KZN ANC bemoans loss of minority vote

2012-03-29 20:24

Durban - Irresponsible statements by some ANC leaders cost votes from minority groups, the party's KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Thursday.

Some leaders had deepened racial divides by suggesting that whites were not part of the revolution, he told reporters in Durban.

"So, some derogatory remarks that come from our own are costly to us."

Zikalala said the way the media portrayed the African National Congress and the fear instilled by right-wing bodies played a part in the party’s failure to attract votes from the province’s minority communities.

"Many people within the white community still have that tendency of white superiority - that if things are done by whites it will be better and if it is African it is bad."

Not given credit

He said many whites had failed to realise that the ANC was delivering on its promises. It was "unfortunate" that the party was not given credit when it did well and delivered services.

In last year’s election, the party viewed its loss of minority votes as a blow, Zikalala said. The party’s support had grown in the province, but not among the minority groups.

He said the ANC had historically attracted the support of white academics and professionals, but not the white working class.

The party had 440 000 members in the province, or about 35% of total membership in the country.

Turning to the party’s planned month-long centenary celebrations in KwaZulu-Natal, he said the cost would be borne by the ANC and not by the government.

The month-long centenary activities would include rallies, carnivals, lectures and the unveiling of tombstones.

Zikalala would not say how much the celebrations would cost.

"Many parties in the world when they celebrate 100 years, that celebration is dedicated, and it becomes the heritage of that country and the government, in most cases, funds those celebrations."

  • Thabang - 2012-03-29 20:32

    That should serve as a great lessons for future references. Leaders must know what and when do say things, they must know that they are not really uttering their views but that of the organization

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-30 09:17

      How about sincerity? It isn't just about tactics and politics to attract voters, you have to genuinely want to help all humans of this country. The majority will always vote for the home team because they fear the possibility of another NP(equivalent) run government. The minority will always vote for the others, because they know that the ANC aren't about honor, truth or compassion.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-29 20:45

    "Many parties in the world when they celebrate 100 years, that celebration is dedicated, and it becomes the heritage of that country and the government, in most cases, funds those celebrations." huh? Please tell me I misread that statement! Hallooooo, mr politician - WE CAN'T AFFORD YOU!!!!!!!

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-29 21:33

      Right on Sharon. I would like him to tell us where this has happened, outside of his own head.

      Glyn - 2012-04-12 13:30

      Name one country that did that!! Apart from North Korea!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-29 20:47

    If they want white support get rid of BEE. Why do you think all the white educated people like doctors and teachers are going over seas

      Malusi - 2012-03-29 22:25

      Answer is very obvious here, only idiot people who doesn't know, like the one that posted this question. They moved out because nothing like home

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-30 08:54

      malusi you didn't answer the question, please try again

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-30 10:43

      Malusi you are a racist chop - the garbage that comes out of your mouth is simply astonishing. No wonder that education is so bad in this country - as a facilitator at UNISA should know a bit better. And just a thought - surprising that us "whities" who complain about the continued waste and abuse of the ruling party mainly do this for the good of the country and including majority population - odd isn't it?

      Warren - 2012-03-30 15:22

      Malusi: South Africa is home- and has been home- to "whites" who have lived in no other country but RSA for generations. If that doesn't make it home for them, what does

      debbie.van.niekerk - 2012-04-20 11:34

      The reason they are all leaving Cassandra is due to people like Malusi, he really believes in the thieving and pilfering going on... Home is where the heart is Malusi and my home is in Cape Town.. born and bred and you know I love it.. worked for it...

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-10 19:13

      Shame, I feel sorry for malusi.ntombela.5. somebody must have writtern that comment for him. I think he's still in that stage where he barks, grunts, jumps up and down and can only make gestures. When danger comes he'll probably climb the nearest tree. Dont think he does this on purpose. Evolution passed him by and perhaps he was born 20,000 years too late. Shame! I'd like to have you as a pet with a chain on a pole

  • Quentin - 2012-03-29 20:48

    Imagine how hysterical the regime will be when they lose the country. It will only happen if the media can report freely.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-29 20:48

    1. When things that are done good by africans there normally tends to be some scandle behind 1t. 2. If the ANC is delvering on its promises why are there sitll protests in areas that have not had any delivers for 18 years? 3. I dont think other parties in the world blow R400 million on a party for the frat fraternity.

      Warren - 2012-03-30 15:29

      Anyone born and raised in a nation can claim to be of that land, and so "whites" can claim being African if they are born and raised in any of the 50 odd countries in Africa. Your first point insinuate you disagree with this statement. I suspect I may have to write this statement again on this forum.

  • Brett - 2012-03-29 21:04

    So they are going to spend a month celebrating all of their failures. Normal people only celebrate success.

      Mark - 2012-03-29 22:19

      Malusi. You mean Uncle Bob, don't you?

      Johan - 2012-03-30 08:33

      @Bones, he said he studied Electrical Engineering, he never said he passed it, that is why he became a taxi driver. Dumb people can only do certain types of jobs, and electrical engineering is not one of it.

  • Robi - 2012-03-29 21:05

    It seems as the ANC is becoming more racist. If whites vote for the ANC they are no longer called Minority when elections won. They are part of majority. Singling them out clearly shows how bent the ANC in creating divided vote in term of ethnicity overall creating the divided society more than apartheid government.

  • Alfred - 2012-03-29 21:11

    Your kindergarten president called us all "criminals" and you only charged him with dividing the ANC when he barged into an ANC meeting and made remarks about another country. We know exactly where we stand with you. Sincerely, go f*&k yourselves.

  • Jan - 2012-03-29 21:15

    "Zikalala said the way the media portrayed the African National Congress and the fear instilled by right-wing bodies played a part in the party’s failure to attract votes from the province’s minority communities." Hmmm, I think you know yourself that that is more to blame on your parties own mess created.

      Ndabenhle - 2012-04-10 15:58

      Very True Jan, de day cadre deployments are accompanied qualifications, den perhaps we will see prosperious cities.

  • Jo - 2012-03-29 21:21

    Don't worry, ANC. You'll still have Mike Sutcliffe's vote.

      Christopher - 2012-03-29 23:12 should have expected the loss you thieves...and the biggest Chop of all... is the late (I wish) Mike Sutcliffe!!! He is the most hated mutha fooka in our province of Natal...Dip sh*t!! and he really thinks he did so well....anal idiot!

  • Nazeer - 2012-03-29 21:25

    I just hope that one day we don't have to tell future generations what a great country this once WAS...

      Koos - 2012-03-30 01:01

      @Malusi: Yes my friend. Nice were the days when there were non-white bus shelters and toilets. Now there are no bus shelters nor toilets. You're one of the sheeple that vote for the acnESTORS because of the yellow T-shirt, empty promises, grant and chicken you get come election time? Enjoy it while it last. Little secret, it is not sustainable.

  • Michele - 2012-03-29 21:35

    What about your policies ? What about the corruption, what about the shocking state of everything this govt touches, whether it's eduaction, health care , water affairs foreign affairs. The only positive I can think of offhand has been consumer protection legislation. The rest is nothing to be proud of. Here's a novel thought. Why not do what you are supposed to do, govern the country to the best of your abillity HONESTLY and maybe, just maybe you will get other groups and some of your lost ethnic votes back.

      Gordon - 2012-04-20 18:07

      u forgot home affairs....

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