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Is the ANC still relevant in advancing the aspirations of the country, particularly for black individuals who suffered under apartheid?

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Is the ANC still relevant in advancing the aspirations of the country, particularly for black individuals who suffered under apartheid?

Opinion- The relevance of the African National Congress (ANC) as a political party in advancing the aspirations of the country, particularly for black individuals who suffered under the oppressive apartheid regime, is a question of paramount importance.

 

As we assess the historical context, present realities, and future prospects, it becomes evident that the ANC’s ability to restore the dignity of black people, particularly through land expropriation without compensation, remains a pressing concern.

 

The sentiments expressed by a young individual yearning for the “old ANC” prompt us to delve deeper into the ANC’s mission, vision, and objectives, and evaluate whether the party has fulfilled its promises in the face of persisting economic disparities and the concentration of power in the hands of the few. This examination calls for a comprehensive analysis of the ANC’s role in the liberation and progress of the nation.

 

One must consider the relevance of the ANC as a political party in realizing the aspirations of the nation, specifically for black individuals who endured colonization, oppression, detention, and even loss of life under the apartheid regime. A recent Facebook post by Mpho Young Thezio in May 2023 stating “I missed the old ANC” provides an interesting perspective. It is likely that this young man, born in the late 90s or early 2000s, lacks a comprehensive understanding of the history of the ANC and the country as a whole.

However, a discerning and analytical activist would delve deeper, recognizing that the underlying sentiment expressed by the young person stems from an evaluation of the ANC’s historical mission, vision, and objectives in comparison to the current national, continental, and international landscape.

Is the ANC still relevant in advancing the aspirations of the country, particularly for black individuals who suffered under apartheid?

Referring to the principles established by the ANC in Bloemfontein in 1912, it is arguable that the ANC has not yet fully restored or attempted to restore the dignity of black people, particularly in terms of the expropriation of land without compensation.

 

The harsh reality is that black people continue to grapple with poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to land and housing. Such circumstances raise doubts about the purpose and outcomes of the negotiations among political parties in the late 1980s and early 1990s, if the envisioned result was a life of perpetual struggle for black individuals. Paradoxically, we witness some participants of those negotiations amassing wealth, owning multiple farms, and holding shares in major corporations, while their children prosper without significant obstacles.

The current constitution must be abolished in its entirety, and a new constitution should be drafted to reflect the overwhelming majority of South Africans, particularly Africans. The ANC must acknowledge that the land was forcibly taken from our ancestors by white monopoly capital, and there can be no denial of this fact.

 

The land should be rightfully returned to its original owners, and we should not apologize for advocating this position. Adv Muzi Sikhakhane SC eloquently discussed the need for a pro-African political party in South Africa, correctly asserting that the ANC does not fulfil this role.

 

This raises fundamental questions about the relevance of the ANC in achieving the vision, mission, and objectives of our country’s liberation. Despite being in government for approximately 25 years, the ANC has failed to effect meaningful land reform, with white individuals still controlling 80% of the economy, as well as all other means of production and mineral resources.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has lost its vibrancy, evident from the current political climate within the ANC. Young people, in their pursuit of personal gain, have abandoned the principles of the youth league.

ANCYL

ANCYL

The elders have depleted all available resources, leaving only the land, which predominantly remains in the hands of white individuals. The ANCYL’s national conference may occur, but its longevity is uncertain unless it adopts the principles and clear action plan that propelled the election of Julius Malema as president of the ANCYL at 24th National Conference Gallagher estate. Only through an unwavering focus on the restoration of land to the people can the ANCYL revive its relevance. Currently, a majority of young people either abstain from voting or support the EFF.

 

The diminishing votes for the ANC on a daily basis, despite claims of reconfiguration and combating corruption through charges, purges, arrests, and expulsions within our own ranks, represents a significant deviation from the central objective of land expropriation without compensation. Our attention is being diverted from the comprehensive restoration of black dignity.

The current state of the ANC is plagued by the influence of elder members who have become entangled with the interests of the white monopoly, thereby diminishing the party’s relevance to the present struggle. Under President Ramaphosa, despite receiving accolades from his allies, his leadership has proven to be a resounding failure characterized by a lack of direction and an inclination to please Western powers.

 

This has resulted in a detrimental state of affairs marked by rampant unemployment, widespread poverty, escalating crime rates, and alarmingly high murder rates. Moreover, the country is grappling with soaring inflation. In light of these challenges, it is crucial for the Youth League conference to elect leaders of exceptional calibre who possess the fearlessness and constructive mindset necessary to address the pressing issues affecting our nation, with the restoration of land being a paramount priority in their program of action.

 

Conclusion

the question of the ANC’s relevance in advancing the aspirations of the country, particularly for black individuals who suffered under apartheid, demands careful consideration.

 

While the ANC holds a storied history and played a pivotal role in the liberation struggle, the party’s ability to fully restore the dignity of black people, especially through land expropriation without compensation, remains a matter of concern. Economic disparities persist, and power continues to be concentrated in the hands of a privileged few, raising doubts about the efficacy of the ANC’s mission, vision, and objectives.

 

The youth, disillusioned by the perceived failures of the ANC, are increasingly turning to alternative political movements such as the EFF, seeking leaders who demonstrate fearlessness and a commitment to addressing the pressing issues facing the nation, with land reform at the forefront.

To regain relevance, the ANC must confront the influence of elder members entangled with the interests of the white monopoly and address the leadership shortcomings exhibited under President Ramaphosa.

 

The party must redouble its efforts to combat unemployment, poverty, and crime while prioritizing the restoration of land to its rightful owners. The ANC Youth League has a crucial role to play in rejuvenating the party and advocating for the interests of the young generation.

 

By electing leaders who are grounded in principle, unwavering in their commitment to restoring dignity, and steadfast in their pursuit of comprehensive land reform, the ANCYL can contribute to the revival of the ANC’s relevance and the realization of the aspirations of black individuals who have long yearned for true liberation and economic justice.

Only through introspection, strategic reforms, and a renewed focus on the core principles of the ANC can the party reclaim its role as a champion of the people and a force for transformative change.


Author:
Abuti-Benson

The Views Expressed Here are not Those of Central News

 

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