Let’s unite to quash white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal – ANCYL leader

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - VIC­TOR TSIE Vic­tor Tsie is ANC re­gional task team co­or­di­na­tor for Ngaka Modiri Molema

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.

PIC­TURE: HER­BERT MATIMBA

WORK TO­GETHER: The writer says the ANC calls on its mem­bers to dis­play unity of pur­pose at this time.

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