ANC is not against black intellectuals: Ramaphosa

The African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to professionals to demystify the perception that the party is against black intellectuals such as academia.


He was addressing the Progressive Professionals Forum in Cape Town as part of a campaign for the next week’s Local Government Elections.

Ramaphosa has referred to ANC founders such as the party’s former president John Langalibalele Dube as true epitomes of intellectuals.

“It was intellectuals and professionals who came up with the idea to establish the African National Congress 104 years ago. It was people like you, Sol Plaatje, John Langalibalele Dube and all of them. They were all educated people. They were professionals. They were lawyers. They were preachers. They were hugely educated people in America and all that. They were your ilk and they were in your class,” says Ramaphosa.

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