Stalwarts, veterans boycott policy conference
AS THE ANC gears up for its six-day policy conference, the party’s veterans and stalwarts have vowed to snub the gathering because their demands for a special stand-alone consultative conference were given the cold shoulder.
The ANC has dedicated the first 48 hours of the conference to a consultative process but the veterans yesterday said they would not be part of it because they wanted the policy conference separated from the national consultative conference.
The group’s spokesperson, Murphy Morobe, said the refusal of the ANC to separate the two was a sign “that the leadership of the ANC is not prepared to confront the crisis and project state capture”.
“We now note that the agenda has been changed and the first two days will now be spent on policy matters, reinforcing our belief that the leadership of the ANC is not prepared to confront the crisis and project state capture,” Morobe said.
He said the ANC top brass was going ahead with this policy conference, deliberately ignoring the outrage within communities and the movement over state capture.
“The Constitutional Court ruling that the president violated his oath of office and that Parliament failed to hold the executive accountable shows that our constitutional democracy is under threat by some within the very leadership entrusted to protect it.”
Another party veteran, Wally Serote, said following the snub, they would now organise their own consultative conference in September.
He said the recommendations of that conference would spell out how to rescue and save the party and to regenerate it back to its values.
“We did take a decision that we are going to organise a national consultative conference. We’re going to engage ANC members on discussions as to what must we do in this crisis and what is the criteria for the type of leadership which will lead this organisation out of this crisis.”.
The stalwarts affirmed they would not turn their backs on the party, adding that they would help the movement to self-correct. The old guard will instead attend the opening for two days as branch members.
“The ANC is rapidly losing the legitimacy and trust of our people. The longer the crisis in our movement and country is not confronted, the deeper the crisis will become.”
Morobe said that they were a voice for all members and supporters who rejected corruption.
He said no one who believed in the ANC’s principles, along with the fight against apartheid, the attainment of a constitutional democracy and the national democratic revolution, would want the veterans to be silent on the crisis in the ANC.
The veterans called on all structures of the ANC, the alliance and other progressive organisations to honestly reflect on their own failures and to find solutions. They are convinced the party’s current challenges are far wider than any individuals in leadership or those involved in corruption, nepotism and state capture.
BOYCOTT: Cheryl Carolus, standing left, speaks to the media in the wake of a decision by veterans and stalwarts of the ANC, to stay away from the party’s policy conference which kicks off in Johannesburg today.