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Ex-premier to act as dissidents' convenor

By unknown | Oct 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Louise McAuliffe

Louise McAuliffe

Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa yesterday threw his weight behind former ANC national chairman Mosiuoa Lekota and announced he would be the convenor of a national convention to be held on November 2.

"Since Lekota's announcement last week, I have been inundated with calls from people inside and outside the ANC to support the initiative," Shilowa said in Johannesburg.

"I have decided to lend my support to the initiative by making myself available as the convenor, and volunteer, with Mosiuoa Lekota and others."

The venue is yet to be confirmed.

Shilowa informed the Gauteng provincial leadership yesterday morning of his decision to resign from the ANC.

"It is my hope that we can be opponents without being enemies. After all, we are all committed to transforming South Africa from its apartheid past to an inclusive one, rather based on shared values and perspectives."

One of the issues up for discussion at the convention, which is themed "In defence of our democracy", is corruption.

Shilowa said: "South Africans across the board believe corruption is a cancer which, if not tackled seriously, will not only erode the gains of our democracy, but will destroy it.

"The convention needs to indicate how together we can focus on weeding out individuals wherever they be found, regardless of social standing.

"Corruption increases the cost of doing business and makes services less affordable. Democracy affords us space to freely express ourselves and to make public choices without any fear."

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