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Now, Gandhi posters to the aid of ANC

DURBAN, MARCH 28. South Africa's ruling African National Congress has placed huge Mahatma Gandhi posters here in an attempt to win over the "Indian vote" which is regarded as crucial to the election of the KwaZulu-Natal province.

One poster asks: "Who would Gandhi have voted for?" Immediately underneath, another poster with the photograph of Ela Gandhi, a former ANC MP, has the answer: "My grandfather would have voted ANC."

The ANC secretary for the Durban region, John Mchunu, said they had printed 10,000 of the posters and put them mainly in the former Indian residential areas of Chatsworth, Phoenix, Verulam, Tongaat, Stanger and in the Durban vicinity.

He said the posters were meant to demonstrate to the Indian community that there were similarities between the ANC's policies and Gandhi's teachings.

"The ANC has embraced his philosophies and teachings, and we should not shy away from that fact. We are simply saying that had he been alive, he would definitely have voted for the ANC because all the principles he believed in, we have adopted and live by. The Indian community must not feel they have no home under the ANC," he said. But several Opposition parties have criticised the ANC move saying Gandhi was a man of peace and he should not be abused for political purposes. Narend Singh, who is the KwaZulu-Natal Education Minister and number two in the candidate list in KwaZulu-Natal for the Inkatha Freedom Party, said the campaign was in bad taste. — PTI

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