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Cape Town activist to re-launch UDF

2012-08-20 11:34

Cape Town - A Cape Town activist has vowed to re-launch the United Democratic Front (UDF) despite opposition from former party heavyweights, it was reported on Monday.

Mario Wanza told the Cape Times that he would go ahead with the re-launch on Monday at the Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain, the same place the movement was launched to the day, 29 years ago.

He said a group would march with the UDF flag from Parliament to Rocklands.

The UDF, an important anti-apartheid organisation, was dissolved in 1990.

According to the report, prominent former UDF members released a letter at the weekend voicing their opposition to Wanza's plan.

These included National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin.

"We regard ourselves as among the custodians of the rich and dynamic history of the UDF," the letter read.

"Consequently, we must guard against the opportunistic and ahistorical use of the symbols of the UDF, especially for what appears to be nefarious interests."

Wanza said he was bringing the UDF back because "it's time to go back to the Freedom Charter".

Comments
  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-20 11:43

    Just what we need...another minority party dividing the opposition. Spend your time working towards something with a point!

      ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:41

      The power of the UDF lay in the fact that it was non-sectarian. It brought all types of people that had a common vision of replacing the Apartheid system with a Democratic, non-racial and unitary one. This is an approach needed NOW to force unity in this nation.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-20 11:47

    Wooo, that will change things!! (sarcasm intended).

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-08-20 11:49

    Just vote DA

  • andres.dewet - 2012-08-20 12:13

    Oh dear, Mario Wanza has proven himself to be quite an opportunist these days, when it comes to community issues. Don't really trust him much. Think he's doing more for his ego than for the improvement of SA's political landscape.

      ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:47

      Well, how many politicians do you know that are not motivated by this narcissistic tendency? And how many lay-abouts and arm-chair critics do you know who are not paralysed by narcissism? Let comrade Mario Wanza do his bit in this freedom of association country!

  • lmnaidoo - 2012-08-20 12:18

    Custodians of the UDF..Please Pravin and Company think about what you guys stood for when we had the UDF and what you stand for now.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-20 12:36

      I think they all suffer from selective amnesia. The debilitating disease called stupidity and wanton greed infected all of them when the 2007 Polokwane mob took over.

      ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:48

      Well said Logan!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-20 13:38

    Another minority group trying to "enter" Parliament to earn huge wages for doing nothing. Have we not got enough parties doing nothing but enrich themselves are becoming corrupt?

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-08-20 15:09

    politics is not the answer, it's a side show, vukani maAfrica

      ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:50

      Explain your point, Bongani.

  • darra.pillay - 2012-08-20 16:26

    Lets Lets Lets ..... Maybe the morality that formed the very backbone, muscloe and strength of the struggle within the country will be resuscitated and will work itself back into mainstream struggle politics. Struggle politics? YES! the struggle continues. The focus has switched to another oppressor, arguably more cynically cruel than their predecessor, who cant spell the word 'LAW' and who believed, and still do, that they knew more of the country than those within ..... and did more for the struggle than those within.... and, naively, at the time we allowed them to do so!

      ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:51

      Love you Darra!

  • daniel.malan.7923 - 2012-08-20 23:36

    ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said: “The UDF was an organ of the ANC and we must teach that history to people because there are people who are trying to hijack the UDF.” And I say: F**K YOU DEAR SIR!!!

      ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:52

      Ouch! But, Songezo got it WRONG and probably deserves CuriousObserver vitriol!

  • ThaboRangaka - 2013-08-23 20:41

    "Consequently, we must guard against the opportunistic and ahistorical use of the symbols of the UDF, especially for what appears to be nefarious interests." WHAT KIND OF ARROGANCE is this! What do these "comrades" fear in the resuscitation of the UDF? They are aware, as most "Inzile" Liberation Struggle Veterans are, that the MASS DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT that the UDF was actually brought down the Apartheid Regime. It is time someone put the wheels back on the wagon that brought us liberation - the People's Movement under the Freedom Charter! Viva Comrade Mario Wanza! Get this wagon moving and save the democracy.

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