‘In­ten­sify strug­gle against cor­rup­tion’

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THERE IS no bet­ter way of hon­our­ing the role and con­tri­bu­tion of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cadres than to in­ten­sify the strug­gle against cor­rup­tion, “ten­der­preneur­ship”, mis­guided mil­i­tancy and illd­is­ci­pline, South African Com­mu­nist Party leader Blade Nz­i­mande said yes­ter­day.

He was de­liv­er­ing a mes­sage of sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port of the armed wing of the ANC, on its 50th an­niver­sary, at Or­lando Sta­dium, Soweto.

Nz­i­mande said: “On this day, we call upon our move­ment as a whole to deal de­ci­sively with ill-dis­ci­pline, reck­less­ness, pop­ulism and cor­rup­tion.

“MK cadres un­der­stood that one of the best weapons we could have handed over to the en­emy in or­der to de­feat us was ill-dis­ci­pline and reck­less mil­i­tancy. Let us root out all these for­eign ten­den­cies… to safe­guard the legacy of Umkhonto we Sizwe.”

Yes­ter­day also marked Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Day. Inkatha Free­dom Party leader Man­go­suthu Buthelezi noted in a state­ment that two dif­fer­ent con­flicts in South Africa’s his­tory – the Day of the Vow and the an­niver­sary of MK – were be­ing com­mem­o­rated.

“But just as the Day of the Vow speaks of an end to blood­shed, so too should the fo­cus of MK’S 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­brate the fact that armed con­flict is part of our past, not our fu­ture.”

Speak­ing in Wol­maransstad in North West, Free­dom Front Plus leader Pi­eter Mul­der ex­pressed con­cern that Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Day and the an­nual com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 1838 Vow stood op­po­site each other.

“It is a mis­take to try and force Afrikan­ers to choose be­tween the two – be­cause both are pos­si­ble,” he said.

“In prac­tice it means that there must be enough room for all in South Africa so that no peo­ple or cul­tural group feels threat­ened or alien­ated,” said Mul­der.

In its Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Day state­ment, DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane said it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of each South African to vig­i­lantly guard against those in po­si­tions of power abus­ing their power and sow­ing divi­sion.

The DA wished MK well in its cel­e­bra­tions. – Sapa

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