'Some small group in camouflage uniform' doesn't represent the ANC's aspirations - Jessie Duarte

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Jessie Duarte leads the mobilisation of communities in Gauteng in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive.
Jessie Duarte leads the mobilisation of communities in Gauteng in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive.
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  • ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says a small group of people who wear camouflage won't influence the party.
  • She was taking a swipe at the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association.
  • She was speaking at a gathering that was held in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive.

Taking a swipe at the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said a small group of people in camouflage did not represent the party.

"We do not believe some small group in camouflage uniform represents our aspirations. No, we will do it," she said.

She was speaking at a campaign in William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg on Monday to have the name of the road changed to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive.

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The MKMVA has been the leading supporter of under-fire party secretary-general Ace Magashule and the so-called radical economic transformation faction within the party.

Recently, Duarte blamed that faction for leaking recordings of high-level ANC meetings. She also said Magashule's supporters had a "Samson approach" and were trying to bring down the entire party.

 Jessie Duarte leads the mobilisation of communiti
Jessie Duarte leads the mobilisation of communities in Gauteng in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive.
Jessie Duarte leads the mobilisation of communitie
Jessie Duarte leads the mobilisation of communities in Gauteng in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive.

Duarte has thrown her weight behind calls for the party's criminally charged Magashule to step aside.

At its last meeting at the end of March, the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) discussed a rule on whether party leaders who are accused of criminal offences should step aside.

It effectively gave Magashule (and other corruption-accused leaders) 30 days to step down.

He has until Friday to step aside.

At Monday's gathering in Johannesburg, Duarte also called on women in the party to take up leadership roles.

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"These multitudes of women of South Africa will lead us like Winnie Mandela-Madikizela led us. It is time that you lead the ANC as well. Don't run from leadership please, it is time," she said.

MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus was cautious in his response to Duarte's assertions.

"I don't want to comment on these matters. The leadership of the MKMVA is in discussion with the national NEC. These issues will not be addressed in the public domain, but rather internally," he said.

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