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11 Jan 2020

“Amandla! ANC lives, ANC leads” Ramaphosa wraps up.

11 Jan 2020

WATCH | ‘We will demolish any factions that we see in our way’ - ANC secretary in the Northern Cape

11 Jan 2020

The amended refugee regulations act has been misunderstood, ANC sub-committee chair of international relations Lindiwe Zulu said on Saturday in the sidelines of the party’s 108 celebrations. 

Zulu said the act didn’t completely prevent refugees from participating in political activities but rather for things to be done in an orderly fashion. 

"This legislation, if you go deeper into it you will also recognise that people can be able to engage in political activities, but there has got to be order," she said. 

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the Refugees Amendment Act, which came into effect on January 1.

But the changes have drawn criticism for the banning of refugees from participating in active politics. Some saw it as a way of encouraging xenophobia and something which was at odds with the ANC's history, News24 previously reported.

"We have to be able to do something in support of our own people first and foremost. Our first responsibility goes to our people, but at the same time we cannot ignore challenges facing our African people. It's important for us to make sure that all these things are regulated. 

"It's important for us to make that people who come from outside are regulated as refugees and then being categorised at different status of being a refugee. It's also important for us to make sure that they also appreciate the challenges that we face as government towards our own people and therefore even the political activities that we are talking about. There isn’t a nation in the world that doesn’t pass legislation and regulation that makes things easy for its own people."

11 Jan 2020

Last night President Ramaphosa said he hopes his speech will invoke hope in South Africans hearts.

11 Jan 2020

ANC Northern Cape’s secretary Deshi Ngxangxa says he apologised to president Cyril Ramaphosa over factional battles in the Sol Plaatje municipality.

The municipality, which falls under the Francis Baard region, the ANC’s largest region in the province has been marred by factional battles, which also saw some party members exchanging blows during the party’s secretary general Ace Magashule’s campaign in Jan Kempdorp this week.

Last year, the provincial executive committee fired more than 10 councillors, including two mayors, one of whom is the regional chairperson Mangaliso Matika.Matika has been accused by some of leading one of the warring factions and attempting to control the flow of tenders in the municipality.

"I had interactions with the president last night, and I apologised profusely for the situation in Kimberly, particularly the inward-looking council that we have in Sol Plaatje," said Ngxangxa Ngxangxa said councillors in Sol Plaatje focused on fighting amongst themselves as opposed to delivering much needed services to residents.

"We are going in there next week and will demolish any factions that we see in our way, any one who does not focus on service delivery is no longer a councillor of the ANC," he warned.

"We know the administration played politics there in Sol Plaatje, they want to be part of this or that faction, that will come to an end next week,” continued the provincial secretary.Ngxangxa said while there were no plans to disband the ANC’s regional executive committee in Francis Baard, he said there would be consequences for those who failed to “toe the line".

Meanwhile he has defended the provincial executive committee saying he was pleased with how its members welcomed and supported national executive committee members and the ANC’s top 6 officials as they crisscrossed throughout the Northern Cape mobilising for Saturday’s birthday rally.

Ngxangxa said they performed "excellently", this despite some complaints that leaders such as Magashule had campaigned in some parts of the province with no PEC members in sight.

"They could see us because we were around the president, but I can tell you I am very much pleased about the turnout of PEC members, I did not receive any apologies they were on the ground throughout the province," he said of himself and provincial chair Zamani Saul.

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WATCH | Cosatu welcomes Jabu Mabuza's resignation, says rest of Eskom board should follow suit

11 Jan 2020

Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi has warned the ANC to stop faking unity and deal with the root of division in the party.

"As Cosatu, as member of the National Executive Committee and as the member of the alliance, we continue to say we need a united ANC not a cosmetic unity. The challenge we have is finding ourselves dealing with cosmetic unity because we are in front of our people and we want to say we are united," Losi said. 

The first female Cosatu president was speaking shortly before the ANC celebrated its 108th birthday in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Her comments come at the back of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Wednesday when he praised the party’s leadership for having successfully renewed and united the ANC. Cosatu has always been vocal and critical on the ANC and its inability to remain united.

Losi also pointed out that the disunity in the ANC has also affected municipalities in the northern cape. She made examples of Phokwane Local Municipality where she said they were told the council troika has never finished a term because of infighting in the ANC.  

She however added that she has seen strides made by the party in reforming itself. "It’s a process, we have seen some changes. I can see and I can vouch that there are areas where we have made inroads."

Losi added that Ramaphosa must speak the challenges of unemployment when he addresses ANC supporters. 

"We want to hear the president emphasising how we will deal with corruption and see consequences because this is what we fail to see at most times."

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"Hoping that hope will be infused in the hearts and the minds of our people... The ANC will be able to tell our people tomorrow that we will continue to unite our country and our movement and that we will renew our commitment to radical economic growth," Ramaphosa said during the party’s fundraising gala dinner on Friday evening.
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