MK vets voted into KZN executive

2010-07-16 00:00

THE local uMkonto Wesizwe Military Veterans’ Assocition (MKMVA) in the Moses Mabhida region, will for the first time have two representatives sitting on the ANC’s provincial executive committee.

The association held its elective conference at Thornbush Inn in Ashburton at the weekend where an executive committee was nominated to leadership positions.

An MKVA PEC deployee, Skhumbuzo Qwabe, said that in picking the new committee, members were mindful that they needed individuals who can contribute to strengthening the ANC and contribute positively in dealing with some of the challenges facing the organisation.

He said these challenges include unity in the ruling party’s alliance. “As MKVA we want to appeal to members of the alliance not to discuss matters in the media, but to rather have robust, critical and constructive discussions within the organisation.”

Qwabe who gave the keynote address at the conference, said the problem of careerism in politics needs to be addressed by all organisations in the alliance. “In the past before you became a fully representative South African Communist Party member, you were given a probation period of two years. This was so you could understand the principles of the party. Political education was very important. These days it seems people are jumping from one organisation to another in an attempt to get positions for themselves in government. There has to be discussion among the alliance partners to put a stop to this careerism,” he said.

The association will make a strong push within the organisation to rebuild the culture of the ANC, reminding people of the party’s history, he added

“This year the 55th anniversary of the the Freedom Charter on 26 June was overlooked. We need to celebrate these milestones to remind people of where we came from.”

In line with the theme of the conference, Qwabe said members need to ask whether they are ready to serve. “Are we prepared to be selfless, do we still stand for the principles we had when we joined the struggle for liberation?” he asked.

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