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ANC launches campaign to promote an inclusive South Africa

3 September 2008

The African National Congress has begun a programme of active engagement with various minority communities as part of our effort to promote an inclusive South Africa.

As part of this programme, and in an effort to address the challenges of land reform and agrarian development, the ANC today (3 September 2008) met with respresentatives of AgriSA.

Since its formation the ANC has embraced the ethos of non-racialism. This manifested itself in the Freedom Charter, which states that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.

The Strategy and Tactics adopted by the 52nd National Conference of the ANC in December 2007 reaffirmed this by stating: "The dynamics within South African society impose on the ANC the responsibility more intensely to work among all sectors of the population to ensure that they join the people`s contract to change South Africa for the better. This includes all the class forces from within the white community, each of which can and should make a contribution to the construction of a better society."

The ANC is committed to ensuring that all South Africans understand that the future that we are building belongs equally to all our people.

It is calling on all South Africans, including those from minority communities, to back the ANC as their party of choice. We want to involve members of these communities in our movement, in the national debate, in the struggle against poverty and inequality, and in the programmes to build a better South Africa for all.

We are calling on them to become activists for this common cause. The exercise of the rights of all our people to the equal recognition of their languages, culture, religion and traditions must be affirmed.

Through this engagement, the ANC has gained greater insight into the concerns of minority communities. The ANC is committed to addressing these in the context of building an inclusive nation.

The ANC is committed to working towards a non-racial society that does not perpetuate privilege, that addresses the injustices of the past, that replaces exclusiveness with inclusiveness, and that belongs to all who live in it.

Through this programme, the ANC is reaching out to members of minority communities, to engage in frank dialogue, to articulate the programmes and policies of the ANC, and to build meaningful relationships.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General

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