Veterans should heal alliance split

I am not surprised by the way the ANC and its alliance partners are fighting and threatening to split.

I am not surprised by the way the ANC and its alliance partners are fighting and threatening to split.

Sefako Makgatho experienced this situation in 1918. The unsung hero wrote on May 6, 1919: "It is to be regretted that there is at this moment a split in the Natal Congress, where the heads don't seem to pull together. Perhaps you can advise them on how to heal their harmful differences. At a time like this, when we are face to face with some of the worst upheavals that ever overtook our people, it is imperative that we stand together."

Just weeks away from the all-important ANC conference in Limpopo, the divisions are obvious. President Thabo Mbeki talked about unity at Chief Albert Luthuli's tombstone unveiling at the weekend.

Mbeki should read about Solomon Plaatje, who rejected the position of president in 1917, and Makgatho was unanimously elected instead. Makgatho was a founder of the tripartite alliance. Mbeki should admit that he is still enjoying his position, instead of lambasting his comrades.

Since Tokyo Sexwale read a series of leadership documents, he said: "The president has a right to his opinion." It is the duty of ANC veterans to give direction to the organisation and heed Makgatho's advice.

Majoang Leshilo,

Tooseng

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