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Mantashe: Coloured people shouldn’t be ashamed to be black

Mantashe met with representatives of the coloured communities across the country to discuss national unity.

File: African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says coloured people who do not want be classified as black are relegating themselves to a minority, when they are in fact part of the majority.

Yesterday, Mantashe and several other ANC leaders met with representatives of the coloured communities across the country to discuss national unity.

He says coloured people should not feel ashamed to be black.

Mantashe has warned of a rising trend of coloured people who were traditionally ANC voters, now giving their vote to the opposition parties.

He says this is not because of better policies by the parties but because the ANC is neglecting them.

"If you lose Eldorado Park to the [Democratic Alliance], there is something wrong with us, it's not because there is something good about the DA, We can't lose Eldorado Park to the DA and we complain we can't reach out to those communities."