Western Cape ANC wants to win back 'coloured vote'

2015-06-27 22:55

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Cape Town - Winning over the coloured working class within the city remains the ruling party’s greatest challenge, outgoing ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman said on Saturday.

During his political report on day one of the party’s provincial conference, Fransman said the tactical errors of the party’s previous leadership between 2005 and 2009 – including “the assumption that the coloured vote was not relevant nor needed in order to win the Western Cape" – led to a drop in support in 2009.

“The past four years and 2014 elections have also indicated that whilst we have begun the work of sectoral mobilisation and organisation in some of the historically Metro coloured working class areas, we have only laid the foundations,” he said.

“The incoming leadership must therefore ensure that this work is deepened. It is this constituency that is the least trustful of the ANC and the ones most affected by the psychological scars of centuries of colonialism and apartheid social engineering.”

Even at the best of times, the ANC never quite received the majority of these communities’ support, even though at the time the party made inroads into pockets such as Macassar, Bellville South and Atlantis, which today are no longer ANC strongholds, Fransman continued.

‘Haven’t addressed fears’

“We have not sufficiently addressed the fears and effectively mobilised the coloured Metro middle class, which together with the rural coloured population were historically our supporters of the ANC.

“Going forward we will need a consistent, nuanced and multi-pronged strategy to win back this support which has been historically fluid as we have done in the rural areas.”

This is not unique to the province, Fransman said, as the national trends indicate the party has seen a drastic decline in support in the historically middle class coloured and Indian areas “from Rylands to Fordsburg and beyond” where it previously had pockets of strong support.

“These areas were at some point regarded as ANC strongholds. These trends indicate that the opposition has been successful in its racial mobilisation instilling fear into these communities as so called minorities.

A ‘caring’ ANC

“We therefore need a clear and nuanced proactive push back political campaign both nationally and provincially with the right message and narrative that the ANC is caring and sensitive to all people in general and blacks which includes coloureds, Indians and Africans or we risk losing these communities completely.”

The voting process to elect the Western Cape’s new provincial executive committee is reportedly expected to take place later tonight at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's Bellville campus.

This after the conference got off to a late start as proceedings, scheduled to start at 09:00, only kicked off at about 16:00 owing to the accreditation process apparently taking longer than expected.

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