2015-09-07 07:47

The ANC has failed to recruit whites into the Organisation. This was evident from the recent ANC Youth League congress,  as non of the leaders are white. Even the delegates were mostly blacks. What's does this says about the ANC ?

Does it position it's self as a black only organisation or white people are not interested to join the ANC? If the former is true, does that conclude the argument that the ANC is a tribalist Organisation or even racist ?

All the ANC structures are dominated by blacks - starting from Luthuli House the NEC is made of blacks only. In addition to that the women's league is black dominated. Gwede Mantashe, the ANC General Secretary, just made a controversial statement by saying that "coloureds are marginalizing themselves by not classifying themselves as blacks". Is that supposed to mean in order to be elected in the ANC you must be black ?

Never in the history of the ANC (pre and post 1994) have they had a colored, Indian or a white president. The Democratic Alliance broke the stigma of being classified as a white only organisation when Mmusi Maimane was elected as the leader of the DA congress.

Do white people lack the charisma do be voted as leaders in the ANC or are they marginalizing themselves by joining the ANC? It remains to be seen whether white people have a political home in the ANC. Another question that must be asked before blaming the ANC of tribalism or racism is whether white people are political active? There are three versions of possible answers. One: it might be that they are too preoccupied to participate in South African politics. Secondly is the fact that they are a minority, therefore they are overpowered in branches and as a result they don't get voted. Thirdly, it might be that they want to politic in the DA and remain as opposition, where unfortunately they have been overshadowed by blacks in leadership positions.

Where is white youth and where are they politicking? We have seen some in Afriforum, CorruptionWatch and section 27, where they have taken a strategic position to reposition themselves as a civic organisation. Are they audible enough to influence the political decisions of this country? They are also not active in campus politics and that has been proven by recent election results at South African universities which have been conquered by ANC and EFF aligned student organisations. In fact, they have chosen to watch with binoculars while seated far away and be critics of the current government instead of being political active. Further, during labour dispute protests we don't see them protesting peaceful and active even if they are directly affected.

The minister of housing, Lindiwe Sisulu, announced that whites now qualifies for RDP houses. That alone is the clear indication that the ANC government has interest in the social welfare of white South Africans. Obviously RDP houses are built in townships and that means they are also going to be affected by social ills and hardships which have been endured by township dwellers. They must also play their part. If you take into consideration the fact that there are many whites begging on the street, it shows that they are directly affected by the political economy of this country. Surely they need to do something. Crime will not sort itself out but it needs political solutions. Whining about it alone is not enough.

The time for them to complain about poor public health care, a poor education system and slower service at public institutions is over. Let them come and work at home affairs, teach in public schools especially in townships as well as in rural areas and in our clinics and bring advanced methods to accelerate and improve the service.

We hope that the ANC will relax the affirmative action and other policies to give access to white South Africans to be part of the civil servants.

Coming back to the ANC, it is high time that they must come back with at least a white deputy secretary or treasury in the upcoming national conference and give mayoral positions to deserving white councilors in some municipalities. This will open doors for whites to join the ANC and they will call it their political home. The importance of the white vote has never been so significant in the ANC as it is now in order to replace disgruntled black voters who defected to the EFF and those who are sympathetic to Maimane the Obama of Soweto.

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