Mkhize condemns ‘stupid’ talk about minorities

2011-05-17 00:00

A CAPACITY crowd at the Truro Hall in Northdale heard the KZN ANC leader, Premier Zweli Mkhize, make a final bid to woo Indian voters in the northern suburbs.

Mkhize emphasised non-racism as a core value of the ANC. The public meeting was billed as one in which the premier would address concerns of the community. From his remarks, the issue of non-racism is clearly a major concern. He said the term “black people” refers to Africans, Indians and coloureds and it is a definition that endures to this day.

He emphasised that the Freedom Charter, with its statement that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, remains the essence of ANC policy and of the Constitution.

“Non-racism is a lasting virtue and one of the few lasting virtues that unites us as a country. We who have lived through the country’s divided past still carry a lot of baggage; this is why we get worried when people say stupid things.”

Mkhize added that comments about minorities made by government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi and ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who called whites criminals, are unacceptable. He said these are the statements of individuals and they are not talking on behalf of the ANC.

He said affirmative action is an issue that people misunderstand. It talks about blacks, and blacks are African, Indian and coloured. “Sometimes people argue about the competition for jobs. The reason is that levels of unemployment

Nalini NaidooA CAPACITY crowd at the Truro Hall in Northdale heard the KZN ANC leader, Premier Zweli Mkhize, make a final bid to woo Indian voters in the northern suburbs.

Mkhize emphasised non-racism as a core value of the ANC. The public meeting was billed as one in which the premier would address concerns of the community. From his remarks, the issue of non-racism is clearly a major concern. He said the term "black people" refers to Africans, Indians and coloureds and it is a definition that endures to this day.

He emphasised that the Freedom Charter, with its statement that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, remains the essence of ANC policy and of the Constitution.

"Non-racism is a lasting virtue and one of the few lasting virtues that unites us as a country. We who have lived through the country's divided past still carry a lot of baggage; this is why we get worried when people say stupid things."

Mkhize added that comments about minorities made by government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi and ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who called whites criminals, are unacceptable. He said these are the statements of individuals and they are not talking on behalf of the ANC.

He said affirmative action is an issue that people misunderstand. It talks about blacks, and blacks are African, Indian and coloured. "Sometimes people argue about the competition for jobs.

The reason is that levels of unemployment are high. The economy does not provide us with adequate jobs. Go to the African communities and you will find the same problem. I have a long list of graduates who are unemployed," Mkhize said.

On concerns over Msunduzi Municipality, the Premier said one of the questions asked was why were only Indian officials suspended. He said this was not true and that there were African, Indian and Coloured officials suspended.

"Sometimes when we are frustrated we look at things and see them in a certain way.

He added that the ANC was definitely not soft on corruption and was determined to expose it. Mkhize said people identify fraud and corruption with government, but added that it was a bigger problem and existed in business and other spheres of society as well and this is why there must be a concerted effort to fight the scourge.

He expressed disappointment in Msunduzi Municipality saying the downfall was the combination of corruption, incompetence and a lack of oversight. Mkhize felt confident that under the present administrator, the situation had turned around and that finally the finances at the municipality were balancing.

On the rubbish not being collected and the streets not being cleaned, the Premier said, "it has been irritating all of us. The Provincial government has stepped in with a programme to bring in more people to clean the streets.

"Mkhize reiterated that the issue of unsuitable candidates on the ANC list was being dealt with. "If a person is not suitable and has not conducted themselves in the proper manner we will take them off even if it means there is a by-election," He said.Finally he stressed that communities needed to get involved to keep councillors humble and accountable. You need to demand report back meetings every quarter, Mkhize said.

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