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ANC statement on Comrade Kader Asmal

23 October 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) has – with concern – observed the intense public debate between veteran ANC member Professor Kader Asmal and leaders of Umkhoto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKVA).

Today I held discussions at ANC headquarters Luthuli House with MKVA leaders to find closure and bring sanity on the matter.

While we accept responsibility of ensuring that the younger generation of our movement should respect ANC veterans, we equally expect veterans to provide leadership on issues.

In line with ANC tradition, Comrade Kader is welcome to engage us on any issue. But wish to warn that in taking on issues, self-destruction can bleed you to death.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General
African National Congress

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