The Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) says it prides itself with having paved the way for new political parties that advocate for Black Consciousness.
The party took its election campaign to Marapyane, north of Pretoria.
While campaigning for votes in the forthcoming elections Azapo has conceded that it moved away from its black consciousness origins.
Despite that, former party leader Mosibudi Mangena says the party was the catalyst for all the new parties that advocate for land expropriation and black pride.
“We feel very good about it. we have been beating ourselves saying that we’ve not been teaching, we have stopped teaching black consciousness, but look and behold there are other political parties that now feel that they have got to espouse the philosophy of black consciousness, it means that the philosophy is spreading,” says Mangena.
Mangena was campaigning in his hometown Marapyane where he promised to bring changes including crime reduction and employment.
“We would really appreciate it. Azapo can eradicate the crime that is prevalent in this area,” says a resident.
“We would like it if Azapo would reopen the agricultural college that was closed down and is now a white elephant,” adds another resident.
Mangena promised a place like Marapyane will be his party’s priority as residents from areas like this often feel forgotten and neglected by the current administration.
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