ANC insists Ace Magashule's "umlungu" comments are not racist

ANC insists Ace Magashule's "umlungu" comments are not racist

- 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

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see News on your News Feed!

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.

PAY ATTENTION: Do you want to know what's trending on Join our WhatsApp group today.

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.

READ ALSO: Lindiwe Sisulu: SA will pay the price for xenophobic attacks

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.

READ ALSO: 15 Memorable Photos From The Amazing Baby Shower Of Meghan Markle

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.

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!


Mailfire view pixel