ANC owes no one, KZN youth league tells children of exiled stalwarts

2016-04-09 10:00
In this file photo taken on February 11 2016 President Jacob Zuma, arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation address. (Mike Hutchings, File)

In this file photo taken on February 11 2016 President Jacob Zuma, arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation address. (Mike Hutchings, File)

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Durban - The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has hit back at the children of ANC exiled stalwarts who are calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation.

“Just because your father was Walter Sisulu, it does not mean you can speak on behalf of Walter Sisulu… No one forced Walter Sisulu to serve this organisation when he was still alive. He joined voluntarily,” said youth league provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo on Friday.

He was addressing a special executive provincial committee meeting at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Edgewood Campus in Pinetown.

The youth league was irked by a letter that was reportedly sent to secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday.  

A Business Day report said the letter was signed by 40 former members of “Masupatsela” or “young pioneers”, children born and raised in exile.

ANC veterans

The letter reportedly called for a special conference to elect a new leader and said Zuma should be removed for embarrassing the party following last week’s damning Constitutional Court ruling.

The court ruled that Zuma flouted the Constitution and that the Public Protector's remedial action was binding.

Sabelo said: “The children of those who served in our movement in the struggle have confused our indebtedness to their parents to mean the movement owes them.

“This movement owes no one, everyone serves this movement and subsequently serves our people at the behest of this movement and voluntarily.”

He also took a jibe at ANC veterans who have joined the growing call for Zuma to resign.

“We are combat ready to defend this movement, titles aside.

“It does not matter whether you are Barbara Hogan, the wife of Ahmed Kathrada, we will defend this movement against you if you attack it.”

Sabelo said calls for Zuma to resign were “unfounded and irrational”.

“Some of those who have joined the band [calling for Zuma to resign] are rejects of the ANC, they left the party because they lacked understanding of the movements’ complexity and today they stand as [our] enemies… wanting to influence it from the outside using opportunists from within.”

He said: “Any isithwalandwe [the highest honour bestowed on a veteran] who publicly engages his organisation does not deserve the honour bestowed [on him]. If you are isithwalandwe, you cannot criticise from a distance, come inside and engage the party.”

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