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WILLIE KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE

THE ANC VETERANS LEAGUE MOURNS THE DEATH OF ITS STALWART AND VETERAN, COMRADE WILLIE KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE

The ANC Veterans League is still reeling with shock and disbelief at the passing away of South Africa’s poet laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile, affectionately referred to as Bra Willie by both the young and not so young.

Some of us who lived, worked and interacted with him in Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and later in South Africa, drank deep from this fountain of inestimable knowledge.

Come with me then and let us delve into the not so distant past, where cherished memories were forged.

We all recall that 1976 witnessed the student’s uprising that became a turning point in the history of South Africa. Another South African poet laureate, Mazizi Kunene, refers to those enthusiastic, determined, committed and passionate young students as the children of iron, the fearless bees of the night, the wrath of the volcanic mountain, the abiding anger of their ancestral forefathers.

I remember vividly when these young comrades, abo-Qiniselani as we called them, talked about their first encounter with Bra Willie. They said that on their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, they met this well read, articulate, insightful Comrade who slowly but eloquently articulated the virtues of being patient, patriotic and tolerant of other people’s views and opinions.

He had a twinkle in his eye and was unassuming, they added. In animated tones these young brave comrades talked about the stories Bra Willie shared with them, including when and how he left the country, where he lived and studied, the severe winter storms in New York where he obtained his masters degree in Fine Arts, students and members of society he interacted with on his travels and involvement in anti-apartheid demonstrations as well as solidarity work. He prepared us psychologically for the long haul, they intimated.

On my way from Zambia to Tanzania, I met Bra Willie at our ANC Office. I was struck by his passion for education, for youth development, his knowledge of the world, African politics, African literature and his commitment to the fight for the liberation of Southern Africa.

Like he did with other ANC students, as if this was an induction course, his emphasis was that of increasing the number of well read, articulate, and committed intellectuals in our glorious movement.

He harped on education which he said was as important as the armed struggle. If, he maintained, we do not increase our intellectual base within the ANC and Umkhonto we Sizwe, how are we going to confront a well resourced and modern South African army which is armed with the latest technology to defend the apartheid regime.

He also prepared us for our future stay in foreign countries where the majority of us studied and acquired further knowledge.

The first year is definitely not going to be easy, he warned. However, you’d have to adjust as there is no other alternative but to acquire knowledge, come back qualified, prepared to serve the ANC and the people of South Africa.

You will always dream being at home in your own environment, being with your friends, engaged in intellectual discussions of how when South Africa is liberated, you will walk the streets of Pretoria and help in transforming society as articulated in our ANC’s Freedom Charter and yet when you wake up, you’d find yourself sharing a room with a foreign student and being far away from home without any contact with your family and friends. And yet you’d still be left with years of toil and tears. Never give up. Knowledge is power, he assured us.

Bra Willie, Thank you for the induction. What we experienced was indeed hard work and tears. We have survived the heavy and rough winter storms. We have grown taller. We are tolerant of dissenting voices, Yes, we are focused, able to research and always self critical of our actions and committed to the noble values of our glorious movement.

We are not complaining but lament the fact that you left us at a time when we are commemorating the ANC’s 106 anniversary, when we had just concluded the successful ANC‘s 54th National Conference, including the Conference of the ANC Veterans League, which you were also a member. .

A lot of work still needs to be done by the Veterans League. It is early days, but the future is upon us. We cannot escape change, for change is the essence of life.

As members of the Veterans League we have to work very hard to earn the respect that we deserve. We have nothing to lose and should not be afraid but be critical and propose solutions to our leadership.

As ANC Veterans who are custodians of its values and traditions, we are however confident that the new leadership, led by comrade Cyril Ramaphosa will work towards the restoration of the dignity of our glorious organization.

We reject the politics of factionalism. We will support all efforts by the new leadership to build a strong and united ANC that will relentlessly fight corruption in all its forms. Nobody should be above the law.

We support the call by the 54th ANC conference that the Integrity Commission must be independent, well-resourced and its findings binding.

For us to regain the confidence of the masses, leaders of the movement should meet our criteria as set in our policy document:” Through the eye of the needle.”

When facing difficulties and new challenges, we should not be afraid to self correct and self introspect.

We are ready and prepared to put our shoulder to the wheel with the aim of reigniting hope among

our people and restoring their confidence in our glorious organization.

As ANC Veterans, we will never lose sight of the selfless sacrifices of Comrades like Bra Willie, including thousands and many nameless and faceless comrades who gave their lives for the democracy we are enjoying today.

Bra Willie, comrade commander of a ready smile, we will not disappoint you and the South African society. We stand ready to serve!

Issued by;

Dr Snuki Zikalala

President of the ANC Veterans League

WILLIE KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE

STATEMENT OF THE THABO MBEKI FOUNDATION ON THE PASSING OF CDE. WILLIE KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE.

It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and its Patron former President Thabo Mbeki have learnt of the untimely passing away of Professor Willie Keorapetse Kgositsile. Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known among his friends and comrades was born on the 19th of September 1938 in Johannesburg.

Like all Black people in South Africa, his encounter with the viciousness of racism and apartheid came during his formative years as a young boy when he was forced to attend school far from home as he stayed in a “shack at the back of a house in a white neighbourhood.”

Comrade Willie was one of South Africa’s literary giants, poet, revolutionary and internationalist in his approach to the liberation struggle.

The June 16th generation encountered Bra Willie when he was a Professor of Literature at the University of Dar es Salaam and it was from him that most learnt about the vicissitudes and the challenges of exile life. Bra Willie had a way of telling even the most painful experience in a light and humourous way. As a humble person most of the June 16th Generation enjoyed his company and in the process gained a lot from him because of his ability to impart his knowledge with such ease that most of the Soweto generation who joined the struggle in 1976 found it very easy to engage with him.

He was able to express himself and his philosophical outlook to the struggle and the quest for freedom in very simple and easy to understand manner but yet at the same time full of profound meaning. He is reported to have said “in a situation of oppression, there are no choices beyond didactic writing: either you are a tool of oppression or an instrument of liberation.”

In 1961 when the apartheid regime launched its offensive against the liberation forces and its determination to silence any opposition voices such as the New Age where Bra Willie worked, he was forced to leave the country and initially went to Dar es Salaam. Soon after he went to the United States where he studied in a number of universities starting with Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the University of New Hampshire and The New School for Social Research.

During this time his first collection of poems “Spirits Unchained” was published which earned him the “Harlem Cultural Council Poetry Award and a “National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Award.” In 1971 he graduated from Columbia University and began teaching in New York.

In the same year he published the collection “My name is Africa” which placed him as an undisputed African American Poet.  In his studies Bra Willie paid a lot of attention to African American studies. His artistic approach and philosophical outlook to art is expressed in the statement “There is nothing like art – in the oppressor’s sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. The walk of Sophiatown Tsotsi or my Harlem brother on Lenox Avenue, Field Hollers. The Blues. A Trane riff. Marvin Gaye or Mbaqanga. Anguished Happiness. Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancer’s muscles.”

Here in South Africa comrade Willie was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver in recognition of his excellent achievements in the field of literature. He was also celebrated at the National Poet Laureate.

Comrade Willie used his talent and the power of the pen to wage the struggle against oppression as well as broaden the horizons of knowledge among the African people irrespective of where they were. In this regard it he used his talent to assert African identity, pride and dignity. He will surely be missed by his family, his friends and comrades in the African National Congress as well as our people as a whole.

The Foundation conveys its heartfelt condolences to the Kgositsile family.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

CLOSING ADDRESS BY ANC PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ANC 54TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE

NASREC, 20 DECEMBER 2017

National Chairperson, Cde Gwede Mantashe,

Outgoing President of the African National Congress, Cde Jacob Zuma,

Members of the newly-elected National Executive Committee,

Members of the Electoral Commission,

Representatives of the Alliance, fraternal parties and observers,

Distinguished guests,

Delegates, This is a deeply humbling moment, to address the closing session of the 54th National Conference of our beloved and glorious movement, the African National Congress.

There is no doubt that this has been a Conference of enormous importance and great significance.

In the months and weeks before this Conference, speculation was rife that this 54th National Conference would either not be held or that it would collapse.

Your attendance at this Conference, representing your branches, is a victory over the doomsayers and those who do not wish our movement well.

We therefore congratulate you for having defied the negative speculative predictions by making this Conference happen and ensuring it is successful.

There were some who even suggested that Nasrec would represent the end of the ANC as we would emerge from here divided.

We are still here. Standing almost 106 years later. United.

Nasrec 2017 has not only united us. It has strengthened us. It has galvanised us and rejuvenated us.

We continue to confound our critics.

Over the course of the last five days, our movement has grappled with the

challenges and tasks of this critical moment in the history and life of our people and our country.

The ANC has listened to the aspirations, hopes, wishes, cries and concerns of our people through the voices of the delegates representing our people from the length and breadth of our country.

As delegates representing branches of our movement you have given expression to our peoples hopes through the resolutions you have adopted here and the leadership you have chosen.

In electing the leadership, you, as the delegates to this Conference, have turned your back on the politics of the slate.

You have insisted that the people who lead this movement should not be from one or another faction, but should serve our people in their own right as representatives of the membership as a whole.

This Conference has given us an opportunity to confront difficult truths.

In recent times, we have seen the ANC at its worst.

We have seen an organisation divided against itself. And yet, we have also seen glimpses of the ANC at its best.

Over the last few days, we have seen the ANC that we know and love.

As representatives of nearly a million members, you as delegates have demonstrated that the ANC is an organisation that is alive to the needs

of the people and that it is hard at work to develop policies and programmes that respond to these needs. More than that, we have seen at this Conference a movement that is determined to enhance its policies, to

strengthen implementation and to work with greater determination to unite

its members and build its structures.

Our people will judge this Conference not only by what we have done here

over these five days, but ­ perhaps more importantly ­ by what we do next.

The people of South Africa want action. They do not want words.

Our people want an ANC that lives up to its promise and is true to its mission.

They want an ANC that lives the values that it espouses and holds fast to the principles that have long defined it.

They want an ANC that uses public office not to serve vested interests, but to build a truly developmental state and a vibrant, inclusive economy that creates jobs and improves lives. As we leave this Conference, we are

resolved to humble ourselves before the people.

We are resolved to respect our people and earn their respect.

We are resolved to cast aside those attitudes and practices that have seen a gulf grow between those in public office and those they were elected to serve.

The African National Congress wishes to send a clear message to all South Africans that we are resolved to be a more responsive and more accountable leadership and movement.

We will continue to be rooted in communities through our branches and always seek to champion the interests of the people. We must examine, critically and honestly, our commitment to gender equality.

We must be conscious of the practices and attitudes that reinforce patriarchy within our organisation and society ­ and we must work

together to end them.

We need to become a more youthful organisation, more representative of

the age profile of our population.

This Conference has resolved that we engage and pay heed to the views and

insights of the veterans of our movement, organisations that have always

worked with us, and many others.

We will reach out to community organisations and other organs of civil society, understanding that they are critical for the exercise of people¹s power and are valuable partners for development.

We shall do so because we have a historic responsibility as the ANC to

lead society. The Alliance has faced many challenges and problems in the recent past.

We will work with our Alliance partners to repair relations between the four formations that our people expect to lead the National Democratic Revolution.

As this Conference, we are in agreement that the ANC cannot be strong and effective unless we are part of an Alliance that is strong, united and cohesive. We are confident that the outcomes of this Conference will

assist in advancing efforts to unite the former combatants of Umkhonto we Sizwe.

We must make the achievement of unity between MKMVA and the MK National

Council a priority of the incoming leadership.

As we leave this Conference, we are resolved to pursue with greater determination a radical path of socio-economic transformation, premised on growth, job creation and equitable distribution of income, wealth and

assets.

The issue of land has been a matter of great concern to our people whose land was taken from them. We will accelerate our programme of land reform and rural development as part of our programme of radical socio economic

transformation.

This Conference has resolved that the expropriation of land without

compensation should be among the mechanisms available to government to

give effect to land reform and redistribution.

It has also resolved that in determining the mechanisms of implementation, we must ensure that we do not undermine the economy, agricultural production and food security.

As the ANC, we have been the central driver of progress in our country and the economy over the last 23 years.

Our efforts have been aimed at eradicating poverty, inequality and reducing unemployment.We have placed the challenge of unemployment at the forefront of all our

actions in the economy.

Our focus on education and skills training is beginning to bear positive results.

Our social social development programmes have been aimed at addressing

poverty amongst our people.

The policies we have adopted here provide a platform for faster and more meaningful implementation of the National Development Plan. We will elaborate the decisions of this National Conference more fully when we

release the NEC Statement on January 13 when we celebrate our 106th year

of existence.

At the state level we must confront the reality that critical institutions of our state have been targeted by individuals and families

who, through the exercise of influence and the manipulation of governance

processes and public resources.

This has led to the weakening of our State Owned Enterprises whose governance structures need to be revamped.

Whether we call this state capture or simply corruption, this has undermined the integrity of our institutions, cost our economy hundreds

of billions of rands and contributed to the further impoverishment of our people.

Given all these challenges we are called upon to act against corruption, collusion and other economic crimes prevalent in the public and private sector.

We must investigate without fear or favour the so-called Œaccounting

irregularities¹ that cause turmoil in the markets and wipe billions off the investments of ordinary South Africans.

This Conference has resolved that this must be acted upon and stopped.

We must also act fearlessly against alleged corruption and abuse of office within our ranks. We embraced the Integrity Commission at our NGC and endorsed that decision at the 53rd National Conference.

The setting up of the Integrity Commission is therefore not in question as there is consensus that the Integrity Commission should be supported and empowered to do its work without fear, favour or prejudice in order

to restore the Integrity of the ANC and help cultivate and promote ethical leadership.

The terms of reference including its duties and powers should be discussed and finalised by the National Executive Committee.

This Conference has resolved that corruption must be fought with the same intensity and purpose that we fight poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Through your deliberations, we have together developed a clear line of

march for the movement and for the new leadership. You have, over and

over again, emphasised that the ANC is the strategic centre of power for

all its cadres.

The actions of Comrades who are deployed by the movement should always be

informed by the interests of our members and our people, not personal

gain.

Their actions should always be a source of pride, and not a cause for

embarrassment.

They should take us closer to the National Democratic Society to which we aspire, not undermine it.

This National Executive Committee that you have elected commits itself to

follow the instructions that you have issued from this, our 54th National Conference.

You have instructed us to forge a united ANC.

You have also directed us to unite the Alliance and ensure that its

programmes are underpinned by unity. Another overarching task you have

charged us with is to unite the people of South Africa and work harder to heal the wounds of conflict and division.

We must focus afresh on the task of building a non-racial country, guided by the injunction in the Freedom Charter that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.

Personally, I wish to thank you, with all humility, for the confidence that you have shown in me. I shall strive to serve our members, our supporters and the nation with commitment and diligence.

As the newly elected National Executive Committee, and as President I

speak on our behalf, we accept without reservation your clear instruction

that we must work together as a collective, undivided and motivated by a

single purpose ­ the service of our people.

We are aware that leadership in our movement is not confined to those who hold office.

I wish to pay tribute to Cde Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who contested the

position of President, for the manner in which she demonstrated commitment to our movement during the campaign.

Together with the other candidates, we all pledged to work closely in pursuit of the objectives of our revolution whether we succeeded in our election bid or not. On your behalf, I wish to thank those people who

have made this Conference possible ­ the management of NASREC, the

Electoral Commission and the Elexions Agency, technical staff, marshalls,

security officials and the many service providers, donors and exhibitors.

The SGO and the Steering Committee have done a sterling job to ensure that we hold a most successful conference.

I wish to thank the media for having reported the proceedings of this Conference to our people and the broader global community.

As revolutionary democrats, we recognise the vital role that the media plays in facilitating the free flow of information and in promoting

transparency and accountability.

We register our concern about an incident at this Conference involving a

journalist and security officials.

We have sought a report on what happened and must look at how we ensure

such incidents do not occur in the future.

I wish to thank our Alliance partners, representatives of civil society

organisations, guests from fraternal parties and members of the diplomatic corps who have been with us in various capacities over the past five days.

Above all, I wish to thank all our branch members, whose wishes and aspirations we had come here to represent.

To all delegates thank you for your attendance and patience and forbearance with delays in voting and programme planning.

As Officials we have already observed a number of things we can improve. We will make sure that our next NGC and Conference becomes a better experience for all delegates.

Please travel safely, arrive alive and have a peaceful festive season.

Make sure to have a good rest and come back from the holidays revitalised for the hard work that lies ahead in 2018 and beyond.

We look forward to meeting again at the ANC¹s 106th anniversary celebrations in East London on the 13th of January.

Next year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of our founding President, Isithwalandwe Nelson Rolihahla Mandela.

True to his legacy and inspired by his remarkable life, let us hold fast

to the principle that guides us as the ANC ­ that we serve the people of

South Africa!

We serve them with humility, integrity and unwavering commitment.

We serve them without expectation of reward or recognition.

We serve them because we have chosen, each one of us, to become members

of the African National Congress and thereby to become selfless agents of

revolutionary change.

Finally, I would like, on your behalf, to thank President Jacob Zuma for the 10 years he has spent as the President of our movement and for a lifetime of service to the people of this country.

It was during your tenure Nxamalala, and thanks to your vision, that the National Planning Commission was established and produced the country¹s

first National Development Plan.

This is a framework for economic and social change that will guide our

country for many years to come.

History will record that it was at your insistence that South Africa expanded its antiretroviral programme rapidly and progressively to be the

largest in the world.

Through your intervention, we have made great strides in combating the

epidemic, many lives have been saved and many infections prevented.

We cannot close this, the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress, without paying tribute to you for your contribution over many decades to the struggle for freedom, democracy and development.

I thank you.

FEDUSA Congratulates Ramaphosa on his Election as ANC President

The Leadership of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) extends its well wishes
and congratulates Deputy President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa on his successful election as
the new President of the African National Congress (ANC), following the 54th Elective Conference at the NASREC Expo in Johannesburg, where some 4,700 delegates cast their ballots. Comrade Cyril is a South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has served as the Deputy President of South Africa under President Jacob Zuma since 2014.
The news of Ramaphosa’s election comes as a relief to restore much needed confidence in both the political and economic stability of the country, said FEDUSA General Secretary, Dennis George. The federation anticipates that this much needed early Xmas present will go a long way in the restoration of investor confidence, strengthen the currency and ward off all possible considerations of a downgrade by ratings agencies, who have closely monitored the situation with bated breath.FEDUSA believes the Ramaphosa’s influential leadership as part of the Team SA initiative in particular, will now have to realise its true potential by translating the full outcome of the inclusive economic growth trajectory that was envisioned by the Government, Business and Labour social partners.

This is certainly an opportune time for Ramaphosa to rise to the occasion by demonstrating his ability to reshape and formalise a renewed outlook for South Africa’s financial markets and the economy overall,” emphasised George.

The hard work starts now as the employment and growth projections outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP) require unconditional commitment, as its current standing remains a far cry from reality. FEDUSA certainly looks forward to its continued relations with the Presidency, in order to drive inclusive economic growth and the realisation of Decent Work and Decent Life for All.

LEST WE FOGET THE BARBARIC MASSACRE IN MASERU By Advocate Vusi Pikoli

Two extraordinary events left an ineradicable mark in my life, all in one year. One had to do with matters of the heart and the other, grief, sorrow, sadness, and a resolve to throw my all in the struggle for national liberation.

It was in the year 1982 that I married my girlfriend whom I first met at high school in 1972. Girly Majola became Mrs Pikoli in that year. I was two years in exile in Lesotho, at the National University of Lesotho when our people were massacred in Maseru.

I was studying against my will. However, I had to follow political instructions from comrades Chris Hani and Thozamile Botha. You see, Thozi Majola, Sizwe Kondile, Phaki Ximiya and I had secretly and under the cover of darkness climbed the hills of Matatiele and illegally went through a thin worn out fence meant to be the border between South Africa and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

It was a cold wintry night, 14 September 1980. The fact that Steve Biko was murdered by the brutal apartheid security police on September 12 1977 was still fresh on minds. On crossing the border, we looked back at apartheid South Africa and vowed to return as freedom fighters. It was victory or death! Only Sizwe Kondile had a junior degree (B.Juris) and I was doing my fourth and final year B. Proc at Fort Hare University. Thozi Majola and Phaki Ximiya had earlier dropped out of university ( Fort Hare).

Earlier in September, two of our comrades in our unit were arrested in South Africa by the security police. Comrades Thembi Mbiyabo and Gomi Nzube were later sentenced to five years which they served in Robben Island for being members of a banned organization the ANC and promoting the interests of the African National Congress. This was the main reason for our flight into exile.

On arriving in Maseru via rough bus rides from Qacha’s Nek, Quthing, Mohaleshoek and Mafeteng, and eager to join Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in Angola, we were disappointed when comrade Chris Hani firmly told us that we must first go to the National University of Lesotho to complete our studies.

Simultaneously we were to build an ANC underground network in the Eastern Cape with the centre being in Port Elizabeth. Comrade Chris said in no uncertain terms should it be that that the underground was very weak in PE whilst very strong at the mass levels through open resistance and worker militancy.

We also ended up working very closely with the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU ) with comrades like the late Phakamile “ Mavimbela” Mpongoshe (he was also killed on 9 December), Slumber, Thozi Botha and Gazi among others. We were still not happy with this arrangement because we wanted to undergo military training so that we could go back home and fight.

It was all the more so because some of our friends and fellow rugby players from the University of Fort Hare had been allowed to undergo

military training like Dumisani Mafu, Siphiwe Mazwai, Mzwandile Vena, Pieces Maqhekeza, Phumzile Mayaphi, Sisa Ngombane and others.

They had arrived earlier than us in Lesotho, it was just a sheer coincidence that we found ourselves together at the same time in that country. However, we obeyed the political instructions. As a compromise, comrade Chris Hani organized a crash course in firearms, including light semi-automatic weapons including RPG 7 (Bazooka) by comrade Mbumba, Military Combat Work(MCW) by comrade Boy Njongwe ( Thabiso) and political classes conducted by the late brilliant Gene Gugushe (a brilliant fellow, also killed during the Maseru massacre).

When the South African Police (SAP) commandos descended in Maseru in the still of the night, aided by some apartheid agents in the Lesotho Mounted Police and the Lesotho Para-military force who were helpless and powerless in the face of that aggression, I was writing examinations at the university.

Also at the university at that time were other ANC comrades like Thozi Botha, Ngoako Ramathlodi, Tito Mboweni, Hlubi Radebe, Girly Pikoli, Phaki Ximiya, Shakes Mkhonto, Barry Pule and Nkululeko Jomo Kambule. When we heard the chilling news, we abandoned the exams and rushed to Maseru from Roma. It was very early in the morning at around 06h00.

We could not have been prepared for what we saw! In one house in Lithabaneng, we found comrade David dead, with his eyes wide open, with a big gaping wound where was once his forehead, with his brains

and blood splattered over the walls. Comrade Mazwi Yako was supposed to have slept there but for some reason had not returned to that house on that fateful night.

The same fate befell comrade Gazi (Mafutha). He was shot in front of his family that was spared the same fate. In another residence which was occupied by young comrades who were supposed to go for military training while others were en-route to the ANC’s Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College(Somafco), we found about five bodies that were charred beyond recognition.

Some of the bodies were still smoldering, with skulls having exploded from the intensity of the heat and brains oozing. We also went to Comrade Mpongoshe’s house (Mavimbela). I think there were about four bodies in his house including elderly comrades who had just come back from Robben Island who had come for a debriefing. They were expecting to be joined by their wives who actually arrived on the same day and were not aware that the boers had, in the early hours of that morning, attacked ANC houses including the house were their husbands were cold bloodedly killed.

In the Florida area, they had attacked and killed the ANC Chief Representative in Lesotho, including one of our political instructors, comrade Zola Nqini. They also shot and killed Dr. Norman Bantwini Ngciphe from Somerset East, a friend I was with at St Johns College in Mthatha. Mthobeli “Trinity” Zokwe survived the attack by dashing naked and running for dear life. A survivor in that house was a woman who is now a very close family friend, Baba Mkangisa.

Our brilliant political instructor, comrade Gene Gugushe, was also attacked in his flat. His Markarov was no match for the superior firepower of the apartheid murderers.

It was only in one residence where the apartheid security forces were successfully repulsed. This was the residence of comrade Mathabatha Booker T, Sexwale and Sis Bunie where they stayed with their two young daughters, Matsubane and Kananelo. Booker T came out firing with his AK47 and in the ensuing skirmish his daughter Kananelo who was a nine-year-old girl at the time was hit by the flying shrapnels. Fortunately, she survived and was taken out of Lesotho via Mozambique to receive treatment in the then German Democratic Republic(GDR).

By the end of that fateful day, we were exhausted and emotionally drained. We were scared and angry but had the steely resolve to be free and avenge the blatant murders of our comrades by the killing machinery of the apartheid regime. We had lost the cream of the crop, including young lives whose sin was to dare dream of freedom and dignity.

On that day, when the guns fell silent, 42 people were murdered by the PW Botha regime. In all, thirty ANC cadres and 12 Basotho nationals. We had to take the bodies to the mortuary at King Moeshoshoe II Hospital in Maseru. It was a hot summer of 1982. The lingering smell of death in my nostrils lasted for weeks and long after the funeral. The day before the funeral we dug 30 graves for our fallen comrades, singing freedom songs well into the night.

On the day of the funeral our spirits were lifted by the unexpected appearance of, and a eulogy by Cde President OR Tambo whose visit had been kept a tightly kept secret.

He had defied the ANC leadership and his family. He insisted on attending and speaking at the funeral. As leader and Commander-in-Chief, he refused to spare himself and in fact exposed himself to the dangers that members of his organization were daily exposed to.

He delivered a rousing speech which consoled and motivated us. He said: ”… sulani ezo nyembezi, nithathe izikhali zenu siye phambili.” Also at the funeral were the King of Lesotho and the Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan at the National stadium of Lesotho.

We took turns standing behind those 30 simple coffins with the unpleasant smell of death from coffins. Some of the bodies had started decomposing and it was a very hot day in Maseru on that day. The presence of the brave and fatherly figure of Comrade President Oliver Tambo was a great inspiration to us and the people from South Africa who defiantly attended that funeral, knowing fully well the consequences of being in the presence of the ANC leadership and general members.

As I watched the coffins being lowered and we started filling up the graves, I thought to myself: Who knows? I could have been the thirty first, had it not have been the fact that comrade Chris Hani had sent some of us to university for another mission. We were students by day and guerrillas by night! I salute all the fallen heroes of our struggle who made our freedom day -April 27 -1994 possible.

ANC

WHY THE NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE

Speech delivered by the president of the ANC Veterans League at the National Consultative Conference-Dr Snuki Zikalala:

Former president of the ANC and of the RSA Thabo Mbeki, Members of the ANC National Executive Committee, Members of parliament, Minister and deputy minister,The broader community of elders and Veterans of the African National Congress, Alliance Partners, Church and Business leaders, SANCO, Student leaders, The Youth, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening.

It is a great honour for us as ANC Veterans to address this seminal gathering aimed at assisting to wrest our country from social and economic collapse and helping to save the soul of our glorious movement the ANC.

At our last conference of the Veterans League which was held in October this year, one of the important resolutions we took was to support the 101 ANC stalwarts and signatories’ quest for a National Consultative Conference.

It is only those who have decided to bury their heads in the sand who will refuse to confront reality, admit that society has turned its back on us. They are reluctant to admit that we have failed society by not delivering on our set objectives, that the ANC brand has been damaged and is now associated with corruption, gross negligence, arrogance and failure to uphold our constitutional values. They don’t acknowledge the urgent need for a National Consultative Conference.

The diagnostic report tabled at the ANC National Policy Conference as well as other reports presented for discussions, present a picture of an organization that has lost its moral compass.

But Comrades, let us not despair. It is not the first time that our glorious movement has been confronted with serious challenges such as these.

It is not the first time, when confronted with a political crisis, that the ANC has convened a National Consultative Conference

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Let us recall that in October 1962, the ANC held its first consultative conference in Lobatse, in Botswana. The main objective was to re-organise itself and put structures in place that would continue with the underground work in the country and establish a strong leadership in exile.

In October 1969, the ANC held its second National Consultative Conference in Morogoro in Tanzania.

It was confronted with a crisis of unprecedented proportion. The infiltration of trained and armed cadres of the movement from Tanzania and elsewhere was particularly difficult. Some of the combatants were arrested and served sentences in Botswana. The Wange (Wankie) and Sipolilo campaigns and leadership crisis dominated the conference. What is instructive is that the leadership accepted constructive criticism.

In 1985, another trying time for the movement, the ANC, faced with a myriad of challenges, held its National Consultative Conference where it adopted the four pillars of the struggle and came out stronger, more focused and more resolute.

In 2017, with the political and economic crisis we find ourselves in, it compels us to undergo a thorough introspection as to what went wrong, why have we failed to implement our well researched policies and, do we have the right leadership in place. Also, did we employ skilled,

competent, incorruptible and dedicated bureaucrats capable of implementing our progressive policies.

It is now a painful fact that because of our arrogance and failure to implement our well researched policies, during the 2016 Local Government elections we lost Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg municipalities.

Strong predictions are that if we do not self-correct, if we do not humble ourselves, if we do not deal with corruption and deliver on our set objectives, come 2019, our support will likely drop to less than 47%.

The failure to implement the Public Protector’s State of Capture recommendations and the revelation of the Gupta Emails have further dented the image of our glorious movement and that of government.

On the economic front, we have been slapped with credit down grades and furiously racing towards junk status. Investors are holding back and not prepared to spend on new projects in South Africa.

Our unemployment rate has increased by 27.7% from 26.5 per cent in the previous period. 58 per cent of young people between the ages of 15 to 34 are jobless.

Crime has increased by 9.6% in 2016/17.

It is unacceptable and unprecedented we have such a high turnover of ministers and Directors General. Our cabinet has been reshuffled 11 times resulting in 126 changes to the executive.

Amadel’ukufa ka Tambo, the National Consultative Conference should not be viewed as an opposition to the ANC but as a consultative gathering of like minded citizens who have the interest of the country at heart and who are proposing solutions to our serious social and economic crisis.

This gathering should have a positive impact on the 54th elective conference of the ANC.

As veterans we are concerned that the current pre-occupation with leadership contest will prevent the conference from evaluating progress and adopting policies that will address the concerns of the people. We are equally concerned that we are recycling the same leaders who have failed society, some of whom do not meet the broad requirements of leadership.

Our leaders to be elected should have impeccable credentials. They should lead by example and be role models to ANC members and non-members. They should lead a life that reflects commitment to the strategic goals of the National Democratic Revolution. Not only should they be free from corrupt practices but must actively fight against corruption.

The road ahead is arduous, but the future is bright. We dare not linger and we dare not fail the South African society.

Amandla

Ignore the voice of veterans and stalwarts at your own peril-by Reverend Frank Chikane

Under the theme Saving the ANC for the Sake of South Africa’s Future, veterans and stalwarts of the party convened a national consultative conference (NCC) at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, last weekend to deal with the debilitating challenges that are facing the ANC and the country.

The consultative conference brought together an important echelon of the leadership of our country from all nine provinces – people who can rightly be said to have been part of the front ranks of the pathfinders and midwives of the new South Africa for the past five decades.

As one delegate said, the conference represented the best of the cadres of the ANC who are committed to reclaiming the legacy of the ANC, which is being dragged through the mud by the dominant faction within the current elected leadership of the movement. They were also determined to send a clear message to delegates who will be at the ANC elective conference – that they should never vote into leadership those who are likely to continue on the current disastrous trajectory that is leading the ANC to its demise.

 

The conference also attracted scores of younger people from various generations, starting from the 1990s to the #FeesMustFall generation, who were energised by the vision and commitment of the veterans and stalwarts to save the ANC and the country. They helped with various tasks – logistical arrangements, recording, drafting of conference documents and so forth. They also participated in the discussions, such that, in the end, the consultative conference was more than just an assembly of veterans and stalwarts alone.

Participants discussed issues with the frankness and seriousness we last encountered in the ANC more than a decade ago. The discussions covered such areas as the role of civil society in the nation’s affairs, the perilous state of the ANC and what to do with it, the economic crisis and what to do with it, how to build a united nonracial society, strengthening the electoral system and arresting our seemingly permanent bumpy ride in the zone of constitutional crises.

There was neither the heckling nor the obscurantism and obfuscation we have become accustomed to in political gatherings over the years. I may dare add that not a single chair flew towards anybody who differed with another.

A young comrade in his early 40s later told me that of the many things that stood out about the discussions was the discernible honesty of the inputs, including the ones to which he was opposed. Those intimately familiar with ANC processes over the past decade will doubtlessly agree that sincerity is one of the elements we have sadly lost.

To underscore this point, a few people lost valuables such as cellphones, purses and wallets. Illustrative of the pedigree of the attendees, each one of the items were found and handed over to the presiding officers.

The NCC appraisal of the ANC and the state of the nation resonated with the concerns of ordinary people in the urban and rural areas. Its declaration decried the “betrayal of our people’s long-standing support and trust in the ANC”.

This followed the questions that had been raised in the keynote address at the formal opening dinner as to “how the ANC ended up being where it is” and “how was it possible for a revolutionary movement like the ANC to end up being captured to serve the interests of the few at the expense of the masses?”

The declaration also lamented the failure of the president, the executive and Parliament to discharge their constitutional obligations; the mismanagement of the economy, which has exacerbated already high levels of unemployment and poverty; the appalling state of the education system; and the moral degeneration overseen by a self-centred leadership devoid of honesty, integrity and a vision for the future.

It concluded that “the ANC has relinquished its leadership of society and plunged itself into an untenable political crisis”, and noted that this “represents a danger to all South Africans [committed to] justice and who desire rapid progress towards a better life for all”.

The fact that the elected leadership of the ANC officially decided to absent themselves from the consultative conference is therefore hardly surprising. We cannot expect those responsible for sowing the seeds of

the bitter fruit we are now forced to consume to tolerate such a critical and uncomfortable discussion.

This once again confirmed the truism that for their role in getting the ANC and the country to this unenviable space, the dominant faction within the leadership of the ANC is not going to allow the differently minded to influence it in another direction. The current state of rot is, without doubt, an opportunity to them. They need the chaos and impotence for them to profit illegally, as well as to protect their loot and ensure that they never go to jail for crimes some of them have committed.

A bitter and protracted struggle therefore awaits those, like the veterans and stalwarts who gathered at the NCC and the dominant faction in the ANC, unless, of course, the delegates of the ANC at the conference elected leaders with no baggage that will discredit the party and its commitment to radically change the lives of the people.

For example, the NCC declaration enjoins the stalwarts and veterans to work for the creation of an Organisational Renewal Commission to be adopted at the forthcoming elective conference of the ANC.

Among other things, the commission would assess the suitability of the elected leadership at all levels in line with the adopted documents, in particular Through the Eye of the Needle, and take urgent and practical steps to professionalise and modernise the ANC with priority being given to the membership system.

The test the newly elected leadership must pass is their willingness to hold a national consultative conference convened and led by it to clean up the mess within the organisation.

The NCC also called on the Integrity Commission to be turned into an independent constitutional structure of the ANC that can act outside the influence of elected officials and report directly to the national executive committee. This, it was felt, would ensure that the reports and recommendations of the commission become part of the solution of the challenges facing the organisation and are not suppressed, as has happened in the past year or so.

In a radical departure from the existing internal party electoral system, and to avoid the national executive committee (NEC) being captured as the Mangaung NEC was, the consultative conference called for a one

member, one vote system in the election of the NEC and to place a limit on the number of government deployees who serve on the NEC.

The conference stressed the need to root out corruption and singled out Eskom, SAA and the SA Revenue Service as three state entities that must be attended to as a matter of urgency. In this regard, it said that “s judicial enquiry must be set up urgently to investigate state capture and corruption that has served to undermine the ANC, and the culprits must be apprehended and prosecuted without unnecessary delays. Ill-gotten monies must be confiscated and used to fund developmental projects.”

The conference also called for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, arguing that “he has let the ANC, our people and country down” and “brought the ANC into disrepute and violated [the Constitution of the republic]”. Personally, I suspect that everyone at the conference knew that the call would inevitably fall on deaf ears. Nevertheless, it was important to point out that this call was being made in the interest of the ANC and the country.

The question that has been asked since the NCC is, “where to after the conference?”

The task team of the veterans and stalwarts has decided on a two-phase strategy – a pre-elective conference and a post elective conference programme.

The focus before the elective conference will be on discussions with national officials of the organisation and its alliance partners; ensuring that the declaration of the consultative conference reaches all members of the NEC of the ANC, provincial and regional leadership, and branches of the ANC; encourage delegates who participated in the consultative conference from various provinces organise feedback sessions at provincial levels to ensure that delegates to the conference are well aware of issues of concern from the consultative conference; and enhance media engagements to strengthen the messaging to the rest of the people of South Africa.

The objective is to ensure that the resolutions in the declaration of the NCC find expression at the forthcoming elective conference of the ANC.

The focus after the elective conference will be on engagement with the newly elected leadership, and a push to have a second national consultative conference – convened by the elected leadership – to clean

up the movement and reposition it in a manner that can win the confidence of the masses of the people of South Africa again. This will also help in developing a turnaround strategy for the economy to better the lives of all the people of South Africa, especially the poor and disadvantaged.

The task team of the veterans and stalwarts also decided that the declaration of the NCC should be used, together with the The Eye of the Needle, to guide delegates to the elective conference to ensure that they do not elect leaders who are corrupt or compromised; or those who are captured and used to serve the interests of their factions, individuals and families rather than those of the people. Conference delegates must also ensure that nominated leaders who are supported by corrupt and compromised leaders and members of the ANC do not come close to the levers of power.

Aware that the consultative conference is but one way of addressing the challenges of the ANC and the country, the veterans and stalwarts will continue to engage society more broadly to ensure that the ANC is accountable, not only to itself but to society as a whole.

The veterans and stalwarts of the movement ended the consultative conference confident that the journey to turn the ANC and the country around had begun in earnest, and that its immediate success will depend on the choices delegates make at the elective conference. It is hoped that the elective conference will not disappoint. If it does, the people of South Africa will have to go back to the trenches of struggle to liberate the country from capture by corrupt individuals.

. Chikane is a church leader, a former director-general in the presidency and secretary of Cabinet, and is part of the ‘101 plus’ group of ANC veterans and stalwarts

Fedusa

FEDUSA Concerned about Eskom’s Financial Position 21 November 2017

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is concerned that global credit rating agency Fitch has placed Eskom on a Rating Watch Negative (RWN) as this may force the cash strapped state power  utility to apply for yet another tariff increase or lay-off workers on a large scale to stay afloat. RWN refers to the status that the credit-rating agencies gives Eskom while they are deciding whether to lower that company’s credit rating.  Moreover, Eskom has borrowed R355 billion from different institutions. The book value of equity as reported in the financial results for the year ended March 2017 is R175.9 billion. The debt-to-equity ratio is currently 2.0x.

FEDUSA is concerned that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) bought and holds almost R100 billion worth of Eskom bonds. On average, the coupon payable on the bonds held by the PIC is 7.9% per year.

The negative outlook comes as the country is on a knife edge as deep political uncertainty grows over what rating agencies will say about South Africa when announce the sovereign credit rating on Friday. The agencies have already downgraded South Africa to a sub-investment level or junk status. However speculation is rife that crediting rating agencies will put the announcement of another sovereign downgrading on hold until the outcome of the ANC’s elective conference in December.

“The RWN reflects our intention to reassess the strengths of Eskom’s with the government of South Africa (BB+/Stable) due to Eskom’s weakening liquidity and funding access partially stemming from unresolved governance issues, weak cash flows driven by lower than expected increases due to delays in implementing outstanding regulatory clearing account applications,” Richard Barrow, Fitch’s Principal Analyst said in statement.

Barrow said the key drivers for placing Eskom on a RWN were corporate governance and liquidity issues. It is argued that one in four South Africans or 26% will source their energy from Eskom by 2030, this will reduce the demand for electricity.

“Fitch understands Eskom began a recovery programme to address the findings relating to the qualified audit opinion in the 2017 annual results. The most recent CEO rotations and their increased frequency increases uncertainty about the continuity of the recovery plan. The programme has not yet provided confidence that the targets will be met despite our have been achieved understanding that the milestones set by the committees have been achieved at end – September improving corporate governance,” he said.

“Fitch expects the Minister of Public Enterprises to appoint a permanent Board before the end of November. Eskom has an interim Board on nine members rather than 15. Fitch expects the new Board to appoint permanent management”.

ANC

NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS 17 – 19TH NOVEMBER 2017

More than six hundred members of the ANC convened  a three day National Consultative Conference at the Constitutional Hill. The gathering was also attended by former presidents-Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe,ANC National Executive members, and members of parliament. The NCC adopted a declaration calling for president Zuma to resign with immediate effect.

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SAVING THE ANC FOR THE SAKE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S FUTURE

WE HAVE COME TOGETHER IN THIS NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE

As national representatives of Stalwarts and Veterans of the African National Congress and MK Council together with our fraternal organisations, SANCO, COSATU, SACP and ANC Veterans League as well as our allies from the Strategic Dialogue Group and taking into account the concerns from Civil Society, are all united by our love and concerns for our country South Africa and the African National Congress.

We are profoundly committed to the ANC, proud of its role in the achievement of our democracy and in the progress towards meeting our people’s aspirations as embodied in the Freedom Charter.

We are deeply troubled by the abandonment of the ANC’s historic values and principles, which has undermined popular confidence in government, parliament, state owned entities and other public institutions. This is an unprecedented political crisis.

We are also deeply hurt by what we regard to be a betrayal of our people’s long-standing support and trust in the ANC.

We observe that the current elected leadership of the ANC is paralysed and unable to deal with ill-discipline, incompetence and corruption that point directly to the highest office in the land.

We further observe that parliament and the executive, led by the President has been found to have failed in their constitutional obligations by the highest court of the land.

We are deeply disturbed by the leadership’s disdain for co-operation with relevant community-based organisations, thus relinquishing the ANC’s leadership of society.

The mismanagement of our economy has led to unprecedented unemployment rates. This has exacerbated the levels of poverty amongst the masses of our people. Women, the marginalised in our society, in particular the youth have suffered immensely from the full brunt of the leadership’s reckless decisions and indecisiveness.

The appalling state of the nation’s education system at all levels continues to promote marginalization of significant sections of our society especially our youth, which is destroying the lives of future generations.

The increased crime rates and the deplorable insecurity within our vulnerable communities in the background of the corrupted and dysfunctional policing and prosecution services together with unrelenting and dehumanizing gender violence, leaves a sore eye to witness.

We are witness to the moral degeneration in society that is overseen by a self-centred, non-caring leadership that lacks honesty, integrity and a vision for the future.

WE HAVE SEEN THE LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS CAUSE IMMENSE DAMAGE TO THE COUNTRY, AS A RESULT OF:

· The systematic looting of public resources by elected representatives and public servants to the detriment of social cohesion.

· The unparalleled capture of state institutions for factional and corrupt purposes.

· The marginalisation of many competent and honest leaders and officials who sought to protect the country from such dishonourable practices.

· Many deplorable instances of assassinations and other forms of violence relating to political infighting and acts of criminality;

· The systematic erosion of the State’s ability to carry out its constitutional mandate of delivering services to our people;

· The failure to implement the transformative social and economic programmes aimed at improving the lives of our people.

· Diminishing the stature and reputation of South Africa and the African National Congress in the eyes of our people, the sister peoples on the African continent and the world at large.

WE HAVE SEEN THE CRISIS IN THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS WEAKEN OUR MOVEMENT AND PROMOTE DIVISIONS:

· The ANC leadership has fallen prey to forces who seek to advance their own selfish and corrupt interests which is inconsistent with the values, policy positions and ethos in the advancement of the National Democratic Revolution;

· Membership of the ANC has come to be seen by some as a path to positions, personal power, privilege and licence to plunder the state resources.

· In government, some members of the ANC have failed to resist and combat actions that subvert the democratic state.

· The ANC-led Alliance is polarised, divided and weakened.

· The social distance between elected representatives and the people has widened and support for the ANC has declined in recent elections.

· As many ANC branches have fallen prey to gate keeping, as a result of factions seeking political office to plunder public resources rather than to serve the people.

· Members who raise their voices in protest against the downward spiral of the ANC have often been threatened and marginalised.

· Our parliamentary caucus has been divided over mechanisms of enforcing accountability and for restoring the credibility of parliament.

In short, the ANC has relinquished its leadership of society and plunged itself into an untenable political crisis. This development represents a danger to all South Africans who love justice and who desire rapid progress towards a better life for all.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS CAN AND MUST BE SAVED

We feel the pain of our people whose enthusiasm, trust and love for the ANC has been dampened.

We acknowledge that our failure to address these issues timeously has contributed towards the grave reputational damage, political and moral crisis facing our organisation and country.

We are however convinced that our movement, with a rigorous, serious and genuine introspection can self-correct and be rescued from its current crisis.

THIS NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE RECOGNISES THAT

· Turning the ANC from its present destructive path will not be a simple matter.

· A programme of self-correction must build on the ANC’s historic values of service, selflessness and integrity.

Self-correction will require sustained introspection, critical analysis and concerted action to restore the ANC’s credibility as a leader of society and a humble listening organization that is rooted amongst the masses of our people it seeks to lead.

WHAT IS TO BE DONE TO SAVE THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS AND SOUTH AFRICA

We are determined to work with many partners who share the historic vision of the ANC to build a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous nation.

We will not allow the ANC to die under our watch.

We believe, with our many years of commitment and contribution, we carry the wishes and authority of ordinary members of the ANC as well as the millions of our people.

We strongly affirm our belief that this historic National Consultative Conference can help to heal the ills currently afflicting the African National Congress.

We pledge to spread the message of this National Consultative Conference to our ANC branches its higher structures, the country and the world at large.

WE THEREFORE COMMIT TO CALL FOR THE FOLLOWING

A. THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS NEEDS ORGANIZATIONAL RENEWAL

1. The ANC Conference in December 2017, in accordance with rule 11.5 of the ANC Constitution, establishes a committee to design and develop a renewal document, For the Sake of our Future including a plan of

action and oversee a thorough renewal of the ANC structures including the branches as follows amongst others:

· To assess and scrutinise the suitability of the elected leadership at all levels in line with the adopted documents, in particular “Through the Eye of the Needle”,

· Takes urgent and practical steps to professionalise and modernise the ANC with priority being given to the membership system;

· take full advantage of the advances in the information, communication technology and management sciences to continue to put in place a better membership system;

· communicate effectively with its membership, core constituency and society in general;

· introduce progressive management methods in the running of the ANC;

· supervise the formulation of practical strategies to ensure that the ANC develops both human and material resources to fulfill its historic task to lead the continuing struggle for the all-round victory of the Democratic Revolution;

· promote a value system that obliges its members and those of its members who are in the State apparatus to serve in the interest of the people of South Africa;

· oppose all corrupt practices, including the abuse of power by all its members in the organization and all institutions of State to enrich themselves or individuals and/or corporations;

· must defeat the establishment of cliques and factions which subvert our united national effort to achieve the inclusive democratic transformation of South Africa in the realisation of the goals of shared prosperity, poverty eradication and reduction of inequality in a growing economy;

· work together with society for the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society;

· respect for and the strengthening of the institutions of the democratic State;

· continuous respect for and strengthening of democratic practices and therefore the rule of law;

2. The Integrity Commission must be an independent constitutional structure within the ANC with the capacity to act independently from and without the influence of the ANC NEC or any official, including the president of the organization. Implementation of its recommendations of the integrity commission. The integrity commission must submit its report directly to the NEC.

3. There must be a one member one vote for a direct election of NEC.

4. The number of deployed NEC members in government must be capped.

5. The Tripartite Alliance must be revitalized, strengthened and respected.

B. THE REVITALIZATION OF THE ECONOMY IS AN IMPERATIVE

1. Corruption must be rooted out from all levels of government and state owned companies – Eskom, SAA and SARS in particular.

2. A judicial enquiry must be urgently set up to investigate state capture and corruption that has served to undermine ANC and the culprits must be apprehended and prosecuted without unnecessary delays.

3. Ill-gotten monies must be confiscated back to fund developmental projects.

4. Hope and confidence in the South African economy must be restored by stakeholder engagement and embarking in an investment pact with business, labour, communities and government.

5. Youth unemployment and job creation must be prioritized

C. OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY MUST BE DEFENDED

1. We must work with the Civil Society to defend the constitution and rights of all our citizens.

2. The constitution of the ANC must be aligned with that of our country.

3. The president must be directly elected and her/his powers be moderated in line with the prescripts of our country’s constitution.

D. THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM NEEDS REVIEW

1. An Electoral Review Commission must be established for the regular reviews of our electoral system and take into account a hybrid system of a constituency and proportional representation system;

2. The Independent Electoral Commission must handle our elections.

3. The ANC president and chairpersons at various levels must be directly elected by one member one vote.

E. BUILDING A NON-RACIAL SOCIETY REMAINS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE

1. Retrogressive tendencies of ethnicity, tribalism, racism and all forms of discrimination must be outlawed and resisted.

2. Education and economic equity must be ensured as they restore dignity and respect and enhance racial harmony.

3. ANC as a progressive organization must promote, enrich and educate all sectors of our society on non-racialism.

F. CIVIL SOCIETY IS AN ALLY

1. The ANC must view and treat Civil Society as a natural ally for the enhancement of nation building and service delivery.

2. Civil Society is partner in development, on policy and its implementation.

3. Together with Civil Society corruption and current attempts to acquire nuclear power must be rejected and resisted.

THIS NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE FURTHERMORE

1. Calls on all women and men of honour and integrity within the ANC and government to stand up against all forms of corruption, expose, reject and isolate the dishonest elements that seek to undermine and destroy our organisation, government and our reputation.

2. Calls for an open and fair election of the new ANC national leadership at the forthcoming December 2017 elective conference that will be committed to stamping out corruption and state capture with immediate effect.

3. A principled new leadership will be expected to heed a call for an urgent, all- inclusive conference that will get a process underway of correcting the wrongs within the ANC through an intense and fundamental organisational renewal into a truly modern organisation that will be adequately fit for purpose and responsive to the challenges of our times.

4. Calls upon President Zuma, for the sake of our future, to resign with immediate effect as State President and as President of the ANC because he has let the ANC, our people and country down. He has brought the ANC into disrepute and violated our South African Constitution.

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STATEMENT OF THE THABO MBEKI FOUNDATION ON THE RECENT SUPREME COURT of APPEAL JUDGMENT SETTING ASIDE THE WITHDRAWAL OF CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST PRESIDENT ZUMA.

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has noted with renewed hope, the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal on the matter involving the President of the Republic, the National Prosecutions Authority and the Democratic Alliance.

The TMF also notes that this judgement has set the parties involved and the country on a course that hopefully will soon bring to finality the matter which has caused the country undue and unnecessary strain for more than a decade and a half.

Delivering the President¹s report at the ANC¹s 52nd National Conference in Polokwane, President Thabo Mbeki conceded that, one of the most difficult and painful challenges [the ANC has] faced over the last five years have arisen around out of matters affecting our Deputy President.
Part of the difficulty we faced in this regard, which has resulted in
many of our members criticising the NEC for failing to provide
leadership, was that here we were dealing with an unprecedented
situation, and therefore had no body of experience that would help our leadership and movement to deal with this situation adequately. All of us hope that we will and can put these matters behind us sooner rather than later.

Sadly, almost decade since this statement was made, this matter has
visited upon our country, its people and our justice system, long lasting consequences reaching far beyond our borders.

We also hope, that the judgment will finally put to rest, what has been over this period, a sustained narrative, devoid of truth and factual basis, that President Mbeki unduly interfered with law enforcement agencies in an effort to ensure the Prosecution of President Zuma, an otherwise innocent figure, in an effort to prevent him from assuming the  office of the Presidency of the ANC and eventually that of the Republic.
On this instance, one Mr Willie Hofmeyr, disingenuously sought to sustain this false narrative, in a futile effort to aid the NPA¹s case.

As Judge Navsa correctly observed, Mr Hofmeyr, is an experienced
litigator who should know better than to present the case in the manner described in this matter. Professedly advancing the case of NPA’s independence and integrity, he achieved the exactly the opposite.

As we welcome, once again, the formal vindication of our Patron, as the TMF however we derive no joy, due to immense damage this case has caused to our body politic and our country¹s institutions, a phenomenon which continues unabated and will take many years to restore.

It is a shame that we have in our country people charged with the
responsibility of dispensing justice for the sustenance of our
Constitutional democracy who finds it apposite that they can use such positions for the exact opposite ends, regardless of the consequences of their behaviour, as in the case of Mr Hofmeyr.

All what is required in this regard, is for the parties to do what in law
they are required to do.

We would like to urge the NPA, therefore, to act accordingly and
speedily, in the interest of justice and the country, in order to bring
to finality a matter Justice Navsa correctly described, quoting TS Eliot, the recurrent end of the unending.