ANC DISTANCES ITSELF FROM MANYI REMARKS
The African National Congress (ANC) would like to distance itself from views expressed by Government Spokesperson Jimmy Manyi - made in his capacity as President of the Black Management Forum (BMF) in March last year - regarding the coloured community in the Western Cape.
Among other disturbing remarks made by Manyi during the interview broadcast on KykNet , while still Director-General of the Department of Labour, were: "So this over-concentration of coloureds in the Western Cape is not working for them". He further said: "They should spread in the rest of the country ........ so they must stop this over concentration situation because they are in over supply where they are. So you must look into the country and see where you can meet the supply."
We want to categorically put on record that the remarks made by Manyi neither represent ANC nor Government policy. Based on the Freedom Charter, which espouses non-racialism as a guiding principle the ANC, together with all our people, including the coloured community, has fought for the liberation of all South Africans to live freely wherever they desire in the country.
Any narrow view that coloured people are in "over supply in the Western Cape" and should, therefore, move to other parts of the country to realise their dreams of a better life, is not in keeping with the rights of all South Africans, including coloured people. This right is enshrined in the Constitution.
What we also find unacceptable is a description that portrays coloured people as a commodity rather than people who enjoy the same rights as any other South African citizen. The terms "over supply" and "over concentration" are best used in reference to commodities and not human beings.