ANC moves to assure business

2008-09-28 00:00

Senior ANC leaders have been doing the rounds assuring different constituencies that the dramatic national developments within the party last week may have shaken up the South African political landscape, but not destabilised it.

Last night, ANC provincial chairman Dr Zweli Mkhize addressed the local business community at a dinner hosted by the Moses Mabhida region of the ANC.

Mkhize said the decision to recall Mbeki was not easy; it was carefully considered and, he believed, handled with sensitivity.

He added that recalling a leader is not punishment, nor should it be considered vindictive. The move was to make sure that the organisation was able to move on.

Mkhize said there was a lot of planning to ensure there was no unnecessary confusion. Cabinet was not asked to resign, but some individuals wanted to leave for their own reasons and he said the party respected their decision.

He said Thabo Mbeki will continue as a leader in the ANC, with tasks including the work he has been doing in Zimbabwe.

On speculation about a new party, Mkhize said the ANC is not worried. “The PAC did break off and we are not worried if another bit decided to come out of the ANC.”

Acknowledging the concern about Julius Malema, Mkhize said they are careful not to curtail the exuberance of youth, but are certain to call them to order.

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