ANC veterans have condemned the 'outrageous' comments made by the party's secretary general while out on the campaign trail this weekend. The veterans are adamant that inciting supporters to use their vote in a racist way is completely unacceptable.
ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule has been blasted by the party's veterans after urging supporters not to vote for the 'white man' again.
During a visit to Philippi in the Western Cape this weekend, Magashule had referred to the Democratic Alliance as 'umlungu' (white person) and discouraged people to vote for the 'white party'.
The party's veterans have since released a statement, distancing themselves from Magashule's comments:
"The disgraceful appeal to masses of poor black people not to vote for 'umlungu', are utterly alien to the core principles and character of the ANC and its mission to build a nation free of prejudice, poverty and exploitation."
The veterans made it clear that they felt Magashule's comments had been his own as an individual and did not represent the party's views.
According to News24, the veterans had felt their secretary general's comments were 'completely at odds' with the Freedom Charter, as well as the party's constitution:
"It saddens us to see that his conduct makes him indistinguishable from the racial populists who have emerged during the years of state capture, those who cruelly exploit the hardships of our people through racial scapegoating to deflect attention from their own misdemeanours and criminal conduct."
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President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC integrity commission have been called on by party veterans to urgently act against Magashule.
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