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Democracy in ANC will ensure it's survival

By unknown | Oct 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The ANC is and remains a democratic movement.

The ANC is and remains a democratic movement.

The strongest and oldest liberation movement in Africa has survived because of its political thinking and robust debates. The perception and rumours that the ANC is splitting is nothing new.

My argument is based on the democratic nature of the ANC. No one has the right to intimidate or personally attack any member who has a different view on any political issue.

Members have the right to express their views at ANC meetings and no one has any right to be offended.

People cannot be seen as belonging to either the Jacob Zuma or Thabo Mbeki camps just because there is open and robust debate in the ANC.

I cannot rule out the possibility that some within the ANC and the alliance might be behind the rumours of a split to taint tried-and-tested leaders who are accused because they supported Thabo Mbeki in Polokwane.

Peacetime heroes who continue to make a noise and verbally attack senior leaders of the movement must also be stopped.

Members and leaders must be brave enough to dismiss the far-fetched rhetoric, militancy and revolutionary radicalism. Anarchy will remain anarchy and hooliganism will remain hooliganism.

Forward with a progressive and revolutionary alliance, forward with a stronger and united ANC.

Refentse Mangope,Mohlakeng


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