Reports have been doing the rounds that Ace Magashule said the ruling party doesn't need white votes. However, the African National Congress denies this vehemently and called it sensationalism.
An article in a Sunday newspaper claimed that the ruling party's Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, said they do not need white votes.
The ANC slammed the report and called it "sensational hot air".
The Citizen reported that the party released a statement that did not stand for the report, which according to them is false.
We reject the report with the contempt it deserves.
For City Press to say Magashule said the ANC does not need white votes is mischievious and deliberately misleading and a total fabrication.
The headline did not reflect what the body of the article reported Magashule as having said.
The secretary-general of the ANC emphasised that the ANC is a democratic organisation, and that its support was not based on colour. Comrade Magashule pointed out that there are progressive, democratic whites who will vote for the ANC.
However, he made the obvious factual observation that the majority of South African voters are those who were oppressed – blacks in general and Africans in particular.
He then proceeded to note that to think that whites, generally, will vote for the ANC does not make sense to him in terms of the prevailing objective conditions in South Africa.
The matter was also discussed on social media:
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