The ANC Youth League in the Western Cape says it will be mobilising the youth in a march to the Federal Offices of the Democratic Alliance on Friday, as part of their #EndRacism campaign. ANCYL Secretary General, Njabulo Nzuzu told media at a briefing on Wednesday that the group plans to hand over a memorandum to DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane as they claim previous racial slurs by DA member of Parliament, Diane Kohler-Barnard inspired the most recent remarks by Penny Sparrow towards black people in South Africa.
“The ANCYL has observed in great dismay, the emergence of racist tendencies in pockets of our country. We believe that this tendency is not new but it has been in hiding and starting to be bold. It has openly shown itself. The ANC has for more than 104 years, waged a relentless struggle against racism in a quest to establish a non-racist country,” Nzuzo told reporters at the ANC Provincial Office in Cape Town.
The objective of the march calls for the DA to take a harsher sentences against its members whom have made racial remarks towards black South Africans.
“We are calling the DA not to make speeches about racism but to be active in disciplining the said members. Most of the racist remarks we have seen of late have come from members within the DA,” Nzuzo added.
Furthermore, Nzuzo believes racism in South Africa stems from white citizens who still believe black people are incompetent.
Meanwhile, in response to the recent illegal #ZumaMustFall billboard erected on Kloof Street, the ANCYL says it stands by its councillors who removed the billboard at the weekend.
Nzuzo further explained that those behind the #ZumaMustFall banner are white individuals who enjoy certain white privileges in parts of the city while black South Africans still call for decent sanitation in their townships.
“We have attained our political freedom but we have not yet attained our economic freedom. Most of the country’s resources are controlled by the minority in South Africa,” Nzuzo continued. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)