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The African National Congress (ANC) is condemning the actions of Sizophila Mkhize, a member of the ANC National Youth Task Team (NYTT).
National spokesperson for the ANC, Pule Mabe, says the ANC has noted a video recording in which Mkhize makes derogatory and racist remarks directed at people of Indian descent in KwaZulu-Natal. In a statement, Mabe says, “Not only are her utterances unacceptable, they also bring our movement into disrepute and necessary disciplinary processes will be undertaken.”
According to the political party’s spokesperson, the ANC expects members of the NYTT, charged with the responsibility of rebuilding the ANCYL, to adhere to the movement’s values, principles and non-racial character of the movement, both in their actions and articulations.
He elaborates further by stating, “The current situation in KwaZulu-Natal demands decisive and responsible leadership. We all have a responsibility to heal the deep-seated wounds of our ugly past.”
Moreover, Mabe says the ANC urges its members to resist attempts to divide people through ethnicity, race, and national origin. “We must oppose all attempts to provoke racial hostilities and divide Indians and Africans.”
Furthermore, “The ANC appreciates the cooperation displayed by religious and civic formations in exposing those involved in horrendous acts witnessed in Phoenix and other parts of the country. However, the ANC is urging law enforcement to ensure the murders that occurred in Phoenix are urgently investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted. The rebuilding of our country and our economy is going to require that we all work together as one.”
Despite the ANC condemning Sizophila Mkhize’s remarks, she took to social media, posting “ngeke siyeke ukulwa,” which translates to We will not stop fighting.
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