Letter: No leader is above the ANC

The ANC’s NEC meeting just days after the historic local government elections is warmly welcomed.

As we welcome their resolutions, we need to remind our leaders mostly, and the branches that in the 2012 Mangaung 53rd ANC national conference, we took the same decisions on organisational renewal, in which we collectively resolved that this new phase will require maximum unity of the ANC and the alliance, enabling us to sharpen our capacity to advance and defend the national democratic revolution.

In this regard, the ANC’s strengths and weaknesses and priorities for organisational renewal were identified in order to reposition the ANC as we commence the revolutionary journey towards the second economy. We further mandated this current NEC, led by President Jacob Zuma, to develop a code of conduct booklet to be circulated to all branches, and to rotate the NEC and NWC meetings in all provinces so that we can interact with local structures and be close to people – but that didn’t happen.

Instead, factionalism emerged as the champion of our organisation. The ANC policies are clear and true to the Freedom Charter but arrogance, corruption, factionalism and membership rigging are devils.

We need to leave no stone [unturned] in addressing that.

It’s sad even today to see some calling themselves ANC leaders – mostly in Buffalo City Metro – still eliminating and isolating other comrades, still embarking on divisions, as if dropping from 25 PR seats to 15 seats in the council is a wonderful thing. No one is above the ANC. We must be harsh in defence of this hard-earned democracy.

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