ACDP challenges govt on ‘African’ racial classification

The African Christian Democratic Party today challenged government on using “African” as a racial classification in the National Planning Commission (NPC) report.

“Anybody who was born in Africa is an African,” ACDP president Kenneth Meshoe said in a statement.

“While the racial classification and profiling in the document is helpful in assessing the challenges and gains made by different race groups, I can foresee that the definition of the word ‘African’ is going to raise further challenges.”

The NPC report identified the challenges South Africa needed to overcome as a nation, he said.

The mandate given by President Jacob Zuma to the commission included “to help define the South Africa we seek to achieve in 20 years time”.

“We have to build a national consensus on ‘who is an African’ before we can succeed to be a ‘people united in diversity’,” Meshoe said.

“If white people born in Africa are not Africans, then who are they? What about coloureds? Are they Africans or not?”

He said the ACDP believed that an African was anybody born in Africa, be they black, white, coloured or Indian.

The commission should do more research on the question of “who is an African” to encourage all race groups to come on board, Meshoe said.

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