ANCYL slams 'posh exile babies' for opportunistic Zuma resignation call

2016-04-13 19:12
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Johannesburg - Children of ANC leaders and veterans who have called for action to be taken against President Jacob Zuma are showcasing the highest form of opportunism, the ANC Gauteng's women, youth and veterans leagues said on Wednesday.

In a briefing in Johannesburg, ANC youth league chairperson Matome Chiloane told reporters that "exile babies have come out of their posh environments to throw muscle-less weight behind the Zuma Must Fall sound bite".

In a letter sent to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, published on Business Day's website last week, the 42 signatories said they were writing to express, on the record, their "deep concern".

"We are particularly perturbed by the developments within our movement which appear to demonstrate a conflation of loyalty to our revolutionary cause with loyalty to individuals – at the expense of the integrity and moral standing of our movement."

The group, which included relatives of Walter Sisulu and uMkhonto weSizwe veteran, Mavuso Msimang, wrote that they were specifically "outraged" by the movement's response to the Constitutional Court's judgment regarding President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, as it was not "capable of misinterpretation".

They claimed that the ANC leadership and Zuma's response had "fundamentally undermined the moral integrity" of the party.

They called on the NEC to call a special national congress as a matter of urgency to "assess the conduct of the organisation and the leadership and to determine the appropriateness of the leadership to take the organisation forward".

On Wednesday, Chiloane accused them of trying to short-circuit organisational processes and riding on the credentials of their parents.

"We view this as the highest form of opportunism, truly unbecoming of individuals who claim to be born in the organisation.

"We advise them to quickly familiarise themselves with the constitution of the organisation, which clearly articulates which structures can call for a special congress and stop exposing their ignorance and misguided heightened view of themselves."

Read more on:    anc  |  ancyl  |  jacob zuma  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics

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