ANC has made mistakes - Mantashe

2013-11-08 21:04
Gwede Mantashe (Picture: Sapa)

Gwede Mantashe (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - The ANC has made mistakes, but the country is still in a better state because of its rule, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said in Cape Town on Friday.

"I can tell you there's a very simple reason that people should vote for the ANC, and that reason is also a reason for not voting for the ANC, is that from 1994 until now, this country's different.

"We've changed it for the better, I can say that with confidence and that is one thing which makes me proud."

He said the ANC had committed mistakes in the process but was owning up to them instead of running away.

He conceded that the confusion on HIV/ Aids policies in the past had been one of the biggest mistakes.

Mantashe was speaking at an ANC lunch after a two-day visit to the Cape Flats.

Taking part in the discussion were Cape Minstrel organisations, the Bruin Bemagtigings Beweging (BBB) (Brown Empowerment Movement), and other interest groups.

The Cape minstrel organisations said they had recently moved their support from the DA to the ANC.

Other individuals indicated they were at the meeting to see whether they could be convinced to change their vote to the ANC.

Coloured voters

There seemed to be consensus that coloured voters had been neglected.

Sitting to his right was BBB vice-president Peter Marais, a former Cape Town mayor and Western Cape premier.

Marais said the only group that could change the position of coloured people was those in power.

He sang Mantashe's praises for hearing his concerns on employment equity at a previous meeting and for these being reflecting in the recently passed Employment Equity Amendment Bill.

"The ANC kept their word and I want to say to them, thank you."

In May, the Cape Times reported that Marais posted a comment on his Facebook page saying that people who voted for the ANC were stupid.

"Any coloured person or white person who still supports and votes ANC is like an abused woman, who thinks that if she marries the man who abuses her, that he will stop doing so. But of course there are such stupid women," the newspaper quoted him as saying in the post.

He later told the newspaper that the party was abusing its power and discriminating against certain groups.

Mantashe said the ANC was an organisation open to all, with a clear focus on service delivery.

"It's our business to say: Please, we are coming, we are coming, we are coming. We are going to build those houses."

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