Zuma calls for end to breakaway parties
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.
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the Stephen Dlamini Memorial lecture at the Peace Initiative Hall in Ixopo yesterday.