Spokesperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape, Yonela Diko says he accepts the criticisms aired by the ruling party's alliance partners but has accused SaveSA of perpetuating long-standing prejudices.
In an opinion piece for the Daily Maverick Diko writes: SaveSA and their cabal’s march then is neither about a declining ANC nor about their middle-class members, because they have never held Zuma in high regard and have not done particularly badly under his rule, it’s simply about a validation of their long-held prejudices.
Speaking to John Maytham he says people hold preconceived ideas about blackness and the ANC which they are now using to validate and undermine the government.
What we are struggling with really is to protect genuine criticism that is warranted and that is due to the ANC with opportunistic ones.— Yonela Diko, Spokesperson of the ANC in the Western Cape
The opportunistic ones are the ones that are either anti-black permanently, anti-ANC and to a certain degree racist.— Yonela Diko, Spokesperson of the ANC in the Western Cape
He says there is an expectation of exceptionalism from black leaders.
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