White and Indians will not be allowed in the controversial pro-Zuma political party‚ Mazibuye African Congress.
The leadership of the party – which was launched last week after consultations with former president Jacob Zuma – says they are not racist.
The pro Jacob Zuma party are set to contest the 2019 elections in South Africa with focus on land redistribution and support radical economic transformation, holding Zuma as their inspiration.
#Mazibuye The SG of the newly formed political party Mazibuye African Congress, Romeo Matjila says their party’s membership is not open to Whites and Indians. It’s only for African natives. Mazibuye African Congress denies that it’s racist.#eNCA pic.twitter.com/xyIz6d5KBZ
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This was revealed during Mazibuye’s first media briefing‚ held at the Diakonia Centre in Durban on Thursday. The briefing was to introduce its leadership and to affirm its support for Zuma‚ who will appearing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday on graft charges.
The party says it welcomes financial contributions from whites and Indians, but will not open its membership to them.
Mazibuye president Reggie Ngcobo‚ a former ANC member turned EFF activist‚ was unequivocal about his party’s exclusion of whites and Indians from their membership.
“What we are saying is that coloureds are our nephews and nieces. They are black and they are natives in our land. So they are welcome. With the issue of Indians‚ Indians are seeing themselves as next to the whites by their behaviour.
“So we know that we were oppressed equally or more than them but we respect their existence‚ but we are not racist. But what we are saying you can’t do the traditional binding of your home with a witch. You can’t do that. So that’s our logic‚” he said.
He was fully supported by the party’s secretary-general Romeo Matjila‚ who said: “Our membership and the character of our organisation dictate that we are only open to our natives. Our membership is not open to anything that looks white. We are a pro-black organisation. We are going to maintain that‚ we are not going to be dictated by anything.”
Matjila added that it was up to “us as black people to emancipate ourselves”.
“If emancipating ourselves is racist‚ so let it be. But we are not going to be apologetic on that‚” he said.
Matjila added that the party was prioritising black emancipation and would make sure that black people were liberated – and this is would not take “a white man to assist”.
“It’s going to take us as black people and we’re going to make sure that this dream becomes a reality‚” he said.
The party also announced that it will fully support Zuma during his court appearance on Friday‚ but emphasised that it’s relationship with him was merely to consult him as a former statesman and citizen of this country. It was not a political relationship‚ they stressed.
Ngcobo described charges against Zuma as a “concoction trying to derail the struggle for radical economic transformation”.
Mazibuye also revealed that it had approached former presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk for advice‚ but both had turned them down. Mbeki’s busy schedule did not allow him to meet with them while De Klerk told them he had retired from politics.
The party also announced that it will be registering the Independent Electoral Election to contest next year’s general.
The Mazibuye African Congress says it’s only promoting the interests of black Africans, which it says includes coloureds.
“Black emancipation is not something that we are going to tiptoe about. We are going to get our people liberated. And that is not going to take a white man to do that it’s going to take our people and we are going to make sure that this comes a reality. Our membership is only for black people,” said Romeo Matjila, Mazibuye African Congress secretary.
Source: Sowetan LIVE