ANC members speaking out on Zuma are damaging party - NEC

2016-04-13 17:23
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Port Elizabeth - Members of the African National Congress's National Executive Committee (NEC) have called on structures within the party not to speak out on the Constitutional Court ruling against President Jacob Zuma, saying doing so was damaging the reputation of the party.

This follows a statement from the ANC's Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in Gauteng which said that, while it accepted Zuma's apology over Nkandla, it did not believe it was enough to restore confidence in the ruling party.

A number of senior members of the ANC were expected to descend on Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend ahead of the party's launch of their local government elections manifesto on Saturday.

Speaking at the press briefing on Wednesday, NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane said the ANC was dealing with the issue, but called on their members and the general public to give them time to follow internal processes.

"[On] the issue of the Constitutional Court judgment, the ANC has never said, let's just move on. The ANC says there has to be compliance with the decision of the court and that rests with government.

"But within the African National Congress, we have also identified things that we have to deal with as the organisation internally, lessons we have learnt out of it," she said.

"We urge South Africans, we urge everybody, including yourselves [the media], to respect and appreciate the internal processes that the ANC is dealing with."

Mokonyane said the NEC would convene next month to discuss the matter, and hopefully bring it to conclusion.

"The ANC operates on the basis of democratic centralism, correction and self-correction of the movement. Self-correction is most important," she said. 

"We are also urging our own members that the energy of people convening meetings and doing things, it must be about maximising unity of the African National Congress, focusing on the agenda of the ANC, rather than contestation of who said what against whatever."

National ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa echoed Mokonyane's sentiments and called on members not to bring the ANC into disrepute.

He warned that it was not in the interest of the party "to see and hear members speaking out about the organisation".

"It is hurting the organisation and it damages the image of the organisation," he said.

"Whether it is veterans, whether it is PECs, who yesterday came out in numbers - it does not strengthen the ANC.

"And we hope that, going forward, all our comrades will appreciate that at some point, there are some things that we need to do in order to strengthen the unity of the African National Congress," Kodwa said.

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