‘Court rul­ing on KZN ANC poll is not a cri­sis as party unity is at branch level’

Sowetan - - Opinion -

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

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