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Motlanthe: Point out the ANC's failures

Kgalema Motlanthe has urged the international community to help them correct the ANC's failures.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has urged the international community to point out the ANC's failures, so that the ruling party can correct them.

He was speaking at the International Solidarity conference in Pretoria yesterday, and told delegates revolutionary organisations from across the world should work closely together.

The Middle East featured high on the declarations made by the International Solidarity conference.

One speaker said violence there was "worse than what we experienced under apartheid".

Local and international delegates also called on warring parties in Syria to end the violence there.

The deputy president used the opportunity to call on the organisation to point out weaknesses in how the ANC runs the country.

"We rely on you to be candid with us as a movement."

He said progressive organisations were in a better position to advise the ruling party because they helped secure the country's freedom.

The conference declared former statesman Nelson Mandela and Cuban leader Fidel Castro as symbols of progressive struggles.