Ex-councillor Dirks campaigns for ANC

2013-10-08 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi Municipality deputy mayor Mervin Dirks is leading a campaign for the coloured community to vote ANC in next year’s general elections.

Dirks resigned from the council after the executive committee, of which he was a member, was dissolved in 2010.

Dirks was the main speaker at the Wally Adams memorial lecture in a packed Eastwood Community Hall on Friday night. ANC regional leaders — including Msunduzi mayor and Moses Mabhida deputy chairperson Chris Ndlela — were present.

Dirks said Adams was an ANC cadre who was instrumental in doing community work.

Adams was the first democratically elected councillor of the ANC from Eastwood and was described as the hardest working councillor at the municipality at the time.

Dirks said Adams understood that the ANC was the only political organisation that could help solve the challenges facing the coloured communities because of its non-racial agenda.

“As coloureds, we must stop believing that we have no leader, no country, no culture and we are only drunkards, because that was apartheid’s racial stereotype. We are a very religious people and we have got to realise this,” he said.

Ndlela encouraged community members to participate in political processes so that they do not feel marginalised.

“On issues of racism … the ANC has been preaching, from its inception, the gospel of non-racism. The ANC has always tried to unite the country, but when election time is near, issues of racism start to resurface,” he said.

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