Alliance leaders must 'sober up' and confront issues - Sanco

2016-08-28 11:30

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The South African National Civic Organisation's national executive committee (NEC) has called for an urgent Tripartite Alliance political council to address the decline in support for the ruling ANC.

This would also be in preparation for the 2019 general elections, Sanco said in a statement on Sunday.

Following a two-day NEC meeting, Sanco general secretary, Skhumbuzo Mpanza, called on alliance leaders to "sober up" and realise that it would be a huge betrayal to be in denial about what needs to be done to save the national democratic revolution.

“We have collectively paid dearly for the arrogance and corruption that we should have dealt with decisively and not cowered and retreated at their advance. It is now time for a gear-changer,” he said.

Mpanza said areas of discontent that were raised by communities and those that influenced them not to vote for the ANC had to be confronted and resolved.

If the ANC lost power, he said, South African communities, especially the poor, would bear the brunt of policies that were not pro-poor.

Undermines governance

Concerns were also raised about the public spats between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Priority Crime Investigative Directorate, known at the Hawks.

The spat was not in the interests of the country’s economic recovery plan, Sanco said.

The Hawks have accused the minister of corruption and called on Gordhan to present himself at their offices on Thursday last week.

Gordhan defied the order.

“Although we subscribe to the principle of equality before the law and believe that Gordhan's non-cooperation could set a bad precedent, misinformation as well as blow-by-blow investigation through the media undermines confidentiality, co-operative governance and professionalism," Mpanza said.

"We appeal for due processes of the law to be followed and for the minister to cooperate with the investigation."

Read more on:    anc  |  sanco  |  sacp  |  cosatu  |  cape town  |  local elections 2016  |  politics  |  service delivery

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.