ANC will dis­ci­pline in­ter­nally

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mor­gan Phaahla

SOME of us are be­ing la­belled all sorts of things by cer­tain forces for de­fend­ing the ANC con­sti­tu­tion and the oath of mem­ber­ship. There is some­thing strange about it.

What they bla­tantly refuse to ac­cept is that the ANC lead­er­ship is­sued a di­rec­tive for mem­bers to ob­serve borders and re­frain from can­vass­ing di­vi­sive is­sues to test pub­lic opin­ion.

Al­though a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion pre­vailed by di­rect con­se­quence, a few opted out of the prin­ci­ple of demo­cratic cen­tral­ism. The lat­ter prompted a dis­ci­plinary ac­tion to deal with those rebels.

I sup­pose de­trac­tors wanted the ANC to throw its con­sti­tu­tion out of the win­dow in favour of tak­ing in­struc­tions from the streets on how to di­rect its af­fairs. Ob­vi­ously, it would su­per­sede the po­lit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the party dis­ci­pline.

At the core of this lies the de­sire to be handed the ANC hege­mony in so­ci­ety on a plate and a quest to con­quer state power by hook or crook. It’s not sur­pris­ing that they’re us­ing rogue el­e­ments to in­fil­trate our move­ment. We’re awake and ready to weed out ill-dis­ci­pline.

ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ram­phosa told the con­fer­ence of the SACP that “at no other point in the his­tory of our move­ment has fac­tion­al­ism and di­vi­sion be­come so brazen, so pro­nounced, so con­fi­dent”. There is an African proverb that says: “When brothers fight to the death, a stranger in­her­its the home.” We know all too well some of the causes of these ruc­tions within our house.

This sim­ply en­tails that cadres must close ranks and take col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for the prob­lems suf­fo­cat­ing our house. To re­solve chal­lenges fac­ing the ANC from within, and with­out party walls, re­quires united and dis­ci­plined cadres.

Surely, wash­ing dirty linen in pub­lic would com­pro­mise the party dis­ci­pline. Char­ity be­gins at home. Vosloorus

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