Don't take part in #OccupyLuthuliHouse - Gauteng ANC

2016-09-04 11:42

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng ANC's provincial executive committee is discouraging its members from participating in the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaign on Monday, which is seeking President Jacob Zuma's resignation. 

The PEC instead called on its members to wait for a possible "special national consultative conference". 

"The extended PEC decided to strongly discourage all members of the ANC in Gauteng from participating in the campaign to occupy the ANC headquarters on Monday," provincial secretary Hope Papo said in a statement. 

"The PEC believes the challenges facing the ANC can only be resolved through proper and structured organisational processes such as the special national consultative conference that we are calling for."

Papo said party members should "remain disciplined". 

He added that the Gauteng PEC held its meeting this weekend to undertake a "comprehensive assessment of the outcome of the local government elections and to develop an appropriate organisational response". 

The meeting adopted decisions on how to rebuild the ANC into an effective leader of society that could unite the country around the agenda for radical social and economic transformation. 

"The most important decision taken by the extended PEC meeting unanimously is the call for a broad ANC-led special national consultative conference attended by the alliance as well as different formations and sectors of the democratic movement who are committed to thoroughgoing transformation," he said. 

The consultative conference would assess the state of the nation and agree on the necessary interventions as well as those needed to, "unite, rebuild and renew the ANC and its alliance," he said. 

Ordinary ANC members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House on Monday to demand Zuma  and the party's national executive committee's resignations. 

One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices, when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting.

Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

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