The African National Congress (ANC) has been the dominant political force in South Africa since the end of apartheid. However, recent developments have led to confusion among ANC supporters, as a new party called uMkhonto weSizwe claims to be the ANC.
In response, the ANC’s first deputy secretary-general, Nomvula Mokonyane, has made it clear that the ANC remains true to its core values and that the new party is not affiliated with the ANC.
Speaking to party supporters in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, Mokonyane emphasized that the ANC is symbolized by the colours black, green, and gold.
She advised followers to exercise caution when interacting with people who pose as ANC members but are actually affiliated with the uMkhonto weSizwe party. Mokonyane, a known ally of former president Jacob Zuma, criticized MK and its supporters for leaving the ANC, stating that true ANC members would have remained within the party to address any internal issues.
Mokonyane acknowledged that the ANC has faced internal conflicts and made mistakes in the past. However, she emphasized the importance of renewal and unity within the party.
She expressed her belief that the current leader of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, represents the party and will be the face of its election campaign. Mokonyane reaffirmed the ANC’s commitment to remaining loyal to its leadership and working towards a successful election.
Regarding Jacob Zuma’s support for the new party, Mokonyane stated that while he is entitled to his opinion, it is essential to protect what remains of the ANC.
She emphasized the need for the party to focus on presenting its January 8 statement, which outlines its plans for unity, renewal, and achieving victory in the upcoming elections.
Mokonyane also addressed the ongoing tensions between the party’s secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula, and national chair, Gwede Mantashe. She revealed that she would express her views on the matter during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
However, she stressed the importance of maintaining organizational discipline and refraining from expressing personal views to the media, as it undermines the ANC’s collective stance.
The ANC has long been a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and the fight for equality in South Africa. Despite the emergence of the uMkhonto weSizwe party and internal conflicts, the ANC remains committed to its principles and its leadership under Cyril Ramaphosa.
ANC supporters can rest assured that the party will continue to work towards the betterment of the community through its programs and initiatives.