ANC knows it must change

Con­fer­ence un­der­takes to talk to ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing #FeesMustFall. ‘RUL­ING PARTY’S DI­REC­TION MUST CHANGE’

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Eric Naki – er­icn@cit­i­zen.co.za

Stal­warts say there is a sense of ur­gency to achieve unity – not only for the good of the rul­ing party, but also for the coun­try – and they want to in­flu­ence the ANC to change its tra­jec­tory.

There is a need to em­pha­sise the sense of ur­gency not only for the party but also for the coun­try. That is why it is im­por­tant to have an ANC that is work­ing well Mur­phy Morobe ANC stal­wart

ANC stal­warts say there is a sense of ur­gency to achieve unity in the ANC, not only for the good of the party, but for the coun­try.

It is for this rea­son they want to in­ter­vene to in­flu­ence the party to change its tra­jec­tory to fo­cus on unity and peo­ple, rather than on di­vi­sive is­sues such as lead­er­ship lists and who must be the pres­i­dent of the party.

The ANC stal­warts, ad­dress­ing me­dia in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day to give a progress re­port since their meet­ing with the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee last month, made it clear they wanted to re­turn the party “to the peo­ple to whom it be­longed”.

They would do so by “in­flu­enc­ing the change of tra­jec­tory of fac­tion­al­ism to that of unity”, some­thing they were con­fi­dent would not only ben­e­fit the party, but the na­tion as whole.

The group said one of the con­cerns raised by mem­ber­ship was the ANC’s elec­toral sys­tem. They said mem­bers ques­tioned if the sys­tem was not con­tribut­ing to the cur­rent lead­er­ship cri­sis in the party, and were ask­ing whether there was a need to change it.

ANC stal­wart Rev Frank Chikane said they aimed to change the tra­jec­tory to re­turn the ANC to the val­ues it was known for.

“The ANC ex­ists for the peo­ple. When it goes wrong, the gov­ern­ment goes wrong and the peo­ple go wrong too,” Chikane said.

Chikane said they were push­ing for a na­tional con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence to be held prior to the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence in June, so that the lat­ter con­fer­ence could be pos­i­tively in­flu­enced.

The stal­warts would on Mon­day meet with the ANC top six to thrash out the modal­i­ties of the con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence. A date for the con­fer­ence might be an­nounced on Mon­day, prob­a­bly for April or early May.

A task team is in the process of con­sult­ing var­i­ous ANC struc­tures and its al­liance part­ners to take their con­cerns to the party’s na­tional lead­er­ship. It would first hold dis­cus­sion with the ANC Women’s and Youth Leagues, and later with the al­liance part­ners such as Cosatu, SACP and Sanco. Par­al­lel dis­cus­sions would be held, or­gan­ised by lo­cal struc­tures at pro­vin­cial, re­gional and branch lev­els. They would also re­vive and try to unite mal­func- tion­ing struc­tures of the Mil­i­tary Veter­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

“This is about the change of tra­jec­tory, we will go be­yond the al­liance to var­i­ous sec­tors of so­ci­ety. We are go­ing to in­ter­act with them all, in­clud­ing the #FeesMustFall move­ment, said Chikane.

“The stal­warts agree that we could in­ter­vene and change the tra­jec­tory.”

“There is a need to em­pha­sise the sense of ur­gency not only for the party but also for the coun­try. That is why it is im­por­tant to have an ANC that is work­ing well,” said Mur­phy Morobe.

The group de­clined to speak on lead­er­ship slates and who should be the next ANC pres­i­dent, say­ing this was up to the party branches.

Pic­ture: Neil McCart­ney

MES­SAGE. Faizel Ran­dera speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held by ANC stal­warts.

Pic­ture: GCIS

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