Stal­warts, veter­ans boy­cott pol­icy con­fer­ence

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Politics - MTHOKOZISI DUBE mtokozisid@the­newage.co.za

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.

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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.

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