CAPE TOWN South
Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s
ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday celebrated its
105th anniversary, vowing to overcome challenges to its unity.
"Today, our Movement faces serious challenges to its unity.
Divisive tendencies such as factionalism, gatekeeping and
manipulation of internal processes exist at all levels of the
ANC, the ANC Leagues, the Alliance and the Mass Democratic
Movement," the ANC said in a statement.
These tendencies inhibit its ability to give decisive
leadership to society, the party said.
The party held a mass rally in Soweto, Gauteng Province to
mark the event, with the participation of thousands of ANC
"The people have told us that we are too busy fighting each
other and we do not pay sufficient attention to their needs.
"Our own research and interactions with members of the ANC
demonstrate clearly that the people abhor the apparent
preoccupation with personal gain," the ANC said.
South African people’s main priorities are jobs, fighting
crime and corruption, and the ANC’s task is therefore to grow
the economy, create jobs and rigorously fight crime and
corruption, the party said.
"Above all, we must commit to the unity of the ANC and the
only noble fight that we must engage in is a fight to serve the
people and not ourselves!" said the ANC.
Public support for the ANC has dropped considerably these
years mainly due to internal fighting and a series of corruption
In the local elections last year, the party lost some major
metropolitans to opposition parties such as Pretoria,
Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, the greatest setback for
the party since it took power in 1994.
"The ANC must unite so that we are able to unite the people
against our common enemies—unemployment, poverty and
inequality," the party said.
ANC members must guard against distrust, which breeds
disunity and has begun to creep into the party’s broader body
politic, the ANC said.
The conduct of some elected representatives in Parliament,
various legislatures and other platforms illustrate that the
various political parties seem to be unable to disagree without
such disagreements descending into ugly and immature displays,
the party said.
Leaders across the political divide must foster agreement
around the need for all South Africans to unite for the sake of
our country and our future, the party said.
"We can disagree as South Africans and still engage one
"The people elect us to represent them and their interests
and we must perform these duties with honesty, integrity and
mutual respect," said the ANC.
South Africa’s ANCWL
renews call for electing first female ANC president
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL)
on Saturday reiterated its call for South Africa’s ruling
African National Congress (ANC) to elect its first woman
president in December 2017.
African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma "is the only suitable candidate at this point in
our history to lead the African National Congress in December
2017," the ANCWL said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.
The ANC will hold its elective conference in December this
The ANCWL made the statement after holding its National
Executive Committee (NEC) conference from January 6-7 in Irene,
The NEC of the ANCWL met at a crucial time when the ANC marks
its 105th birthday. This meeting preceded the much-anticipated
ANC policy conference and ANC elective conference to be held
later this year.
The call for the first female ANC president has gained
relevance and necessary significance, the ANCWL said.
"We have successfully raised and achieved the call for equal
representation of women both in public and private sectors of
our society. In principle the ANCWL resolved to pursue the 50/50
representation not only in the ANC NEC but in the ANC
officials," said the ANCWL.
After the end of apartheid, Dlamini-Zuma served as the
country’s health minister, foreign minister and minister of home
affairs until her election to the AU Commission Chairperson in
"It is through her sterling work as the AU Chairperson that
the ANCWL firmly believes that Dlamini-Zuma will and is able to
lead South Africa in being a leader not only in the African
continent but in global politics as well," said Meokgo Matuba,
ANCWL Secretary General.
If elected as ANC President, Dlamini-Zuma will automatically
become the President of South Africa.
Apart from the ANCWL, the ANC Youth League has also been
actively campaigning for Dlamini-Zuma to become the party and
the country’s first woman president.
South Africa’s ruling
party denies censorship allegations
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress
(ANC) on Friday denied allegations that it would censor news
related to its 105th anniversary.
The ANC notes information being disseminated on social media
platforms regarding arrangements for the broadcast of its 105th
birthday celebrations to be held on Jan. 8, the party said in a
statement emailed to Xinhua.
TV channel eNCA claimed on social media that the ANC is
trying to control how the celebrations will be broadcast.
The broadcaster said it is only allowed to transmit President
Jacob Zuma’s speech through a feed controlled by the ANC, and
that the party is trying to control how and when it films
members of the crowd during that speech.
"It is regrettable that the incorrect information being
circulated on social media has served to create confusion and
impute sinister motive to the organization," the ANC said.
Broadcasters have been informed that the ANC will provide a
live feed from the celebrations, available for all media to use
at no cost.
ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa defended it as a common
practice for convening of large events around the world,
including sports, political and other events.
The provision of a central feed makes it easier for
broadcasters to obtain a diversity of footage of the event,
All accredited broadcasters are allowed one camera on the
pitch, which is also standard and common practice at the hosting
of large events of this magnitude, he said.
It is also incorrect that broadcasters will not be permitted
to conduct interviews with the audience as so-called "vox pops"
as this has been agreed to in a technical meeting held on
Friday, he said.
Furthermore, feeds from pitch cameras will not be "monitored"
as some have claimed on social media, Kodwa said.