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MK veterans concerned about rampant factionalism within ANC

The council has resolved to work against factionalism to root-out corruption within the ruling party.

FILE: Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans have gathered at a national council in Nasrec to discuss the unity within the ANC movement. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans will request a meeting with the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) for early next year to discuss their resolutions.

Stalwarts of MK held a national council meeting at the weekend in which they discussed ways to restore unity within the organisation.

The council has resolved to work against factionalism to root-out corruption within the ANC and to review the ruling party’s constitution.

MK veteran Siphiwe Nyanda says factionalism is killing the ANC and the appointment of the right people to senior positions.

“The how [part] will be discussed within the structures of the organisation in order to try to eliminate what’s a very harmful practice which leads to further divisions and that certainly is at the core of factionalism of the African National Congress.”

Nyanda says they will not address the leadership of the ANC through the media.

“One of the reasons why we are not giving you the resolutions is that we are disciplined members of the ANC.”

Nyanda says they will hand over their resolutions to the ANC to help address organisational problems.

“In spite of what you may have heard the secretary general of the ANC say, we are going to forward these resolutions to the ANC because it is our organisation.”

The Steering Committee is adamant it will be participating in all the activities of the party as it prepares for consultative and elective conference next year.

The council declined to share how resolution will be achieved, saying it needs to discuss these with the ANC leadership and they will not be addressing them through the media.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)