ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu speaks to the media at Luthuli House. (News24)
Cape Town - A Knysna-based ANC supporter has claimed that the party is dumping coloured people and only cares when cameras are around, particularly in the Western Cape.
In a letter addressed to President Jacob Zuma, Ralph Stander claimed that the party only cared about a select few and did not help or intervene in issues that concerned coloured people.
He sent a copy of the letter addressed to Zuma to his media contacts, after saying the letter had been leaked.
He cited the rape of a 9-year-old girl, a bus accident in Rheenendal where 15 children died, and long-running gang problems as examples of issues that do not get attention from the party.
"I'm contemplating the distressing view that the ANC doesn't care for coloureds. Coloureds seem to be nothing of value inside or outside the ANC," he claimed.
Stander said that the number of coloured ANC leaders was declining and they were not well placed on candidate nomination lists for the August 3 elections.
"There are almost no coloureds high up on councillor lists in the southern Cape, metro or Western Cape as a whole, in spite of coloured people being the majority demographic in the Western Cape (48.8%)," he said.
Comment was not immediately available from the national office of the ANC, with spokesperson Zizi Kodwa only saying that he was not yet aware of the letter.
Western Cape ANC regional executive committee spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said the party did have coloured candidates, and anybody could see this on its candidate nomination lists.
"We are a non-racial organisation," he said. "Maybe it is because he not part of the list," he added.
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