Court ruling no crisis for KZN ANC
THE ruling of the Pietermaritzburg High Court, in respect of the validity of the ANC KZN provincial conference in 2015, is perceived by alarmists as a crisis for the ANC.
The ANC has the ability to rise to the occasion in the face of contradictions and tensions, therefore the prospect for rapprochement between complementary and contradiction is possible.
The court ruling is an opportunity for ANC members to return to their respective branches to reflect and reconcile in a bid to rebuild the organisation.
Throughout the years that unity has never been broken, despite a few splits which were influenced largely by indiscipline and self-serving careerists in the ranks of the organisation. As we approach the elective conference, the ANC is crying out for its soul. 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 legitimacy far wider than our mass base.
For this goal to be realised it requires a radical organisational renewal from the branch level.
This is critical, because it will impact on our capacity to mobilise society around the goal of a better life for all.
It’s therefore important to close ranks and confront what may inevitably be disruptive to the unity of our movement and the ANC in particular.
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 supersede the basic tenets of the national democratic revolution both outside and within the movement.