ANC ambitions

2008-06-13 00:00

At face value, the ANC’s drive to garner more support from minority communities sounds promising. The party has become too sharply defined in ethnic terms and this encourages narrow nationalism. But its chances of attracting a broader base of voters are largely limited to working-class areas.

Does the ambition to attract a greater proportion of the popular vote have anything to do with a recently-reported statement by ANC president, Jacob Zuma, that he saw his party staying in power indefinitely? This supports the dangerous view that the only legitimate political debate takes place under his party’s umbrella; and that anything else is irrelevant or unpatriotic.

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