ANC: No purging of members from key positions

2008-02-04 00:00

Cape Town — The African National Congress yesterday moved to reassure members of the organisation that there is no programme to purge members from key positions.

In a statement following post-Polokwane interactions between party structures and the leadership, the ANC stressed that the organisation “belongs to all its members equally”.

“The ANC reiterates once again that there is no programme to remove any ANC deployees from their positions on the basis of any views they may have held in preparation for the Polokwane conference. The standard organisational practices, with respect to deployment and redeployment, will continue as normal,” the ANC said.

“Fears of a purge … are without basis. All members are charged with working together to build the unity of our movement and the unity of our people.”

The assurances followed similar ones made by ANC president Jacob Zuma at the weekend, during which he told 3 000 party members at the organisation’s 96th birthday celebrations in the Free State that there is no purge and that talk of a purge is speculation by the media.

Speculation was rife at the weekend that backers of President Thabo Mbeki could be removed from their positions and replaced by Zuma supporters.

The national leadership of the ANC has been visiting structures of the organisation over the past two weeks to communicate the outcomes of the 52nd National Conference held in Polokwane last year towards the implementation of the programme of action for 2008.

The ANC said this is in line with the conference resolution that there should be a period of renewal of the values, character and organisational practices of the ANC.

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