Political party policies

2008-09-04 00:00

In recent weeks there has been a good deal of discussion about whether the African National Congress (ANC) has lost interest in the members of the Indian community who support it or who used to support it. Some readers may feel that this is a matter of internal ANC policies and therefore not really a topic for general discussion; but I’d disagree with them. The ANC is the party in power, and it seems likely to remain so for some time. The ways in which it treats the members of South Africa’s varied communities is or should be a matter of concern to everyone.

Clearly the ANC wanted to make it clear that it was seriously committed to non-racialism. But has it maintained this fine and generous balance, or have Africanist tendencies within it had the effect of quietly elbowing the representatives of minority communities towards the edge of things? Clearly the Indians who have been complaining feel this to be so — and they include Fatima Meer, one of the very notable stalwarts of the struggle.

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