Bloemfontein - Various former ANC members in the Free
State were welcomed back into the organisation on Thursday.
"As we welcome you, from here you will go back to
your branch where you belong," provincial ANC secretary William Bulwane
told those who crammed into the auditorium at the Mangaung municipality's main
building in Bloemfontein.
Groups of new ANC supporters, who were rejoining, arrived
from Ficksburg and Fouriesburg to attend the media conference, which quickly
turned into an ANC gathering with singing and cheering.
Free State ANC deputy chair Thabo Manyone welcomed former
Free State Congress of the People (Cope) leader Casca Mokitlane back to the
Also at the meeting was former Free State Cope
heavyweight Charlotte Lobe.
Bulwane said most of those who filled the auditorium and
rejoined were former Cope and the Economic Freedom Fighters members.
"Therefore, as we deal with the process of
applications of these comrades in joining and rejoining the ANC, we expect that
such a process would be done at the branches where they live."
Bulwane said the ANC decided to hold the event after
former members, unhappy within opposition parties asked to rejoin the party.
"These who called to rejoin were not a surprise for
the ANC. Some we called back were members who sat at home not participating.
It's their organisation. Come back so that we could move South Africa
Bulwane did not mention any names, but members who were
linked to the "regime change" group that wanted Jacob Zuma ousted as
ANC president at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in 2012 were also
seen at the gathering.
It included former Free State ANC treasurer Moxilisi
Dukwane and former provincial secretary Sibongile Besani.