Calls for early ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence fac­tional – SACP

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CAPE TOWN — The SA Com­mu­nist Party be­lieves the ANC should con­vene a non­elec­tive con­fer­ence and that calls for an early elec­tive con­fer­ence were fac­tional in in­tent.

The ANC Youth League and other or­gan­i­sa­tions within the rul­ing party have called for an early elec­tive con­fer­ence.

The ANCYL was be­ing used by others to test the wa­ters in this re­gard, the SACP said yes­ter­day.

“The SACP is firmly of the be­lief that the mo­ti­va­tion for this call is en­tirely fac­tional. If fol­lowed through it will re­sult in deep­en­ing dis­unity within the ANC and across its al­liance. The win­ners will in­herit a shell or­gan­i­sa­tion,” the SACP said in a state­ment.

Those mak­ing the call for an elec­tive con­fer­ence were not even dis­guis­ing their fac­tional in­ten­tions, the SACP said.

“They have learnt noth­ing from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. Nor have they learnt any­thing from the pre­ma­ture con­ven­ing, against the ad­vice of the ANC NEC it­self, of the KZN ANC provin­cial con­fer­ence which has sim­ply deep­ened di­vi­sions within a for­merly united ANC prov­ince.”

There would be great merit in con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a na­tional ANC con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence be­fore the na­tional con­fer­ence.

This should be a non-elec­tive event, the SACP stressed, with ANC prov­inces be­ing ac­corded an equal num­ber of del­e­gates to avoid end­less ac­cred­i­ta­tion dis­putes.

“The aim of the con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence should be to unify the ANC and in­deed the broader al­liance on a prin­ci­pled pro­gram­matic ba­sis,” they said.

“Agree­ment should be reached, if pos­si­ble, on the tran­si­tion to a new lead­er­ship, and, at the very least on mech­a­nisms to en­sure that the De­cem­ber 2017 con­fer­ence will not be char­ac­terised by a shoot-out be­tween win­ner-takes-all mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive slates. Re­gard­less of the win­ning slate, such an out­come will sim­ply ac­cel­er­ate the de­cline of the ANC.”

Con­sid­er­a­tion should also be given to invit­ing se­nior and re­spected vet­er­ans of the move­ment, and other “pro­gres­sive forces” like the South African Coun­cil of Churches.

“Let us be pre­pared to lis­ten to those whose crit­i­cism of us is mo­ti­vated by a gen­uine con­cern about the fu­ture of our move­ment and our coun­try, and not by petty per­son­al­ity ha­treds or an in­vet­er­ate anti-ANC po­si­tion.” — Sapa

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