ANC councillor in the Berg River Municipality on the West Coast, Sammy Classen, has resigned from the party. Classen was suspended from the ANC last month for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute. He had accused the party’s provincial Acting Chairperson, Khaya Maxaga, of making racial statements. Classen says he plans to form a new party soon: “I am embarking on a consultative process with communities and with Coloured leaders across the country because I believe that there has never been a time and a window of opportunity for Coloured unity to stand our ground because we are being marginalised, we are being sidelined. Our people don’t get jobs, don’t get houses and don’t get access to opportunities.” The ANC in the Western Cape has welcomed Claasen’s announcement.
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