Jakes Gerwel Foundation: Urgent corrective action needed from ANC

2016-04-08 12:08
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Cape Town - The Jakes Gerwel Foundation has joined three other stalwarts’ organisations in calling for the ANC National Executive Committee to restore "visionary cohesion and nation building in this hour of need in SA".

This after Dr Frene Ginwala, chairperson of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation; Professor Njabulo Ndebele, chairperson of the board of trustees of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; and Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, acting on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, handed over a letter to the NEC last month expressing their concern about the political climate in the country.

They said they were disturbed by several accounts they had received from students, religious leaders, members of the community, the media and civil society organisations.

The group called on the party to take decisive responsibility by implementing urgent "corrective" actions in the interests of all South Africans ahead of an NEC meeting in March.

The letter said that, based on unfolding events, it appeared that the ANC, in its present form, had significantly drifted away from the ideals on which the party was founded.

Revelations by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former MP Vytjie Mentor that they had been offered Cabinet positions by the Gupta family resulted in the public and some party members calling for the NEC to take action against Zuma.

On Thursday, Foundation chairperson Fred Robertson in a statement said the organisation believed Gerwel – a "loyal, lifelong servant of the struggle for the liberation and upliftment of South Africa’s people" – would have supported the stalwarts’ intervention.

"As his foundation, we do so on his behalf. The ideal of the non-aligned global humanism informs the vision of his foundation, and hence underscores the call for positive and constructive engagement of all stakeholders in South African society," he said.

The organisation encouraged others to also support this initiative, and said it was pleased that the party had indicated that it wanted to engage further with the foundations.

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