Minority support for ANC, dwindles

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Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has again expressed concern about its waning support among coloured, Indian and white voters, saying it will embark on programmes to ensure this trend changes.

This was one of many issues discussed at the party’s provincial lekgotla at the weekend, with delegates agreeing that winning support from these groups was “fundamentally important”.

The ANC then called on the government to ensure that service delivery in the predominantly white, Indian and coloured areas was also a priority.

“We want to ensure that we reach out to all communities through the government or the ANC programmes because we strongly believe that challenges cut across all communities,” the party said in a statement.

The ANC said it acknowledged that many leaders from minority groups had played a huge role in the Struggle.

It now aimed to woo more coloured, Indian and white people into its ranks by holding meetings in their communities to ensure they participated in ANC processes.

The ANC said it would ensure that its structures were also at the forefront in fighting such social ills as drug abuse.

Meanwhile, the party said it believed that the road to the Mangaung conference would be a smooth one for the KwaZulu-Natal ANC.

Like all the other provinces of the ANC, KwaZulu-Natal has yet to carry out an audit of the branches and nominate delegates and candidates for top ANC positions.

While other provinces were reported to be encountering problems because of divisions before the conference, the party in KwaZulu-Natal said that it remained united.

It said it was confident that the crucial conference would “contribute in taking South Africa to a highest level”. - Daily News


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