Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
25 Nov 2019
6:45 am

Analysts: ANC has become a racist, tribal mess, and Zuma is to blame

Eric Naki

Professor of political studies at Unisa says the ANC has long shifted from accommodating minorities – not only the so-called coloureds, but also whites and Indians.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi / African News Agency (ANA)

Leading political commentators side with ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, saying the ANC has abandoned coloured people in favour of black Africans – and they blame it on Jacob Zuma. Political analyst Dirk Kotze, professor of political studies at Unisa, said the ANC had long shifted from accommodating minorities – not only the so-called coloureds, but also whites and Indians. Coloureds actively participated in the struggle, particularly in the Western Cape, he said, pointing to Allan Boesak, who mobilised coloured people under the United Democratic Front (UDF), an internal formation of the then banned ANC. Duarte, who delivered the Albertina...