106 ANC veterans call for national conference to save party’s legacy

The struggle veterans will meet with the ANC’s NEC to present a document titled ‘For the sake of the country’.

FILE: ANC veteran Reverend Frank Chikane. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) struggle veterans will meet with the party’s national executive committee in Pretoria today.

The group of 106 stalwarts and veterans are expected to present a document titled 'For the sake of the country'.

In it, the stalwarts call for a national consultative conference, which they believe will create a credible platform to save the party’s legacy

Frank Chikane, Cheryl Carolus and Denis Goldberg are expected to be among the 30 stalwarts to present the document.

Spokesperson for the veterans, Mpho Mosimane, says, “The programme is that there will be a presentation by the stalwarts and veterans group and then the NWC will present in response to their document. And then there will be a discussion.”

The veterans have also expressed concern over the ANC’s loss of support at this year’s polls and recent developments at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the National Treasury.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has told Eyewitness News he does not want to preempt how today’s meeting between the ANC’s national working committee and party veterans will go, but says they will be listening attentively.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a front line service delivery monitoring workshop in Kempton Park on Monday morning.

“Many of them, we know each other, so it’s family discussing among themselves.”

Radebe, who is also a member of the national working committee says, he’s looking forward to a robust discussion with ANC veterans

“So we’ll be listening very attentively, so I don’t want to preempt what’s going to be discussed."

Among the topics expected to be on the agenda, include the Public Protectors state of capture report, Sars and state security agencies such as the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks.

ZUMA'S COMMENTS

Political analysts say Zuma’s comments at the ANC cadres forum are an indication that he’s pushing back at what has been described as a regime change agenda.

At the weekend, the president took a swipe at his critics, political parties and civil society group Save SA, questioning their motives and claiming to have information that he would one day reveal.

Zuma says there are people who are a part of a funded campaign against the ANC and are being used by white monopoly capital to destroy the ruling party because it remains a threat.

Analyst Somadoda Fikeni says President Zuma has now entered survival mode.

“There’s no doubt that the president feels vulnerable and he feels he’s been attacked from within the organisation itself.”

But Professor Sipho Seepe disagrees.

“If you were to see more than three of four provinces taking him on, then I’d say he’s now reached a stage of surviving. But what you see there is a person who’s saying now it’s time to fight back.”

Opposition parties have lambasted Zuma for saying he knows the real thieves stealing from the state, saying he must come clean as a part of his legal obligation as president.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)