Parties hail possible ANC power split

2008-10-08 00:00

Cape Town — While opposition parties yesterday hailed the hint of breakaway party by former ANC chair Mosiua Lekota as good for democracy, Cosatu joined the ANC in lambasting the move.

Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven slammed the move as a publicity stunt and called on Lekota and his followers to reconsider their “disastrous stance”.

DA leader Helen Zille said the move would loosen up the power centre. “The possibility of a breakaway party is good news. The political logham will break up.”

Freedom Front leader Pieter Mulder said Lekota “crossed the Rubicon”. “He cannot, without great difficulty, turn back,” he said.

ID leader Patricia de Lille said the move shows that the ANC in-fighting had reached breaking point. “The ID respects anyone’s constitutional right to form a new party … ”

Craven said the departure had nothing to do with the Freedom Charter, but a refusal to embrace democracy. “… [This] is a class act by people not happy about the general direction of the ANC.

The ANC through Polokwane has remained a liberation movement of all freedom-loving South Africans, but a liberation movement that has a bias towards the workers and the poor.”

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the issues raised by Lekota should be debated beyond the ANC.

“We have reached a point in South Africa in which the divide between the ruling party and the state has collapsed and matters affecting the ruling party have become matters of state affecting the future of our Republic. Under these circumstances, it is therefore imperative for anyone to take an interest,’’ Buthelezi said.

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