Visvin Reddy

Johannesburg - The ANC distanced itself on Thursday from statements made by the chairman of its Chatsworth, Durban, branch, Visvin Reddy.

“We view (comrade) Reddy's utterances as totally uncalled for and not reflecting the principles of democracy,” the party's KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala said in a statement.

According to The Daily News, Reddy posted on social media site Facebook that Indians who complain about the ANC government should go back to India.

“Go to India and you will see what a good life we have here. Continue with your garbage and marginalise yourself further. Don't blame the ANC, blame yourself. You have not yet embraced democracy. Only a foolish Indian in SA will not engage the majority constructively,” Reddy wrote on his page.

“To you anti-ANC commentators… wait until May 8.”

The country holds elections on May 7.

Zikalala said the party needed the support of Indians and would never disrespect Indians.

“The ANC has an unstoppable momentum in the Indian community and this has been evidenced by scores of people who attended our inter-cultural festivals.”

The newspaper said Reddy stood by his comments.

“The ANC will still rule this country. You whiners should leave,” he continued.

He told the newspaper the views he expressed were not the ANC's.

Reddy said his remarks were meant to discourage malicious criticism of the government, which could lead to strained relations between black and Indian South Africans. - Sapa