Businesswoman and journalist, Bea Emslie.  Photo: TK Mashaba

Whites may give ANC of Ramaphosa their vote


Lizzy Bapela   l   Views: 171

Community leaders across the Waterberg anticipate scores of white people who voted for the ANC of Mandela, might as well consider giving their vote to the ANC of Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Businesswoman and journalist, Bea Emslie, said she was on holiday in Namaqualand when the results were announced. 

“I spent a considerable period of time sitting in the car, waiting for the results (of the ANC elective conference) with bated breath,” she said.

Emslie said she and her husband, Dr Victor Emslie, were baffled to realise that the Coloured workers employed by the lodge in Namaqualand were somewhat disinterested in the proceedings at Nasrec. 

She said the employees were stony-faced when she rushed from the vehicle to break the news that Ramaphosa was the newly-elected president of the ANC 

At the dawn of democracy, white people in great numbers gave their vote to the ANC of Mandela, and to some extent, Thabo Mbeki. 

DA Ward Councillor, Kobus van der Merwe, observed that there were indeed many white people who voted for the ANC of Mandela, and did not rule out the possibility of some of these people giving Ramaphosa the benefit of the doubt.

“I believe many would be willing to vote for the ANC because they had trust in the party during Mandela’s era,” he said.

Van der Merwe cautioned, however, that Ramaphosa needed to go the extra mile and work hard to regain the trust of potential voters.

“The number of voters (for the ANC) scaled down, and trust was lost during (incumbent President) Jacob Zuma’s era,” he said.

To the contrary, Waterberg District Executive Mayor and ANC regional chairperson, Morris Mataboge, said he did not believe there were any white people who voted for the ANC of Mandela, nor would they vote for the ANC of Ramaphosa.

Businessman and Change for Bela-Bela pioneer, NJ van Heerden, said he was personally convinced Ramaphosa would be a responsible leader, who should put people above self-enrichment.

“Well, I for one would definitely be more open to it as I believe in him,” he said.

Van Heerden called on Ramaphosa and the new ANC leadership to consider changing the the concept of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) to Poor Economic Empowerment (PEE), in order to remove the race-based  innuendo from the broader programme.

At national level, Roelf Meyer, who worked closely with Ramaphosa to compose the Constitution, predicted a better outlook for the ANC ahead of the national elections in 2019.

He cautioned, however, that Ramaphosa faced a number of challenges, among them, the composition of the top six, and also the balance of power within the ranks of the NEC.

5 months ago       11 January 2018