“Whether they vote for us or not, we have an obligation to understand where they are coming from and their concerns,” ANC Secretary general Gwede Mantashe said after the meeting with 19 Afrikaner organisations on Tuesday, May 8. The black-led ANC say they will continue to hold talks with Afrikaner groups over the next months. Afrikaners are descendents of mainly Dutch and French settlers, whose presence in South Africa dates back to the 17 century. The white minority group makes up less than six percent of South Africa’s population. Some analysts say the ANC’s renewed interest in wooing Afrikaners is in response to the rise of the Democratic Alliance opposition party which secured more than 20 percent of the vote in last year’s municipal elections. The Freedom Front Plus political party, which represents Afrikaner interests, said Tuesday’s meeting had ulterior motives. Fed up with the ANC Afrikaners told DW they feel marginalised under the rule of the ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. One man said, as a young white, he felt the odds were stacked against him in terms of job opportunities. “I don’t feel good in this country, there’s no jobs,… Read full this story
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