ANCYL: Elders must stop embarrassing the party

2016-08-26 21:39
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Cape Town - African National Congress elders must stop dragging the party's name through the mud and embarrassing the movement, the ANC Youth League said on Friday.

It accused stalwart Sipho Pityana of being unruly and disruptive at the funeral of former sports minister Makhenkhesi Stofile, in Alice in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, it said in a statement.

“We never expected Sipho Pityana to stoop so low,” the league said. It expressed dismay at Pityana's speech, in which he questioned the ethics of some ANC leaders.

“These comrades who chose a funeral service to vent their anger and frustration should have known better that African value systems and customs do not allow this, no matter how one seeks to please his fellow counter-revolutionaries.”

Unity call

In his speech at the funeral, Pityana said the results of the August 3 local government elections showed the ANC was in crisis. He expressed disappointment at President Jacob Zuma's reaction to the Constitutional Court’s ruling on March 31 that he had violated the Constitution.

“It sounded like the second Rubicon by FW De Klerk: He failed to rise to the occasion," said Pityana, in reference to the Rubicon speech given by PW Botha in August 1985.

“I know we're a movement in denial, for when we talk about why it is we are where we are, we say it is because of the negative and hostile media. Maybe it is.

“We say it is because Western governments are driving an agenda for a regime change. Maybe it is.

“We say it is because of clever blacks who are ill-disciplined and arrogant. We say it is NGOs who are agents of foreign interests, but comrade Stoff would have none of it,” Pityana said.

The ANC Youth League said nobody in the ANC was more a member than anybody else, regardless of how long they had served. It expected former leaders in the party to protect the ANC's name and foster unity.

“They must allow the organisation to regenerate itself for better, even if it means without them. They now have no vision and feel that they have done their part, yet they are busy disrupting those that were elected by membership,” the league said.

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