ANC ‘unashamedly’ backs motor show

2014-01-31 00:00

The ANC is eyeing an unlikely group of voters — Pietermaritzburg’s drag racers.

A large banner at the entrance of the Raisethorpe CBD shows the party’s support for a midnight motor show today.

The move has sparked debate in the drag racing fraternity, with social media abuzz about the ruling party’s interest.

There are sceptics and supporters galore, but residents are less amused, questioning the ANC’s support for a motor show that they say will see their streets closed, loud music and the revving of engines as exhibitors show off their horsepower.

But Babu Baijoo, election co-ordinator for the ANC in the central and northern areas of the capital, confirmed the party was backing the event.

The sport was widely popular among the youth and it was one way to reach them, he said.

It was also part of the ANC’s “social ills campaign” and gave the party an opportunity to address the issue of illegal drag racing.

“I can unashamedly say that the ANC wants to regularise this sport so that it can be safer,” Baijoo said.

“We are the ruling party. If we want something to happen, we have the numbers on our side,” he added.

However, he said there was no magic wand and that they hoped to set up a committee involving the municipality, a delegation from the drag racing fraternity and others to look at finding a safe venue for the sport in the city.

He said there would be a delegation of high-profile ANC members at the event, including KZN MEC for Public Works and Human Settlements Ravi Pillay.

Motor show convenor Michael Chetty welcomed the ANC’s support and said he believed that it would finally see them succeed in their campaign to make drag racing in the city legal.

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