‘Court ruling on KZN ANC poll is not a crisis as party unity is at branch level’
The ruling by the Pietermaritzburg High Court in respect of the validity of the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference in 2015 is perceived by alarmists as a crisis for the ANC.
The ANC has a long history of rising to the occasion in the midst of tensions and contradictions.
This means the judgement provides an opportunity for ANC members to return to their branches to reflect, to reconcile and to rebuild the party. Unity is built in the branches.
Throughout the years that unity has never been broken despite a few splits influenced, to a great extent, by the devil of serving the interests of the self.
As we approach the elective conference, the unity and integrity of the movement should be defended at all costs. We must ensure that the next generation does not inherit a fractured organisation but one that enjoys far wider legitimacy.
For this goal to be realised requires radical organisational renewal from branch level. This is critical because it will impact on our capacity to mobilise around the goal of a better life for all.
However, the issues we need to tackle more decisively include the cult of personality, factionalism and corruption that remain pervasive. It’s in this context that anarchy should not be allowed to supercede the basic tenets of the national democratic revolution both outside and within the movement. Morgan Phaahla, Vosloorus