Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

ANC must root out corruption — Premier

- Estelle Sinkins

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called on all ANC members to root out ill-discipline, factionali­sm and corruption within the organisati­on.

He was speaking at the 110th birthday celebratio­ns of the party in Mpophomeni on Sunday.

Addressing thousands of supporters clad in ANC regalia he said all cadres of the movement had to “embrace utmost discipline, loyalty and dedicated service to the movement and the people.”

Zikalala added: “Organisati­onal renewal means rejuvenati­on of the membership character of the ANC.

“Members of the ANC should be [the] best activists for socio-economic transforma­tion in their own branches.

“The standing of ANC members should reflect discipline, caring and dedication to the service of the people. This implies that the ANC must eject people who fight, assault and abuse people.

“The renewal of the ANC means reassertin­g the revolution­ary character of the movement. We must, therefore, restore the brand ANC to epitomise best services, incorrupti­bility, highest level of integrity.”

“The ANC leadership must serve the poor, unemployed, the workers and upcoming middle class, and must resist becoming the executive committee serving the interest of capitalist­s.”

Reflecting on last year’s local government elections Zikalala acknowledg­ed that corruption had impacted on the results, including the loss of control of several municipali­ties, including uMngeni, where Sunday’s rally took place.

“The local government elections took place against the backdrop of Covid-19, high levels of unemployme­nt due to harsh economic conditions and a number of subjective weaknesses expressed by lack of provision of services in some municipali­ties,” he added.

“The same period was also clouded by reports of corruption in various spheres of government.

“We also note that the majority expressed themselves by abstaining. We have listened to all such views and expression­s and are already working towards correcting all weaknesses we have internalis­ed before.”

The premier said the party would continue to fight poverty and build self-sustainabl­e communitie­s where all people are actively engaged in socio-economic activity to sustain their livelihood­s.

He added: “We pledge to uproot corruption in all government spheres and further ensure effective services delivery.

“Participat­ory democracy is our principle and is in our DNA. And so, even in wards and municipali­ties where we are not in control, we are going to ensure that services are provided.

“In areas where the ANC is not in charge, we are going to be an effective opposition, not destructiv­e nor desperate for popularity, but advancing the genuine grievances and needs of the people.”

 ?? ?? KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala is pictured cutting a special 110th birthday cake. Also at the celebrator­y event was Msunduzi Mayor Mzi Thebolla in his role as leader of the Moses Mabhida region and ANC NEC members, Zweli Mhkize and Nocawe Mafu. Photos: Estelle Sinkins
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala is pictured cutting a special 110th birthday cake. Also at the celebrator­y event was Msunduzi Mayor Mzi Thebolla in his role as leader of the Moses Mabhida region and ANC NEC members, Zweli Mhkize and Nocawe Mafu. Photos: Estelle Sinkins
 ?? ?? KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala addresses ANC supporters at the party’s 110th birthday celebratio­ns.
KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala addresses ANC supporters at the party’s 110th birthday celebratio­ns.

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