Key Events in the ANC
Lessons in tolerance and democracy
The signing of a reunification agreement between factions of the Sudanese People`s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Arusha, Tanzania last week restores hope for peace in South Sudan, the world`s youngest nation. It also contains valuable lessons for African liberation movements as they strive for national progress and continental renewal.
A tradition of resistance that has spanned generations
On Saturday, 17 January 2015, we attended a Cape Town Minstrel Carnival. This is an annual event dating back to slavery days. Local slaves - the ancestors of many of today`s Cape Minstrels - had only one day a year when they would dare to relax and let loose: 2 January, when their masters were sleeping off the debauchery of New Year`s parties the day before.
Zelda Le Grange, a mere symptom of white supremacy
In the recent past, our country has been faced with an increasing challenge of a clandestine but yet open instances of an emergence of racism practised in the form of social commentary under the guise of Freedom of Speech, through the Arts and quiet sadly, through instances of violence which in some cases have resulted in death. The latest in these extremely concerning activities has been the outburst on social media by former President Nelson Mandela`s private Secretary Ms Zelda Le Grange, who was purportedly responding to President Jacob Zuma`s remarks on the occasion of celebrating the 103rd†Anniversary of the African National Congress in Cape Town.
Madiba as an embodiment of the ANCís value system
The African National Congress (ANC) as a revolutionary national liberation movement differs from its political counterparts, or strategic opponents, in the South African body politic not just by the content of its elections manifestos. It is also distinguished by its set of values, political culture and organisational discipline. These three sets of qualities, can be collectively described as the ANC`s value system. The ANCís values are loyalty, integrity, selflessness, humility and honesty. Nelson Mandela was a living embodiment of the ANC`s value system.
Released after the NEC meeting which was held on the 19 - 21 September 2014
The NEC Bulletin was initiated to ensure that members of the ANC and Alliance partners are informed of the decisions taken by the National Executive Committee.
This is important in that the NEC is the highest decision making organ of the organisation.
This edition of the NEC Bulletin focus on the meeting of the National Executive of the ANC, held 19 - 21 September 2014. The meeting brought a range of issues to the discussions. It provided a way forward on how we should approach current challenges facing the movement.