The ANC needs to address the problem of crime and the concerns of minorities if it wants to win the so-called ‘‘Indian vote’’ in the upcoming 2019 general elections, human rights lawyer and newly elected eThekwini ANC councilor Previn Vedan believes. The ANC beat the DA with a shock Chatsworth by-election victory three weeks ago. Vedan trounced the DA’s Fathima Ismail, who was a favourite ahead of the poll. Vedan will be formally sworn in as a councilor at the Durban city hall on Wednesday. At 26, he is the third youngest councilor in the country. The Chatsworth ward became available earlier this year after DA ward councilor, Sharon Hoosen was moved to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature after party shake-up in the eThekwini municipality. “Winning this ward did not come easy. Although I was the face of the campaign it was a team work, with all hands on deck. We had to unite diverse people, the communities of Shallcross and Moorton, who were worried about crime, and poor people from the in...

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