‘All must share in wealth’

2016-02-10 06:00
A BIG crowd of ANC supporters attended the 104th birthday celebrations of the Free State ANC in Mangaung in Bloemfontein.

A BIG crowd of ANC supporters attended the 104th birthday celebrations of the Free State ANC in Mangaung in Bloemfontein.

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THE ANC secretary, Gwede Mantashe, emphasised the need to speed up land redistribution amid increasing pressure from opposition parties.

Mantashe urged municipalities to conduct a land audit to establish how many black farmers had secured land and measure how far land redistribution was in the province.

“We need to accelerate land distribution because black South Africans cannot wait, they are becoming impatient,” Mantashe said on Saturday (06/02).

Mantashe was addressing masses at the Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein during the province’s 104th birthday of 8 January.

Hundreds of ANC supporters bussed from across the Free State, marched from Hoffman Square in the city’s business central to the newly-renamed Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium.

Supporters marched against racism and in support of Pres. Jacob Zuma as part of the provincial rally marking the party’s 104th anniversary.

Mantashe said land redistribution, local elections and economic empowerment were some of the core issues being tackled by the party.

Addressing the upcoming local elections, Mantashe told supporters not to marginalise members with different views and asked municipalities to provide efficient service delivery and help restore people’s faith in the organisation.

Mantashe encouraged wealth development so that more black South Africans could share in the wealth of the country.

“The biggest mistake we can make is to think that dispossessing any white South African will solve black poverty, you can’t take wealth from 8% and solve a problem of 80%,” said Mantshe on economic empowerment.

“When you see a rich black person the first suspicion is that the person has stolen the money, meaning no black person has to be rich,” he added.

Mantashe said the Gupta links to prominent politicians in the country was an exaggeration.

“If people have relations with the Guptas it’s their business, I don’t have a relationship with them, I have no problem with people who have a relation with them,” he said.

Mantashe argued that the Guptas were a family business which had relations with different individuals.

The ANC held massive celebrations in Rustenburg early last month to celebrate the party’s 104 years in existence.

The biggest mistake we can make is to think that dispossessing any white South African will solve black poverty, you can’t take wealth from 8% and solve a problem of 80%. – Gwede Mantashe

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