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ANC: Racists must know they have no place in society

The ANC’s top brass yesterday marched to the Union Buildings, against racism & other forms discrimination.

Thousands join ANC's anti-racism march in Pretoria on 19 February 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) says it will do everything it can to defend the country's hard-earned democracy and has called on citizens to play a part in the country's transformation.

Thousands of supporters, led by the ANC’s top brass, marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday, against racism and all other forms discrimination.

The party’s Jessie Duarte says the ongoing systematic racism in the country is evidence that the struggle continues for a truly liberated South Africa.

“President Oliver Tambo described racism as one of the great evils of our time.”

Duarte says racists must know they don’t have a place in society.

“South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.”

She says South Africa will not be prosperous or free until all citizens enjoy equal rights and opportunities.

Meanwhile, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the ruling party has given opposition parties too many rights and leaders are now disrespecting Parliament.

Mantashe was speaking at the Union Buildings after the ruling party's march.

He was referring to this week's State of the Nation Address debate in the National Assembly, when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has never supported the appointment of President Jacob Zuma.

“We’ve given so much rise to anarchists; they’re making our Parliament a joke.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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