ANC SHUTS DOOR ON STALWARTS
The elders, who have called for President Jacob Zuma to step down, had tried for months to convince the ANC to instead convene a consultative conference to deal with the crisis in the ANC – one which was separate from the policy conference and extended beyond branch delegates, who were effectively part to the problems in the ANC. They wanted an inclusive conference, open to civil society including the churches. Spokesperson for the group of 101 stalwarts and apartheid activists Mpho Mosimane said the ANC’s rejection of that proposal left them with no choice but to abandon the conference. The stalwarts would, however, attend as members of the ANC if delegated by their branches.
“We have argued with them and said why not convert the conference into a consultative one and use the two days for policy discussion at the elective conference in December. But that was rejected on the basis that, constitutionally, there had to be a policy conference convened.
“But those are based on interpretation. We have communicated that we are not going to be part of those two days because we don’t believe they will achieve anything. It is up to the ANC to still consider a separate inclusive conference,” he said.
“You can’t bring in the same structures to say these structures must deal with their own diagnosis and
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