SANCO: ‘ANC succession debate might lead to split’

The African National Congress(ANC) succession debate is being conducted in a reckless and ill-disciplined manner that might if unabated lead to a split of the ruling party and its revolutionary alliance, the South African National Civic Organisation(SANCO) warned on Monday.


“We are as SANCO extremely concerned that the sacrifices of our struggle for liberation including the gains of our revolution are about to be sacrificed on the altar of factionalism, self-interest and patronage,” declared SANCO General Secretary, Skhumbuzo Mpanza following the civic organisation’s two-day National Executive Committee(NEC) held at the Garden Court OR Tambo in Ekurhuleni over the weekend.


Mpanza said that the next alliance political council must focus on how to deal with counter-revolutionary tendencies that are leading the ANC towards a dangerous precipice.


“We are disappointed with the conduct of some of our leaders including fraternal structures that are pronouncing on their leadership preferences against a directive not to do so and might need to consider options available for SANCO to safeguard the interests and advance the aspirations of our communities if the ANC is imploding,” he said.


He added that the NEC has reiterated SANCO’s principled position not to participate in processes that will serve to advance the agenda of wedge-drivers as well as weaken the strength of the ANC and its revolutionary alliance.  


“Structures of the ANC are the ones that will at the right time and in the appropriate conference decide on who should lead their organisation,” highlighted Mpanza.


He stressed that SANCO has resolved not to be detracted from its mission to serve communities by ANC internal battles or sink with the ANC if that is the path it is choosing for itself.



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