'Unity in Action' appropriate now more than ever - Mkhize

2017-01-08 10:54
ANC supporters (Lerato Sejake, News24)

ANC supporters (Lerato Sejake, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The ANC's theme for its January 8 statement for 2017, "Unity in Action", is more relevant now than it has ever been, the party's Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize says.

- Follow the Live Update.

He made the remarks ahead of President Jacob Zuma's address at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

"Unity is more relevant now, we have been dealing with all the factions, divisions and conflicts with the selection of candidates," he told journalists.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga was one of those who questioned the chosen theme, saying a much stronger one was needed.

"You can't use the same message that you used during peacetime, you have to show people you understand the urgency of the condition," said Mathekga.

Mkhize said the idea of unity was part of the ANC's brand.

"Unity in action is something that is part of the culture of the ANC. It was founded on the basis of unity of all the people of South Africa."

He said the theme was also an ode to the 105-year-old liberation movement's longest serving president Oliver Tambo.

"He was the one who kept the ANC united for the longest time as a single president for over 30 years despite all the challenges."

The theme of Unity in Action is appealing to the spirit of Tambo's leadership, Mkhize said.


Read more on:    anc  |  zweli mkhize  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.