Mantashe: WC not free since 1994

The ANC Secretary General says the Western Cape hasn’t tasted true freedom since 1994.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at Luthuli House. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Friday said the Western Cape hasn't tasted true freedom since 1994.

He was speaking at a lunch in the Cape Town city centre with ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman, Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom and former premier Peter Marais.

"The Western Cape has never tasted a free South Africa since '94 and that, to me, is the biggest challenge we must confront," Mantashe told the audience.

The province is currently run by a Democratic Alliance-led government.

The newly-formed Nationalist Coloured Party was also in attendance at the lunch, which was slightly delayed as Mantashe was campaigning in Langa.

He told delegates coloured people must play their role and earn their responsibility amongst everyone.

"One of the things that irritate me is when coloured people regard themselves as a minority."

Hanekom was cautiously optimistic when he spoke.

"We can turn things around in the Western Cape. Am I proud of being an ANC member? The answer is yes. Am I proud of everything the ANC is doing today? The answer is no. We must fix some of these things that are not right."

Mantashe echoed Hanekom's views, but said while the party had made mistakes, it had owned up to them.