Zuma calls for end to break­away par­ties

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - BONGANI HANS and ZIMASA MATIWANE

LEAD­ERS of the tri­par­tite al­liance have set the tone for next week’s ANC na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma say­ing the party should use the event to strengthen unity in or­der to avert a cul­ture of break­away for­ma­tions.

He said this was threat­en­ing the sta­bil­ity of the party.

Zuma and lead­ers of the leagues and ANC al­liance part­ners ad­dressed 1 400 del­e­gates at the party’s KwaZulu-Na­tal pro­vin­cial gen­eral coun­cil on Fri­day evening at the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land in northern KwaZulu-Na­tal.

His pres­i­den­tial hope­ful ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was also present when the leagues pub­licly en­dorsed her as the next leader.

The three-day event was meant to con­sol­i­date is­sues KwaZulu-Na­tal wanted de­bated at next week’s pol­icy gath­er­ing.

Zuma said with the dis­pute wors­en­ing, it was likely that the SACP would soon leave the al­liance.

“It is the break­aways that are threat­en­ing the sta­bil­ity. We should take a de­ci­sion on how we are go­ing to deal with all th­ese things that di­vide us,” he said.

The ANC started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing break­aways with the for­ma­tion of Bantu Holomisa’s United Demo­cratic Al­liance in 1998 af­ter Nel­son Man­dela had ex­pelled him from the ANC.

This was fol­lowed by the Congress of the Peo­ple, which was formed in 2008 by former ANC na­tional chair­man Mo­siuoa Lekota and former Cosatu lead­ers who were dis­grun­tled by the re­call of Thabo Mbeki from of­fice.

Former ANC Youth League pres­i­dent Julius Malema, who Zuma had de­scribed as “mad boy”, formed the EFF af­ter be­ing ex­pelled from the party.

“The party (SACP) is likely to break away if this thing of break­aways is not de­bated at the pol­icy con­fer­ence,” said Zuma.

ANC trea­surer- gen­eral Zweli Mkhize re­it­er­ated Zuma’s call for unity, say­ing the party should not al­low it­self to be ruled by fac­tion­al­ism.

“The ANC is not a coali­tion of fac­tions, the ANC is one or­gan­i­sa­tion. It’s im­por­tant for us to dis­cuss where we’ve got dif­fer­ent views to a point where we are ul­ti­mately able to say this is what is best for the ANC,” Mkhize said.

Zuma’s backer Sihle Zikalala turned against the Gup­tas when he was de­liv­er­ing the po­lit­i­cal re­port. He said the ANC should de­lib­er­ate on the al­le­ga­tion that the state and party lead­er­ship were un­der the con­trol of the the rich fam­ily, known to be Zuma’s friends.

“All of us gath­ered here are fa­mil­iar with the cir­cu­lat­ing emails from news­pa­pers sources seek­ing to im­pugn the po­lit­i­cal stand­ing of many of our lead­ers so as to ul­ti­mately dele­git­im­sze the ANC and the ANC-led gov­ern­ment.

“Clearly the con­duct of the so called Gup­tas bour­geois and their un­end­ing ap­petite for wealth ac­cu­mu­la­tion had ex­posed the Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment to un­prece­dented at­tacks by this left fac­tion and leg­endary op­po­nents of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Revo­lu­tion,” he said.

He said the ANC should fight against all form of state cap­ture “ir­re­spec­tive of the colour of the po­ten­tial cap­tur­ers”.

Zikalala also said the pol­icy con­fer­ence should scru­ti­nise the rea­son be­hind ANC MPs’ “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” vot­ing against EFF’s of­fer of its sup­port in changing the Pri­vate Prop­erty Act in or­der to fast- track ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

“Our peo­ple want land ir­re­spec­tive of who brings it, and there­fore go­ing to na­tional con­fer­ence we must de­bate and dis­cuss the is­sue of land.

“If it means that we must co-op­er­ate tac­ti­cally with any other or­gan­i­sa­tion for peo­ple to get land let it be so be­cause it ful­fils the ob­jec­tive of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Revo­lu­tion,” he said.

PIC­TURE: MOTSHWARI MO­FO­KENG

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the Stephen Dlamini Memo­rial lec­ture at the Peace Ini­tia­tive Hall in Ix­opo yes­ter­day.

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