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ANC unity march underway in Pretoria

The ruling party is marching for unity, non-racialism & democracy in South Africa.

ANC top brass led the march for unity, non-racialism & democracy through the streets of Pretoria on 19 February 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Top leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) are leading thousands of supporters through the streets of Pretoria in a march for unity, non-racialism & democracy.

The ruling party will deliver a memorandum at the Union Buildings aimed at mobilising South Africans against all forms of discrimination.

ANC leadership has also been joined by a number of church leaders.

Supporters and members are singing and chanting, many are holding placards calling for unity and for citizens to stand up against racism.

The party says it's been disturbed by recent incidents of racism that have gripped the country, which they say have at times been disguised as freedom of speech.

A supporter, who came all the way from Limpopo, said, "We are going to march from here to the Union Buildings for unity and democracy in South Africa."

Another marcher says racism is still very much alive in South Africa.

"I am one of the only white people here that is not here to work. So the reality is that there's not much change that has happened."

ANC leaders, including Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe and his deputy, Jessie Duarte, held big yellow posters calling for a united, democratic and non-racial country.

ANC supporters say their march to the Union Buildings is to remind the ruling party of its mandate to create a non-racial society and economic freedom for all.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has agreed with the supporters, admitting that the ANC still has a lot to do.

Picture by Christa Eybers/EWN.