Stu­dents plea for ANC unity


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The high school-based Congress of South African Stu­dents (Cosas) has called on the ANC’s two lead­ing pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa, to unite be­hind the ANC’s cen­tury-old flag.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, which mo­bilises pupils for bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion at both pri­mary and high schools, said the fail­ure by the two to work to­gether would cost the ANC the 2019 general elec­tion as a vic­tory by ei­ther of them would see the rul­ing party los­ing power.

Cosas Jo­han­nes­burg re­gional chair­per­son Penuel Maduna said the two can­di­dates were an­tag­o­nis­tic to­wards each other in their cam­paigns. He called on them to stop char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion of each other.

He said Cosas had de­cided not to sup­port any of the seven ANC pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

The other can­di­dates are Lindiwe Sisulu, Baleka Mbete, Jeff Radebe, Mathews Phosa and Zweli Mkhize.

But Maduna’s open let­ter to Ramaphosa clearly in­di­cated that he was per­son­ally op­posed to him, in par­tic­u­lar.

The let­ter vil­i­fied the ANC deputy president for speak­ing out against state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion.

He al­leged that Ramaphosa’s cam­paign was noth­ing but char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion aimed at President Ja­cob Zuma and any­one con­test­ing the party elec­tion. He also at­tacked him about the Marikana in­ci­dent and the re­cent al­le­ga­tions about ex­tra mar­i­tal af­fairs.

The rest of Maduna’s state­ment ap­peared to be friv­o­lous and un­fac­tual, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions that Ramaphosa had mo­nop­o­lised the fast food in­dus­try and “cap­tured” ANC mem­bers, mak­ing them loyal to him in­stead of to the ANC.

Maduna fur­ther claimed the deputy president had cho­sen to say noth­ing about the ANC in his cam­paign.

How­ever, McDon­ald’s, which Ramaphosa pre­vi­ously owned in South Africa, was not a mo­nop­oly fast food group in the coun­try, no ANC mem­bers had voiced per­sonal al­le­giance to him and through­out his cam­paign, Ramaphosa has been call­ing for ANC unity and the need for party re­newal.

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