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Zuma meets Afrikaners

2010-03-12 19:03

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Friday again emphasised the need for all South Africans to be part of the process of building a united and prosperous nation.

This follows a private dinner Zuma had on Thursday evening with members of the Afrikaner community at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, his official residence in Pretoria.

"The meeting, organised at the request of several members of the community, was intended to further improve dialogue with this important constituency," Zuma said in a statement.

Discussions centred on cultural, social and political issues. It provided an opportunity for a frank and open exchange of views about challenges facing the country, he said.

Zuma emphasised the need for all South Africans to be part of the process of building a united and prosperous nation.

Concerns raised

Concerns were raised by some participants about comments reportedly made by ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Zuma assured them of the unwavering commitment of the ANC and government to non-racialism and the promotion of the cultural rights and practices of all South Africans.

He said they remained committed to combating all forms of racism, sexism and intolerance.

However, it was important to address such concerns through direct dialogue and to better understand each others' views.

Zuma said he would continue to meet with different sections of South African society, both formally and informally, to encourage such dialogue and promote greater understanding.