- The ANC has refused to condemn Ace Magashule's "umlungu" comments
- The party says that the statement was not racist
- Some ANC veterans, however, have called on Cyril Ramaphosa to discipline Magashule
The ANC has defended Ace Magashule's comment that the public should not vote for "umlungu" during this year's election.
Magashule made the remarks in Philippi in the Western Cape.
The party's spokesperson, Dakota Legoete, maintained that Magashule's comment was not racist.
He said that Magashule was merely condemning political parties which "protected and defended" the interests of minority groups.
Legoete added that the ANC was a nonracial organisation.
The ANC's Top 6, however, has not issued a comment regarding Magashule's statement.
Additionally, some figures within the ANC were unhappy with Magashule's comments. Certain ANC veterans, for example, have demanded that Cyril Ramaphosa take action against Magashule over the statement.
Despite this, some commentators have predicted that the party will only take "symbolic" action against Magashule - if it takes action at all.
Some political analysts have pointed out that the ANC's leadership is divided and still includes some figures who were loyal to Jacob Zuma, according to The Citizen. As a result, some of them clearly side with Magashule and may be reluctant to sanction him.
For the time being, it appears that the ANC is dealing with the complaints against Magashule by saying that he must deal with them in his personal capacity.
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