Mantashe calls for unity

2017-02-01 06:01
The ANC in the Northern Cape celebrated its 105th birthday in Douglas on Sunday (29/01). Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, the keynote speaker who addressed the hundreds of ANC supporters, called for unity in the organisation. Photo: Boipelo Mere

The ANC in the Northern Cape celebrated its 105th birthday in Douglas on Sunday (29/01). Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, the keynote speaker who addressed the hundreds of ANC supporters, called for unity in the organisation. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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ANC leaders are urged to compromise and put the needs of society first.

This remark was made by the Secretary General (SG) of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe, at the party’s 105th birthday celebration in Douglas on Sunday (29/01).

The celebration, which saw hundreds of ANC members streaming to the Douglas stadium, was united under the theme “OR Tambo Unity in Action”.

In the name of unity, Mantashe emphasised the need to “extend a hand to friends and foes” in an effort to unite the movement and the country.

Mantashe, along with partners of the ANC, spoke strongly against factionalism, disrupters and wedge drivers within the party.

The remarks were aimed at rumours of factionalism among ANC members in the Northern Cape due to a power struggle between provincial secretary Zamani Saul and Premier Sylvia Lucas.

All eyes are on the results of the elective provincial conference which will be revealed in February.

Mantashe called on members to have revolutionary discipline and to remember that what they do, reflects on the ANC.

He touched on the task at hand – building a strong ANC.

“Once you are in the office of the ANC, there is no private life.”

Mantashe encouraged the members to embody revolutionary morality and ethics like Oliver Tambo, whose behaviour had been above the ordinary.

According to him, OR Tambo gave up all his privileges and decided to join the struggle for liberation.

“You are expected to embody the image of the ANC in whatever you do,” Mantashe said.

“Factions must be undermined.”

According to Mantashe, unity that is aimed at fulfilling personal ambition was not instilled by the programme of the movement.

“One thing people who believe in factions appreciate, is that a faction may win a conference and actually lose power.”

Directed at the different provinces that are facing the 2017 national conference, Mantashe emphasised that their factions might stand to win it all, but run the risk of splitting the ANC down the middle.

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