The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the official opposition party to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and have proven to be a diverse and dynamic party in South Africa. The DA delivers and is a credible party that remains committed to fighting poverty. The Western Cape province is under the control of the DA and over the years, the remarkable good governance proves that this party is committed to leading South Africa into a first world country.
Having said that, no political party within South Africa is without internal problems and recently the ruling ANC party has scored big within the scope of difficulties. It is not secret that corruption and fraud is a major factor why the ruling party is failing. However, the DA remains a party that has the most effective method to change the face of South Africa. Recently the DA have become inundated with internal appeals by Councillors who say that procedure of appointments within the party is rigged, and controlled by the Brotherhood of the Freemasons.
Is this bad or can this be a way forward? Could this mean that competent Councillors who are not part of the Freemasons will be removed in favor of the secret organization? What exactly is Freemasonry – it is an organization of men who strive to live by the fundamental principles of truth, morality and brotherly love. At a quick glance, it does not seem so bad, but there are questions that are not answered.
At the top of the DA list of Councillors who belong to the Freemasons are –
THE KOH‐I‐NOOR LODGE OF FREEMASONS
The Grand Master of this Lodge is the Hon. Mr Brandon Topham MP;
The Scribe of the Lodge is Cllr. Gert Visser;
Other known members of this Lodge are:
Cllr Reyaan Uys;
Cllr Danie Swanepoel;
Cllr Mike Shackleton;
Mr Janho Engelbrecht MPL; and
Mr Solly Msimanga MPL
Any many others.
There is a complaint that preference is given to Freemason candidates of the DA and while many might be meritorious and deserving the position, what about the non-freemason members who are equally commendable of attaining a position as a counsellor. Members of the Koh‐i‐Noor Lodge have taken over the municipality of Tshwane. I guess the leader of the DA Mmusi Maimane has much work to do.
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