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FIRST ON EWN: Hanekom says political parties should campaign on strength of their policies not race card

Derek Hanekom has condemned the use of racial insults by political parties during elections campaign.

Derek Hanekom, Tourism Minister. Picture:  Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Tourism Minister and senior African National Congress (ANC) official Derek Hanekom is calling on political parties to campaign on the strength of their policies, rather than trading racial insults.

Speaking to Eyewitness News Derek Hanekom has condemned the use of racial insults by political parties during their election campaigning.

ANC NEC member Derek Hanekom said that it is unfortunate that people within his own party are so quick to call opposition party members racist.

"I think it is very unfortunate, I will speak about my own party, when we label people who don't necessarily come from the ANC, when we too readily label a person as a racist."

Hanekom says certain policies and behaviour in other parties, that border on racism, provoke this kind of comment but that it should not be accepted.

"Political parties that then become governing parties of a province or a city and then tend to favour whites above blacks and that is perceived and causes resentment. I don't think the right response is to say: 'You, premier, in this case, you're a racist.'"

Hanekom says that parties should rather focus on winning public support because of doing the right thing and sound policies.