The ANC has condemned “derogatory and racist remarks” made by the party’s National Youth Task Team (NYTT) member, Sizophila Mkhize, about people of Indian descent in KwaZulu Natal.
ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe, on Saturday said Mkhize’s utterance, which were captured on video, were not only unacceptable but “they also bring our movement into disrepute and necessary disciplinary processes will be undertaken.”
Mabe said the ANC expects members of the NYTT, which is charged with the responsibility of rebuilding the ANCYL, to adhere to the values, principles and non-racial character of the movement both in their actions and articulations.
“The current situation in KwaZulu-Natal demands decisive and responsible leadership. We all have a responsibility to heal the deep-seated wounds of our ugly past.
“We urge our members to resist attempts to divide them along ethnicity, race and national origin. We must refuse to look at each other as enemies. We must oppose all attempts to provoke racial hostilities and divide Indians and Africans,” said Mabe.
He said it the ANC urged law enforcement agencies to ensure that the murders that happened in Phoenix are urgently investigated and prosecuted.
“The rebuilding of our country and our economy is going to require that we all work together as one,” Mabe said.
He said all South Africans have a duty to confront racism wherever it may rear its ugly head.
“In the long-term, improving the material conditions of all the people of South Africa will lead to a truly equal, united and non-racial nation.
"The ANC calls on all its structures to continue mobilising all progressive forces to oppose all forms of racism and build unity among the people,” said Mabe.