Forces of Change can stay in ANC

2013-01-07 00:00

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said dissidents who voted to oust leader Jacob Zuma should go about freely within the ruling party.

“There must be no aftermath after Mangaung to persecute those who hold a minority view,” Mantashe said at the ­Billy Nair memorial lecture at Brake Village Temple Hall in Tongaat on Saturday.

Durban-born Nair was among the Rivonia trialists and a political prisoner on Robben Island.

Mantashe quelled fears of an impending purge in the party’s senior structures.

His conciliatory remarks came ahead of the ANC’s 101st anniversary celebrations to be held this weekend in Durban.

However, Mantashe warned members of a group called Forces of Change not to be “provocative” while enjoying protection from the leadership.

Mantashe’s statement echoed President Jacob Zuma’s call for unity when he urged delegates to the Mangaung conference not to ostracise those who exercised their right to stand for election.

In that group is deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, who stood for election against Zuma and lost.

Mantashe warned ANC Youth League members that the Mangaung conference had mandated its disbandment if they misbehaved.

He called for tougher action against corrupt members who gave the general perception that “ANC people are corrupt”.

•mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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