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“You must not be misled by a party that only cares for blacks on the eve of the elections” Nelson Mandela

A Reminder to The Stalwarts of the ANC on statements by the Secretary General

Pinky Khoabane reminds the ANC Stalwarts that there is nothing “alien” about the ANC advising voters against voting for the Democratic Alliance which at times would be referred to as the “white party” and at other times the party with links to apartheid and this time “umlungu”. The ANC has always painted the DA as s white party with a white leader that Black voters should stay away from. Even with Mmusi Maimane as leader of DA, ANC leaders will remind voters he’s nothing but a stooge who is being controlled by a white woman. Former Presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma have in the past made reference to the DA in this way.

ADDRESSING a rally to commemorate the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) 15th Anniversary in 2000, former President Nelson Mandela warned the gathering against the Democratic Alliance (DA) -“You must not be misled by a party that only cares for blacks on the eve of the elections.”

“No white party can run this country … no matter how they cover up by getting a few black stooges, they (the whites) remain the bosses … they remain a white party.”

“The ANC is the organisation of the future. Nobody can deny the ANC that role,” Mandela said.

At the time, he urged English and Afrikaans speaking South Africans to join the ANC.
President Thabo Mbeki
Speaking in Khayelitsha in Cape Town on a campaign trail in 2000, former President Thabo Mbeki told the residents there: “They say they love you and you must vote for them, but where were they when Mandela was in jail for 27 years?”
“They were right here but they were on the other side. They are the same people who put us on Robben Island”.
President Jacob Zuma
During his campaign trail in the 2016 elections former President Jacob Zuma warned voters not to forget where they came from. “We cannot be ruled by an offspring of apartheid.”
Last year he reportedly asked voters who they thought would lead this country if they didnt vote. “Who do you think will rule this country if you don’t vote? WIll it be led by that boy who is led by that woman…?” (referring to Mmmusi Maimane and Helen Zille).
Ace Magashule
Fast forward to 2019 and the ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule is accused of being racist for advising voters in Phillipi against voting for a white party. The ANC veterans have asked for him to be sanctioned: “…inciting ANC supporters to exercise their vote in a racist way, is completely unacceptable. As far as we are concerned, these are the utterance of an individual and cannot be construed as the utterances of the ANC by any stretch of the imagination. The ANC Constitution is our lodestar. We are proud members of the ANC, ‘a non-racial and non-sexist and democratic liberation movement.’ Our Constitution behoves us ‘to unite all the people of South Africa, Africans in particular, for the complete liberation of the country from all forms of discrimination and national oppression’.”
They went further: “The utterances by someone occupying the office of SG, exhorting 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”.
Back to former President Thabo Mbeki

 

Speaking in Parliament in 2001, Mbeki lashed out at those who tried to portray him as a racist.

“Respect for the truth as I see it obliges me to say that it would be eminently dishonest to pretend and assert that the legacy of centuries of colonialism and apartheid has been wiped out in a period of seven years since our liberation.”

Because there was a legacy of racist policies, “we cannot and must not avoid discussion of racism, precisely to ensure that we end racism in our country”.

“To respond to the unfounded fears about the future among some of our compatriots, we are asked to avoid telling the truth. We are asked to say that the legacy of apartheid, of racial divisions and disparities, is no more.

“To force us to tell falsehoods, the insult is thrown out that the very people who sacrificed everything to end racism in our country have chosen to entrench racism, for opportunistic political purposes.”

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