Maritzburgers tell us what they think of a possible ANC split

2008-10-08 00:00

Yesterday, former Defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota hinted that a split within the ANC is imminent and criticised the party for departing from the Freedom Charter. The Witness took to the streets to find out what Maritzburgers thought about the turmoil and the possible breakaway party. This is what they said:

Eddie Da Silva felt that Lekota and other disaffected members have got no grounds for establishing a new party. “What we are seeing here is nothing but a clear case of sour grapes,” he said. “There is nothing bigger than the ANC that is led by Zuma. He [Zuma] is the next superpower, if I may put it like that.”

Another city resident, Stanley Solomon, believes, however, that a splinter party will work only if it does things differently from the way the ANC operates. “The only party that will be really successful is the one that will uphold Christian values. We need a party that will return to God.”

Khumbuzile Dlali said ANC supporters love their organisation and know the code of conduct that needs to be followed. “Lekota and his crew risk being regarded as drama queens who bully people … and when they get the taste of their own medicine, start crying foul. I don’t see the ANC leadership losing sleep over their possible defection.”

Delin Govender said he is not “too sure” what to think. “This is all too confusing to ordinary South Africans,” he said.

Lynne Slessor believes the ANC has departed from its principles, citing inflammatory and divisive statements made by ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

“I do not like the youth league guy [Julius Malema]. I think his statements are too forward. We should be working together to build a united country and should all get along.”

Throshni Govender, on the other hand, believes that only a Zuma-led party will be beneficial to the people of KZN. “I think that only a Zuma-led ANC will benefit KwaZulu-Natal because he is also from the province.”

Abdul Ismail thinks that a change in leadership of the country is needed and therefore feels that a splinter party will benefit the country. — WR.

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