Indians are black, says Zuma – IOL News

Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Friday assured Indians that they were regarded as blacks.

“The Indian community has never been mere auxiliaries in the struggle for freedom, as may be suggested by some whose sole intention is to divide the black majority for political expediency,” he told a meeting at Mount Edgecombe in Durban.

Zuma said that while there had been progress in correcting “the injustices of the past meted out against Africans, Indians, coloureds and women”, representation of black people in top management positions had only grown from 23.7 percent to 33.2 percent over the last 10 years. “Much more remains to be done,” he said. “The ANC government will, in the next five years, relentlessly pursue these policies to ensure that our economy truly reflects the demographics of our country.”

He called the ruling party the only movement with the commitment and experience to resolve this issue.

In Johannesburg on Friday, Zuma appealed to religious leaders. “Let us pray for peaceful and successful general elections on May 7, a right many sacrificed their lives fighting for,” he said, addressing thousands of Universal Church congregants at Ellis Park Stadium.

As Zuma and his entourage walked into Ellis Park, they welcomed him with applause.

The president sang his trademark song Umshini wam (“bring me my machinegun”) as he approached the stage…

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