ANC meets Afrikaans bodies

By Drum Digital
08 May 2012

The ANC has an obligation to understand the concerns of Afrikaans bodies in the country, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"Whether they vote for us or not, we have an obligation to understand where they are coming from, and their concerns," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

He was speaking after a meeting between the African National Congress and a group of 19 Afrikaner organisations.

Mantashe said they had voiced some concerns, and wanted to make a contribution to South Africa.

"People want to make a contribution in making South Africa work and making South Africa a better country to live in."

The Afrikaans language also featured in the discussions.

"What came out was that there is no intention of elevating Afrikaans at the expense of other languages," Mantashe said.

The ANC delegation included Mantashe, ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Enoch Godongwana.

More meetings of this nature would be held, Mantashe said.

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