Calls for the ANC to elect new leadership

Former ANC commanders have called on the ANC to convene a special national congress.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A collective of former African National Congress (ANC) military commanders have called on the ANC to convene a special national congress to elect new leadership.

In a letter, generals of the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe movement also call on the ANC to deal directly with the alleged Gupta family's influence over its leadership.

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The letter was handed to the ANC's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe during the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting over the weekend and is signed by former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

General Nyanda says an earlier draft of the letter to the ANC, in which they call for a dignified exit to be negotiated for President Jacob Zuma, has since been amended.

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He says the leadership issue would be resolved at a special national congress, which they're now demanding.

"We are calling for a special conference and when we call for a conference of the ANC, the conference elects leadership and does everything."

Nyanda says there is serious concern about the Guptas' alleged influence among the liberation army veterans.

"We've been worried about the pernicious influence that these people seem to have in relation to many aspects of government, including their influence in the appointment of ministers."

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On Sunday, the ANC acknowledged receipt of the letter but condemned its leak to the media, saying it undermined the issues raised.

To read the full memorandum by Umkhonto we Sizwe commanders, click here.