Many, including our own have written ANC’s obituary – Nyanda

2016-12-17 18:57

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Johannesburg – Former Commander of the South African National Defence force and general in Umkhonto WeSizwe, Siphiwe Nyanda says they can no longer ignore the danger facing the ANC.

"Many people are beginning to lose faith in the movement which helped to bring about the downfall of apartheid and deliver democracy," Nyanda said.

He made the remarks to a room full of former combatants, which included ministers, ANC national executive committee members, one of the three remaining Rivonia trialist and some from the ANC's 101 stalwarts movement at an MK national council on Saturday.

Nyanda said many, including those in the ANC, had begun to write the almost 105-year-old movement’s obituary.

The gathering, which he helped to organise was aimed at discussing the state of the ANC, the state of the Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association and the ANC's veterans league.

"It is incumbent on us to help the ANC do well," he said.

President Jacob Zuma and ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela Mandela sent messages of support for the event, with the president writing that his wish would be for another MK national conference to take place next year.

‘Died in vain’

Nyanda said the 2016 municipal election results, which saw the party losing support in some key areas including the city of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg were a warning shot which could not be ignored.

"Let history record that we tried to prevail," said Nyanda.

He said they would not quietly allow the party to perish without attempting to resuscitate the liberation movement. Nyanda also highlighted that there was little time left in order to achieve this goal before the 2017 elective conference, where Zuma will step down as leader of the party.

"If we do not succeed, the dreams we dared to dream will become nightmares. Those who died so we may be free have died in vain," he told guests.

He also hit out at those who had claimed there was a sinister motive behind the gathering, saying it was not true. He said it was a well thought out idea, aimed only at trying to help the ANC find ways to address its challenges.

"We are not here to discuss Kebby, not here to discuss the president, this or that person. We are here to discuss issues."

On Thursday, treasurer general in the MKMVA Des Van Rooyen, at the 55th anniversary of the ANC liberation army seemed to hit out at the former commanders, telling those gathered at the event that there was only one MKMVA that was recognised by the ANC.

Nyanda said an invitation to their event was sent out to leaders of the MKMVA. The military association’s leaders will come under discussion throughout the day as leaders attempt to analyse whether or not it has fulfilled its role in looking after the welfare of former combatants.

"We do know that some leaders of some factions, who wanted to preserve their influence and interests, are mobilising resources to subvert internal democracy and corrupt branches of the ANC."

We may therefore be ignored and our efforts resisted and subverted, he said.

The former minister also said if this was the case then the ANC would surely die.

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