ANC wants to increase white membership

2010-09-21 13:14

The ANC wants to increase its white membership to become truly non-racial, party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

“We would love 50% of white South Africans to vote for the ANC to fulfil our dream of becoming a truly non-racial party,” he told ANC delegates at the party’s national general council (NGC) in Durban today.

The ANC had been engaging more aggressively with white communities, and found it easier to communicate with them through structures such as the Afrikanerbond, he said.

Mantashe said the party needed to develop a more home-grown approach to win the support of coloured and Indian communities.

They had recently won a ward in Agulhas in the Western Cape by recruiting a fisherman to be the voice of the party in the region.

“We got a fisherman to be a candidate and every time I went to a meeting with him he was mumbling something,” said Mantashe.

“I couldn’t understand him, but the fishermen in the area understood him perfectly. The point is we have to have people in those communities who can speak to those communities.”

He said the party would push hard to win back support in Western Cape, which is dominated by the Democratic Alliance.

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