- Jessie Duarte has attacked the ANC for being racist and chauvinistic during a speech in Soweto
- She accused the party of marginalising minorities within the movement
- The ANC deputy secretary-general accused women of only voting men into powerful positions
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Jessie Duart, the ANC deputy secretary-general, has broken ranks and spoke out publicly about the governing party. She accused the ANC of pushing non-blacks members and voters to the margins.
Duarte gave a fiery speech at the Naledi Community Hall in Soweto for the memorial of Albertina Sisulu and made it clear that there were some in the ANC who would not like what she was saying. She went further to label the party as being “tribally chauvinistic” according to iol.co.za.
“We have almost become tribalists in the way we present ourselves. We are racist in the ANC because we marginalise people who are not black African people; keep them out of the ANC at all costs. (And) put one or two there as tokens so that we can say mara ja, you know, there is uJessie apha (here) representing,” she said.
Briefly.co.za learned that Duarte went further to non-racialism is at the core of the ANC but the party fails to accept that. As a coloured woman, she does not feel welcome in the party as some in the party accuses coloured of benefitting from apartheid. As a result, some members of the coloured and Indian community no longer support the party according to Duarte.
“So today what you have is a national group of people in this country who don’t vote ANC, they just don’t vote, they stay at home. They don’t see the ANC as their home and yet in the 1980s and even some time before the 1980s we all worked together,” Duarte said.
Duarte warned that the ANC must realise that unity is not just a buzz word used during elections but is vital to the future of the party.
“Unless we are prepared to unite the nation, as the ANC we will not see our future in a 100 years’ time,” Duarte said.
The deputy secretary-general also had something to say to the women in the party who vote men into positions of power, reinforcing the chauvinistic tendencies in the party. She reminded the crow of what MaSisulu said during the struggle:
“No woman is lesser than a man, we are equal in this country.”
“But we must also be equal in real terms, not only because the constitution of the ANC says so. But what do we do (as) abafazi (women)? The first thing that women do is to elect men to lead, but when we put a woman’s name, we will gossip about that woman until that woman is finished. Women have not accepted that we are equal to men,” she told the gathering.
Jessie Duarte is at the centre of a controversy surrounding the PIC and Iqbal Survé’s Sekunjalo Independent Media. She does not believe the PIC should recover R2-billion in debt from the company.
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