ANC wants to go back to basics

2016-10-05 06:00

THE leadership of the ruling ANC in the Free State held a two-day post-local government election summit in Bloemfontein.

The summit commenced on Monday, 26 September, and ended on Tuesday, 27 September, with leaders deliberating on how to consolidate the party’s support after the rude wake-up call of the dismal run in the local government election.

Also in attendance were the Women’s League and the Youth League.

The summit was prompted by the party’s dismal run nationally, losing the three metros of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape and Tshwane and Johannesburg in Gauteng.

In the Free State, it lost the Metsimaholo Local Municipality in Sasolburg.

William Bulwane, the ANC’s provincial general secretary, said the party appears weak in all of its structures following the 3 August local elections.

The leadership met to do introspection and to search for answers after the poor performance in the local government election.

Bulwane highlighted the ANC’s loss of three major metros and the municipality in the Free State. He said it reflected on the declining voter support for the party.

“We acknowledge that our structures are weak, our regions are weak, our provinces are weak and nationally we are also weak,” he said.

Bulwane said the predicament facing the ruling party prompted self-reflection to build a stronger ANC ahead of the 2019 general election.

Arrogance, corruption, infighting and factionalism are some of the thorns stinging the organisation, Bulwane said.

He said breakdown of the party’s culture and bulk buying of membership by branches was destroying the party.

Bulwane criticised party members utilising their wealth to buy branch members to control the organisation.

“We have lost the culture of the ANC, we have adopted a foreign culture,” he said, referring to internal-squabbles over power.

He said the ANC says it is determined to go back to basics and deliver on its promises to the people of South Africa.

Bulwane stressed that the ANC will not die in the lifetime of the present leadership, further calling on members to reconnect with the masses.

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