CAPE TOWN, The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling party, must re-position itself by defeating infighting and factionalism, if it wants to continue leading the country, says South African and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Addressing delegates at the ANC Western Cape Province Policy Conference in Stellenbosch, near here, Sunday, he said: “Comrades if we do all these things, the African National Congress can truly be revitalised, the African National Congress can be repositioned and the organization can move away from focusing on internal battles and focus on running this country.
“Our people elected this government to govern the country, not to be looking out for internal squabbles in the African National Congress.”
Ramaphosa urged the party’s provincial delegates to come up with clear, revolutionary and practical policies as the ANC prepares for its Policy Conference later this month.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma, who is also ANC president, has acknowledged that it is a top priority to heal the rift between him and the ANC’s partners in the Tripartite Alliance — the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest labour federation.
Commented on the ANC’s strained relations with the two organizations on the sidelines of an ANC cadre’s meeting in Durban on Saturday, Zuma said the ANC would meet Cosatu and the SACP in the lead-up to the ANC’s elective conference in December.
Both the SACP and Cosatu have called on Zuma to step down as head of state amid allegations of State capture by the Gupta business family. However, Zuma would not be drawn further on the calls for him to step down.
We seriously need to discuss that with Cosatu and the party, even their pronouncement when we, the ANC, had not yet done so, those are matters I can’t dwell on much because those are matters that need a discussion between us,” Zuma said.
“Because as an alliance, it is important for us to discuss that, we had decided to meet first to have a meeting of the political council of the alliance which is the upper structure where we co-ordinate things.
Meawnhile, Cosatu’s second deputy president ,Zingiswa Losi, has criticised those endorsing former Afrian Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is also a former South African interior minister and foreign minister, to seek to become the next president of the ANC.
Losi lashed out at Dlamini-Zuma’s supporters during the SACP’s youth rally at Emalahleni in Mpumalanga Province on Sunday. Other speakers at the rally believe that those supporting Dlamini-Zuma, a former wife of President Zuma, using the gender card, are doing so to advance their own interests.
According to Losi, women have always been ready to occupy any position, but she added Cosatu supported Ramaphosa to lead the ANC after the party’s elective conference in December.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK