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THE TRUTH - And Nothing but the Truth

Learn the truth about the A.S.C. Do not be misled

What the A.S.C. is:

The Anti-Segregation Council is a council of 29 organisations, which include trade unions, social, cultural, sporting and other bodies, all of whom are opposed to segregation. The total membership of these organisations is approximately 20, 000. Individuals cannot become members of the A.S.C. Only organisations can affiliate.

THE AIM OF THE A.S.C.

The one and only aim of the A.S.C. is: -

"To build up the Natal Indian Congress into a strong and democratic organisation truly representative of the Indian people of Natal; and until such time to oppose segregation wherever and in whatever form it manifests itself".

A.S.C. IS NOT AGAINST CONGRESS

As its aim clearly shows, the A.S.C., far from being against the Congress, is out to build the Congress. Its actions bear this out. In all its leaflets and from its platforms it has urged the people to j oin the Congress, NOT the A.S.C.

A.S.C. NOT SEPARATE FROM CONGRESS

The A.S.C. is not separate from Congress. But it is separate from the Kajee-Pather Group. The A.S.C. is a temporary body. It will go out of existence immediately when its aim is realised.

WHY THE A.S.C. HAS MADE REPRESENTATIONS

The A.S.C. has been compelled, in the interests of the Indian people, to make representation to the Union Government, the Indian National Congress and the United Nations: -

Because the Kajee-Pather Group, who are in power, have been acting in an undemocratic manner.

  1. Because they have made representations on behalf of the Indian people to the nature of which the overwhelming ma j ority of the Indian people were opposed.
  2. Because they have entered into agreements, in the name of the Indian community, without the knowledge or consent of the Indian community.
  3. Because they have indefinitely postponed the seven months overdue Congress elections and are clinging on to power against the wishes of the Indian people.
  4. Because until such time as elections are held, the present Congress officials cannot claim to represent the Indian people.

The A.S.C. will be compelled to make representations, in the interests of the Indian people, until such time as the Congress becomes democratic and carries out the wishes of the Indian people.

WHY THE A.S.C. RESORTED TO LEGAL ACTION

The A.S.C. HAS HAD TO RESORT TO LEGAL ACTION TO FORCE THE congress officials to hold the seven-months-overdue and four-times-postponed elections.

The A.S.C. did not requisition a special general meeting because, knowing the thoroughly undemocratic and semi-Fascist record of the present officials, it knew the requisition would be thrown into the wastepaper basket.

A.S.C. LEADERS NOT FIGHTING FOR POWER

The A.S.C. leaders are not fighting for power. Again and again they have clearly declared that they are not opposed to present officials as such, but to the suicidal policy of compromise, barter and sell-out, which they represent.

Again and again they have declared that they will support all leaders who agree with the A.S.C. policy and programme.

DIFFERENCES IN POLICIES

The Kajee-Pather Group has no faith in the common man.

The A.S.C. has an unshakeable faith in the power of the common man to struggle for his rights and freedom.

The Kajee-Pather Group does not believe in mass agitation.

The A.S.C. firmly believes in mass agitation and organisation.

The Kajee-Pather Group wants to keep Congress small and weak.

The A.S.C. wants to make Congress great and strong.

The Kajee-Pather Group believes in a docile policy of compromise of gaining small concessions for a few at the expense of great issues affecting many.

The A.S.C. is opposed to compromise. It believes in a firm stand.

The Kajee-Pather Group demands the "restoration" of the franchise, i.e., the vote for Indian men with property qualifications; and no vote for women.

The A.S.C. demands the full franchise, i.e., the vote for every Indian man and women over the age of 21.

WHAT THE A.S.C. HAS DONE

The A.S.C. has increased the membership of Congress from a mere 3,000 to over 12,000 - and thus defeated the end of the Kajee-Pather Group, who wanted to keep the vast majority of the people in darkness and ignorance.

VOTE A.S.C. CANDIDATES - FOR PROGRESS

Issued by the Anti-Segregation Council, Pietermaritzburg.

Last updated : 10-Apr-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 31-Mar-2011