

"The show is not up to me. If they [parties] find that this title helps them to [get] a huge, uncommitted voter nation out there, let them use it. It is there for the use of the future," he said.

"I am not going to do rallies, I am not going to do speeches, I am not here as a politician, I'm not here as a satirist, I am here as a citizen."

He said he had not yet approached any parties with his concept.

Comments

  • Ann Padoa - 2013-05-03 15:05

    Pieter Dirk-Uys. what planet are you from, how can you say that we have a very good government. They are nothing but a bunch of corrupt morons.

      Allstar Scotts - 2013-05-03 17:39

      Tongue in cheek..!!!!! They are also his' script writers',,,!!!!

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-05-03 18:04

      He did not say what you think he said. He said they were strong not invincible. He may claim that he isn't satirising but he is doing it anyway. He did this last election as well - even had a website. Pieter-Dirk Uys will criticise all comers in his own inimitable way in the hopes that if people can see how childish they appear to others and that the voters are not as stupid as so many paint them. Honey and laughter win more voters than vinegar and criticism particularly in some quarters.

      Nolisindiso Jonas - 2013-05-03 19:22

      Why are white people so happy when they call anyone not agreeing with them a moron?

      Rodney Louis - 2013-05-03 20:06

      Viva Pieter ..

  • Sheilan - 2013-05-03 15:08

    Honestly!? *rolls eyes*

  • Silas Mapuroma - 2013-05-03 15:11

    WOW!!!

  • Clint Hufkie - 2013-05-03 15:25

    sometimes you just have to realize that your career is dead and no amount of publicity is going to revive it.

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-05-03 15:59

      I'm not sure how his career managed to survive as long as it did. He certainly didn't get by on humor given his non-existent comedic talent.

      Stephen Michael - 2013-05-06 11:10

      The man was a genius before you were born and will continue to be a genius regardless of the politically naieve and comedically stunted Clints and Bobs of the world

  • Mike Angell - 2013-05-03 15:34

    Great one Peter. Good chuckle.

  • Gary Wynn√® Vickers - 2013-05-03 15:52

    The only support he will get is from the bra's he wears

  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-05-03 16:05

    Hahaha every1 is starting thy own party I love election time! Mayb j shud start mine 2,lmao

      Wesley Fick - 2013-05-03 19:25

      Uys isn't starting a political party. He's starting a social platformon a website aimed to educate young voters about the country's history and that their vote should go to the right people, not the ones who can shout the loudest or coax others through intimidation, threats and fear-mongering.

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2013-05-03 17:13

    Firs it was Anti Zille then Anti Ramela now Anti Evita and they are all Anti ANC.

  • Cecil Wright - 2013-05-03 19:06

    Obviously just like the ANC - a brain damaged IDIOT!!!!!!!!

  • Mary Knight Briggs McDonald - 2013-05-03 19:38

    Good stuff!!

  • Kosie Nel - 2013-05-03 21:08

    Sorry pal, you will always be regarded as a joke, nobody will take you seriously! Stand up comedy!

  • Scully Cloete - 2013-05-03 23:54

    Fantasties....you have my voice Madam President in waiting! Love it! Viva Evita!

      Beverly Young - 2013-05-04 08:08

      YAY!! I agree with you........pity other people cant laugh at themselves too. I hope he takes on tghe part of a 'Gupta' as an opening number, wearing a jet on his head. Come on people......are you so used to being 'kicked' that you cant see what is happening to us? WE ARE THE JOKE... we are lying down like mangey curs, accepting the handouts, accepting the theft of our magnificent country.....eish.....I need a drink. Well done Dirk!!

  • David Van Der Walt - 2013-05-04 09:12

    I would vote for him. I can see improvements.

  • Sean Goldie - 2013-05-04 09:44

    Hasbeen Lesbeen

  • Tim Norris - 2013-05-04 11:17

    I do trust that it will be called the 'bowel' party. Pieter's political acumen is wonderfully astute, allowing him to get away with so much. I can't wait for his Gupta show

  • Tim Norris - 2013-05-04 11:20

    Thinking about it, I bet Leon Schuster was at Sun City waiting on the Guptas, hence the complaints - grin!

  • Nozipho Mabhida - 2013-05-04 16:45

    You won't succeed u're doomed to fail cause the anc will rule until Jesus comes

  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-05-04 20:25

    Evita is boring.

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