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Post-apartheid effects still exist

ANC's Gwede Mantashe says apartheid can still be blamed for poor government services.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has thrown his weight behind President Jacob Zuma over the debate with Planning Minister Trevor Manuel around whether apartheid can still be blamed for poor government services.

Last week Manuel said it was time to stop blaming apartheid for the country's problems and take responsibility for solving them.

Mantashe said he asks a historical question, when this debate comes up.

"When did the holocaust happen? And I ask the question: Why is it as fresh as if it happened last year? Because it was such a major injustice against a particular community."

He said economic apartheid still affects the life chances of young black people even though they were born after 1990.

"If you are a young white graduate you are likely to have an uncle in the furniture business. If you are a young African graduate you'll battle at the labour market.

Trevor Manuel does appear to be in a minority with this view within the ANC at this stage.

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