New party 'not linked to ANC'

2012-11-07 09:54

Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters dismissed the idea that a new political party, the SA National Congress, could have been registered by those who want change in the ANC.

"It has come to our attention that there are people who are spreading rumours," the group said in a statement.

It was a "rumour" that "those who advocate for change of leadership and policy direction in the ANC" had registered the new party.

"We place it on record that there is no political party registered to stand against the ANC, because the ANC will be saved from dictatorship, corruption, fraud, tribalism, mediocrity and manipulations at the 53rd National Conference in December 2012."

Those spreading the rumour were supporters of President Jacob Zuma, the group alleged.

The media should be careful about its reporting, as no such political party had been registered.

"The IEC has not published any Gazette on [the] formation of SANC, and yet Business [Day] and The Times write news reports as if there is such a Gazette," the group said.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said his party would oppose the SANC's registration.

"If it is true that there are people who intend to register their party with the name of the South African National Congress, the ANC will oppose such registration," he said.

"At the moment, we are investigating whether there is any truth in this matter."

So far the party had been unable to identify any person involved.

However, it was true the ANC would appeal the registration, as the name would confuse the public, Mthembu said.

Business Day reported on Tuesday that a new political party - SANC - was being launched.

A notice was published in the Government Gazette last month to announce the formation of the SANC, the daily reported.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told the newspaper he was aware of the party's registration, but did not know who its founders were.

The ANC would file an objection with the Independent Electoral Commission about the party's name, he said.

Quoting an unnamed government official, Business Day reported that the party was associated with a group which called itself "forces of change" and was opposed to President Jacob Zuma being re-elected as ANC leader.

The group wanted Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as the next ANC president, and if this did not happen, it hoped to launch a new opposition party before the next general elections in 2014.

  • gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-07 10:10

    Now here is some good news! Maybe we will get a functioning democracy where the ruling party is held accountable by parliament.

      donald.perumal - 2012-11-07 11:03

      @gary.guy This has nothing to do with "democratic governace" it just contextualises the "recent choas in the mining industry" and manipulation of the Unions.After all there are tenders to be won and friends to please!

      valentino.ndaba.9 - 2012-11-07 13:33

      The citizens of South Africa need not be obliged and limited to support the existing parties which a majority would deem "dysfunctional" or to a lesser extent "ideological groups". An alternative is always an effective back up plan in case things fall apart, as it seems they've already begun crumbling and cracking.

      mariusoost - 2012-11-08 08:44

      If the ANC did split... READ: "Splitting the ANC Atom"

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-07 10:11

    ANC Running Scared!! LOL

  • timothy.tanzer.5 - 2012-11-07 10:15

    'However, it was true the ANC would appeal the registration, as the name would confuse the public, Mthembu said.' Why would it confuse the public Mthembu? Brainwashed them too much or are you calling them stupid?

      valentino.ndaba.9 - 2012-11-07 13:20

      That's a very good question Timothy. The ANC seems to be threatebed by any form of opposition and that raises suspicion on my side, because if they are confident of the public service and leadership they have engaged in during the Zuma presidency than I'm sure they would not be shaken by any new parties emerging. And I also feel that the SANC will present people with a sense of "choice", as it seems the exsiting political parties have not functioned to the expectation and satisfaction of our civil society.

  • daleinn - 2012-11-07 10:23

    new competition to throw votes away , and lose a majority stronghold.. I wonder if the lack of control of the immigration status of the country, and will not play a role in the voting numbers , with the media revealling the spate of fraudulent ids floating around?? have we ensured power stays in the hands of the majority or a demise thereoff , with the power hungry , somewhere along the lines , this greed is bound to split up an alliance of any form!!! watch the press for details....

      mariusoost - 2012-11-08 08:44

      If the ANC did split... READ: "Splitting the ANC Atom"

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-07 10:58

    Sounds like Malemnmer

      mariusoost - 2012-11-08 08:44

      If the ANC did split... READ: "Splitting the ANC Atom"

  • valentino.ndaba.9 - 2012-11-07 13:26

    One idea I fail to grasp understanding of is the anonymity attached to the founders or representatives of the emerging SANC. How do they expect to gain the trust and support of the general public if there is only a faceless voice behind the banner of the SANC?

  • Ntsakolette Dee - 2012-11-08 07:51

    How could any sane person expect to gain a lil, if not full support, when they want to remain anonymous? this is errant nonsense. These perpetual formation of parties are frivolous.

  • mariusoost - 2012-11-08 08:44

    If the ANC did split... READ: "Splitting the ANC Atom"

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