Jessie Duarte. Picture: Antoine de Ras.

Johannesburg - One of the best way to achieve non-racialism is to unite people around programmes that address the problems in their communities, ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said on Tuesday.

“Uniting people around programmes and actions addressing problems where they live is the solution (in addressing issues of race),” she told a discussion of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in Johannesburg.

Duarte said the African National Congress was committed to a non-racial society but creating this society was still a challenge.

“People like the idea of non-racialism but find it hard to live it,” she said.

She was making her comments after the foundation presented its report titled: * The ANC: Still a home for all? Non-racialism and the African National Congress.*

The report was based on a research conducted by the foundation on four branches of the ANC around non-racialism in the party. These branches were in Protea South, Eldorado Park, Lenasia and Sandton.

Duarte said the nation needed practical solutions to address racial divisions in society. - Sapa