African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza has boasted that the ruling party is the only party espousing non-racialism in the country. He said this during the party’s march in the streets of Pretoria CBD.
Nzuza made this known while he was addressing thousands of ANC supporters who filed out for the party’s anti-racism march on Friday. The Union Buildings in Pretoria saw countless supporters who declared that racism ‘must fall’ in South Africa. Party supporters also called for a non-racial, united and democratic South Africa.
Fences were erected outside the Union Buildings where the ANC supporters marched peacefully while singing and chanting. Supporters were seen in ANC party yellow and green T-shirts. While speaking at the rally, the party youth leader pounced on the Democratic Alliance party. He bluntly warned them to desist from making the party [DA] a tabernacle for racists.
“There must be repercussions, action taken against racists. The DA must stop harbouring racists in its organisation. All these people who are racists are coming from the Democratic Alliance. They do not care about this country.”
“There is no space for racists in South Africa. Those that believe that South Africa must blossom should forget it. They should rather leave this country and go to wherever they can stay,” Nzuza said.
Lending his words, ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte said South Africa’s freedom did not come on a platter of gold. Hence, ANC and its members will not fold their arms while racists destroy the country.
“Racism and related intolerance weaken our fragile social fabric and undermines social cohesion.”
As the march progressed, Minister of sports Fikile Mbalula, was seen chanting and shouting from the back of an ANC-customized bakkie, “forward ANC, forward”.
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who also gingered the supporters chanted “Down with racism, down with racist journalists.”
Also, party leaders from different provinces took time to address the mammoth crowd. They called on them to play their expected roles in uplifting a true and liberated South Africa.
Speaking, a member of the ruling party, Bongani Masuku asserted:
“Today we are marching for unity and non-racism. We want the people of South Africa to stand together against racism, especially [with] what is happening at our universities.”
Some party members and supporters posited that the height at which racism is hovering around in the country pleads for urgent attention. Especially, racial comments posted on social media [they were making reference to Penny Sparrow racial post on Facebook and comments made by Chris Hart and Gareth Cliff on their twitter accounts].