Mantashe: W.Cape govt divides black & coloured people

The ANC secretary general was speaking at a rally in Vredenburg yesterday.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led Western Cape government has deliberately divided coloured and black people.

Mantashe was drumming up support at a rally in Vredenburg on Thursday ahead of the party's 103rd birthday celebrations this weekend.

He encouraged residents to back the ANC as it tries to take control of the Cape from its political arch rival.

The hall was packed to capacity with supporters sporting the party's yellow, green and black.

Mantashe told the crowd coloured and black people need to unite, and to end any disagreements between the two communities.

"We want to encourage coloured people in these areas to never, never to relegate themselves into a minority. You are not a minority, you are part of the majority."

Mantashe said he was hopeful the ANC would win the Western Cape municipality in next year's local government elections.

On Thursday, Western Cape ANC Chairperson Marius Fransman said there were attempts by the City of Cape Town to derail Saturday's birthday bash.

He accused the DA-led metro of imposing "draconian" conditions on the use of the stadium including a requirement that people be issued tickets to enter the venue.

Fransman called on supporters to go to the stadium as the tickets will be issued outside the venue.

The ANC says it's expecting more than 60,000 people to attend the bash.