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Mbete attacks DA over rampant racism within the party

Baleka Mbete used part of her speech, to attack the Democratic Alliance and its leader Mmusi Maimane.

Baleka Mbete addresses a gathering of ANC supporters at the 104 birthday rally in Grabouw. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson, Baleka Mbete says the Democratic Alliance (DA) has to purge itself of racists.

She was speaking during a rally in Grabouw in the Western Cape yesterday.

It comes a week after the party's youth league recently led an anti-racism march to the DA's offices in Cape Town.

Mbete used part of her speech, to attack the DA and its leader Mmusi Maimane.

She said the party has a "deeply steeped culture of racism" and Maimane she claims is being used to drive a white agenda.

"The members of the DA are the ones who have illustrated who's racist and we're not saying none of our people are racist but it is in the DA that a lot of cleaning up must happen."

Mbete said it's the ANC's duty to lead the discourse on race.

WATCH: Mbete: We know who the racists are:

The ANC is on the back foot in the Western Cape, the only province it doesn't lead. It's hoping to gain ground in the upcoming local government elections.

The celebrations were held just days after Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman was instructed to step aside while the party's integrity commission probes allegations that he sexually assaulted his personal assistant.

At the same time, Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs faces suspension over an assault charge.

Mbete said the latest allegations have not hampered the functions and programmes of branches.

"At a provincial executive committee level indeed the media has been reporting quite widely about some of the challenges and that's why national leadership is coming down to get a direct sense of what are the issues."

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