Stop immature Sanco-ANC bickering – Jacob Zuma

2014-01-18 09:31

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President Jacob Zuma has moved to quell tensions between members of the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and the ANC, saying bickering between members of the alliance partners was unnecessary and immature.

This comes as another alliance partner, Cosatu, is at war with itself and divided over whether to support the ANC in the upcoming general elections, with its largest affiliate, Numsa, refusing to campaign for the ANC ahead of the polls.

Speaking in his capacity as president of the ANC at the fifth conference of Sanco at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha last night, Zuma said the two alliance partners needed to work together to resolve the country’s challenges and defend the revolution.

“We must develop sound rules of engagement between Sanco and ANC members at branch level. The tension in branches of the ANC and Sanco is uncalled for and immature,” he said.

The president called for peace and stability between the two organisations, saying violent protests in communities showed there was no proper coordination between the two parties.

“These protests must be guided and principled. We are not saying that people must not protest, they have a right to do so, but must do so responsibly.

“There is no need for clashes between Sanco and ANC branches. We need a programme to deal with these tensions because this thing is delaying our revolution and progress,” Zuma said.

“You must change your focus. You must deal with issues and not each other because if you fight with your comrades, you are being reactionary.”

Zuma then moved to highlight the ruling party’s successes during 20 years of democracy, saying it was an undisputed fact that the country was a better place now than it was before 1994.

He said the party’s election machinery was “well oiled” and equipped to deliver an overwhelming victory to the ANC in the elections.

“We are ready for a full majority. The election gear is fully engaged and the election machinery is well oiled. Let’s spare no effort to convince our people to vote for the ANC,” he said, adding that the government was ready to implement what was in the party’s election manifesto.

The economy has grown because of the policies of the ANC, said Zuma.

He said the National Development Plan, his administration’s blueprint for the country’s development until 2030, should be embraced by all as the vision for the future.

He called on Sanco to mobilise communities to vote for the ANC.

“No voter must not vote just because they are sick. They must carry their drips with them to the voting station and vote for the ANC and defend the revolution,” he said.

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