Court rul­ing no cri­sis for KZN ANC

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Comment -

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. Mor­gan Phaahla Ekurhu­leni

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