101 ANC stalwarts warn party needs urgent introspection

2016-10-28 05:56

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Johannesburg - A group of 101 long-standing ANC members has called on the party to embark on a corrective process to "reclaim the trust of society and moral high ground" before it is too late.

"Communities that have looked to the ANC for leadership and who we should serve, increasingly see self-enrichment, corruption, nepotism and the abuse of power – the moral high ground that the ANC enjoyed being lost," they wrote in a statement.

The signatories include former ministers Trevor Manuel, Essop Pahad and Aziz Pahad, Siphiwe Nyanda, Sydney Mufamadi, Alec Erwin, Barbara Hogan, Speaker of Parliament Frenie Ginwala and party stalwarts including Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni and Getrude Shope.

Other signatories are former ambassadors Barbara Masekela, Dumi Matabane and clergyman father Smangaliso Mkhatswa.

"As stalwarts and long-serving members of the ANC, we have profound responsibility to the movement and the country to ensure that the principles and values of the ANC are not destroyed."

The group held a meeting on Tuesday after a lacklustre response from ANC president Jacob Zuma and secretary general Gwede Mantashe to their letters "and individual attempts to engage on an introspection process".

Internal structures 'largely dysfunctional'

"Regrettably, the response by the [office of the secretary general] has focused on administrative and structural internal processes of the movement and appears to show a lack of awareness of the urgency the signatories feel," the group said in a statement.

The group disagrees, labelling the internal structures as "largely dysfunctional" and inadequate to respond to the urgency of the challenges. They believe their initiative will get support from ANC members.

"We believe that the overwhelming majority of ANC members who are committed to the real values of the ANC will understand this and give their support to any initiative that helps strengthen the movement, government, the role of parliament and the institutions of the state to ensure the necessary corrections take place, before it is too late," the statement reads.

The group has also thrown their support behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Sars boss Oupa Magashula and former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

"We strongly believe the charges are without foundation and clearly show a misuse of state agencies when the NPA and other agencies should be focusing on cases of corruption and the misuse of public funds."

The group has urged members of the public and ANC stalwarts to show their support to the three when they appear at the Pretoria regional court on November 2.

Read more on:    anc  |  pravin ­gordhan  |  oupa magashula  |  ivan pillay

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