The African National Congress (ANC) says they have noticed a lack of interest from Muslims despite a strong legacy of people from the community participating in party activities. This comes despite a drive to garner a large amount of support from Cape Town’s Muslim community for their 103rd Anniversary celebrations at the weekend.
“Muslims were … very active during the struggle. If you look at the ANC’s history, Yusuf Dadoo, Ahmat Kathrada and Dullah Omar all feature prominently as part of the ANC struggle. But we have realized, of late, that the Muslim community is slipping out of our hands,” said Faizal Moosa, deputy chairperson of the ANC in the Dullah Omar District.
Moosa said there is no way of actively identifying the amount of Muslims who attended Saturday’s celebratory rally. But he believes even if there was a small amount of people from the community there, the ANC will likely, in time, win them over again.
“I believe that there were Muslims there, after all how to identify and count Muslims that were present is an issue. But I do believe we will be able to, again, garner their support.”
“We are planning on working with a range of Muslim organizations to ensure that we bring them back home,” Moosa said, but did not specify which organizations the party would be collaborating with. VOC (Andriques Che Petersen)