Let’s unite to quash white monopoly capital – ANCYL leader
THE second biggest region of the ANC in the country, Ngaka Modiri Molema district of the North West province, held an ordinary meeting to assess the latest developments in our country and the progress made in preparation for the regional conference.
The ANC in Ngaka Modiri Molema wishes to express its condemnation of the continued attempt by the white monopoly capital in the form of Save SA and opposition parties to circumvent political processes of the Republic.
They actively seek to co-govern with the elected executive by using courts and our people as platforms for pursuing mostly political positions.
There is no truth to the political claim that is being peddled by the opposition and the beneficiaries of white monopoly capital that the government of the ANC and its president has lost the moral compass and have abounded the struggle of nonracial, nonsexist, equal, democratic and prosperous nation.
The ANC has remained faithful to the cause of freedom. It leads the national struggle for the emancipation of all oppressed and exploited black people. It stands for a new order in South Africa, where racism shall be a thing of the past and human dignity and equality shall prevail in the life of our country.
The ANC notes the call of impeachment of our president through a motion of no confidence as a demonstration of the political opportunism of the DA, EFF, Cope and others. They advance an argument about a conscience vote in the national Parliament against the ANC when they can’t observe the same framework in their parties.
Whereas the ANC appreciates and asserts that our parliamentary framework requires for members of Parliament to approach matters of the House from the party-line, the mouthpieces of the rich DA and EFF has made noise about the need for MPs to defy the instructions of their party. This they say in their continuous but useless bid to have the president of the Republic removed through a vote of no confidence, foolishly goading ANC MPs to lead a mutiny against their own leadership and mandate.
South Africans have bestowed upon the ANC the leadership responsibility to make a success of the country. This requires committed and focused action among members and leaders of the organisation, working hand in glove with all societal partners. It further calls on the movement to unite all our people in a common cause – pushing back the frontiers of poverty, reducing inequality and reversing the tide of unemployment. The ANC therefore at all times should focus on common and national challenges in the interests of the people and to advance their aspirations.
Accordingly ANC calls on its members and leaders to display unity of purpose at this time. From time to time there shall be divergent views on the nature and means to achieve the type of society we wish to construct. This is an inalienable characteristic of the broad church that defines the character of the ANC.
Diversity and plurality of views does not mean division but robust and necessary engagement within our movement in our quest to deliver on our responsibility to our people.
Members and leaders of the organisation are expected to focus more on what contributes to unify the nation than what divides us.
In this regard the leadership of the regional task team (RTT) unequivocally calls on our members to stop using funeral of our stalwart comrade Kathy, may his soul rest in peace, to air dissatisfactions. Our members are as always expected to display the highest levels of integrity, selflessness, trustworthiness, honesty and commitment to serve our people in the execution of their duties.
Our bedrock is unshakeable. We must unite and follow in the footsteps of our martyrs – in the footsteps of the men who fell in the frontline in South Africa and Zimbabwe and in other countries.
Let us think of all the patriots languishing in Vorster’s dungeons – Mandela, Mbeki, Bram Fischer, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg. Others like Kalusha who were killed in prison and many more who have been killed and continue to die in jail. They go unheralded but confident that we will avenge their death.
We note with appreciation that millions of supporters of our cause now pinpoint the source of the problem causing perpetuation of the economic system – that is, the ever-growing collaboration between Washington and London to destroy countries that oppose the old way of doing things.
The downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign rating by credit rating agency, Standard and Poor, this decision must and does give impetus to our ANC-led government to redouble its efforts to use its Brics membership to fast-track the establishment of Brics rating agency.
The RTT remains firmly committed to promoting sound and prudent financial management. We have full confidence in the newly appointed Minister of Finance, Comrade Malusi Gigaba and the Deputy Minister of Finance, Comrade Sfiso Buthelezi and other ministers and deputies.
The RTT in Ngaka Modiri Molema is gravely concerned about the serious breach of confidentiality between ourselves and our alliance partner, the SACP.
This follows from a leak of discussion held in confidence in a bilateral meeting between the two parties.
Furthermore, we are seriously concerned about the call of the SACP to contest elections. It proved that through the sacrifices and in the face of brutal enemy repression and persecution was wasteful. This claim reveals a moral and ideological weakness committed by the SACP.
We congratulate our president for keeping communist leaders in his Cabinet, as this shows that the alliance unity is of paramount importance to the organisation though they are not trustworthy.
The RTT in Ngaka Modiri Molema categorically condemns the behaviour of Cosatu. The ANC does not meddle in the election of leadership of Cosatu and its affiliates, instead supports and works with whoever collectives elect.
The ANC is presently engaged in an extensive organisational process to establish a common understanding of the problems of the movement among our structures.
This we do so that, “through the eye of the needle”, we may reach a collective appreciation on the nature of leadership required to take our organisation forward.
Our alliance partners are expected to reinforce this strategic work of fostering unity among ANC structures and the alliance broadly.
Members of Cosatu and its affiliates, in their capacity as members of the ANC, are therefore encouraged to participate in this process.
The act of driving the movement into competing pronouncements about leadership preferences deviates our attention from the crucial political task of building this collective understanding. Our organisational unity has to be built on solid political and theoretical grounds about the substance and depth of our challenges as a revolutionary movement before venturing into secondary matters of leadership selection.
Part of the political tradition of the alliance is the mutual respect of each other’s internal processes.
While we appreciate the interest of our allies in the substance and form of the direction of our revolutionary political programme, we reject their misguided undermining of the ANC’s control over its own internal organisational matters.
We implore Cosatu leadership to rein in their affiliates and assert an understanding that the succession debate of the ANC will be led by the ANC at a moment organisationally determined by the ANC.
The RTT confirmed its confidence in the processes leading to the regional conference, to rise to the challenge of charting a path for the movement for the next years, to unite and strengthen the movement and to adopt policies and programmes that make a real difference to the lives of all residents of Ngaka Modiri Molema, particularly the poor.
In the conference, which will be held soon, delegates will be required to faithfully reflect the views of the general membership of the ANC. Delegates will also need to demonstrate the discipline and commitment to this task that the structures who mandated them will expect.
It is important that participants at the conference, whether delegates, observers or guests, desist from any conduct that may be divisive, disruptive or otherwise deviate from the democratic traditions of the movement.
The RTT encourages members of the ANC to rededicate themselves to the struggle to liberate South Africa from the chains of white monopoly capital and smash this monster.
Members must arm themselves with the willpower and fearlessness of Ngaka Modiri Molema: the endurance and vision of comrade Jacob Zuma, the courage and resourcefulness of comrade Supra Mahumapelo; the farsightedness and dedication of SP Makgatho, Sol Plaatje, Langalibalele Dube, Isakaka Seme and all founding-fathers of the ANC. Let the dream of President Jacob Zuma, who cherishes a great alliance of African people to resist their separate conquest come true in our lifetime.
Let us fight for economic freedom. The white monopoly capital enemy in South Africa can and must be defeated. Let the courage and inspiration spring from those fallen heroes who have already set us a good example on the battlefield.
WORK TOGETHER: The writer says the ANC calls on its members to display unity of purpose at this time.