ANC will approach each election on its merits

2013-09-08 14:00

The ANC will approach this election as in every previous one, reaching out to every sector of society.

We have always worked tirelessly to unite the nation around action to meet the challenges the country faces, especially the needs of the poor.

Throughout our 20 years of democracy, even though the ANC has had a decisive majority, it has had an unshakeable commitment to uniting the nation in moving the country from what it was – divided, unequal, discriminatory and neglectful of the poor majority – to a united and equitable society.

As much as has been done, there is still more to be done, requiring the combined ­efforts of every sector.

The ANC government brought all sectors together to work out a National Development Plan to take the country’s development to a higher level.

We will all need to work together to implement the plan.?An election that trades on the divisions of the past, as envisaged in your article “ANC won’t waste its time on white vote” (City Press, September 1 2013), is neither in the interests of the country nor the ANC as the majority party with a mission to build a united and equal society.

My deputy secretary-general’s briefing was crystal clear – we intend to visit every voter and that means every ­household in every sector.

And when I spoke of women, it was all women.

When I spoke of the support base, it referred to all those who support the ANC from whatever sector.

Our membership stands at more than 1.2?million.

We have a branch in every ward as demarcated for election purposes and our resolve is to fight this election on every front.

We will also ensure that we indicate directly to voters the achievements of the ANC-led government over the past 20 years, and more specifically over the past five years.

Over the next few weeks, we will be holding public forums in all major centres of the country where we will spell out, in detail, achievements our government has made and discuss challenges we face as a nation.

For the record

On a page 4 story in City Press last Sunday titled “ANC won’t waste its time on white vote”, the pull-out quote was incorrectly attributed to ANC deputy general secretary Jessie ­Duarte.

As stated in the story, it was an ANC national executive member who said: “It is almost impossible to convince white people to vote for the ANC, so we will probably not waste time canvassing them.”

The headline and the intro also do not accurately reflect the facts presented in the story. City Press regrets the errors.

»?Duarte is the ANC’s deputy secretary-general

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