Throughout the years, one has learnt to appreciate that it is not always prudent to address political issues through legal and other processes.
Often, legal contests are a symptom of the material challenges confronting a revolutionary movement.
Towards the envisaged PTT
Ever since the announcement by a court of law that the ANC Free State conference held in 2018 was not in line with the Constitution of the ANC, there has been mixed feelings.
Triumphalism, which is of course sometimes justified, has been met with silent resistance.
Ke semphete ke o fete. Ke lehlanahlana la motima hlaha. Banna le basadi ba thulana ka di curve ba batla ho kena kahara PTT😅😅😅😅.
We appreciate the hunger by some in these hullabaloo to unite the ANC. But we are also not blind that most of these people are those who were integral in creating the mess we find ourselves in, and are simply interested to get another opportunity to eat, nothing else.
What is to be done?
1. The National Officials must engage with members of the ANC in the Free State, outlining the implications of the court outcome, and a way forward to be taken. This thing if engaging members through media statements is not assisting.
2. The NEC must outline tasks needed to be undergone to attain lasting unity, after consultation with all structures and members, and identify cadres who are EQUAL to those tasks. This process must be political, for the unity referred to here is revolutionary unity, not fake or mechanical unity. Taking one comrade from this and that camp is not tantamount to building unity, methinks.
3. The NEC must arrange a cadres assembly to present the interim structure (PTT, ILC, etc) to Branches.
4. The NEC Deployees must be empowered to guide and assist the interim structure to build the organisation, in line with the ANC Constitution.
In order for the ANC to unite the people of South Africa behind the vision of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society, it must first be united.
Unity will not be attained when members do not confront the underlying issues that divide them. It is therefore important for the ANC to narrow its eye of the needle, so that only qualified leaders are deployed. The use of money to buy votes must be clamped down with excessive force.
The milking of the state by the private sector, with the help of ANC cadres must be addressed thoroughly, and not in a sectarian and factional manner.
The ANC in Free State and elsewhere in the country is deeply divided, and we rely on leaders and members of the ANC to save it.
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