The ANC is a national liberation movement. It was formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change.
The ANC's key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
This means the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.
Author : Jackson Mthembu
23 January 2013
The African National Congress welcomes the decision of the Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Comrade Richard Baloyi, of suspending the proposed amalgamation date of Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities as proposed by the Dermacations Board. We also welcome the decision of the Minister to engage all stakeholders. We believe that this decision will assist in enabling all stakeholders to engage meaningfully in considering the proposal from the Dermacations Board.
It is regrettable that a well intentioned initiative calculated to improve performance of local government has collapsed on the grounds of allegations of poor or non consultation with the affected communities. The ANC NEC members will work with the structures of the ANC on the ground to ensure that calm is restored. In this regard, the ANC structures will work closely with relevant government structures and community leaders to resolve the dispute.
We extend our condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones following a protest that deteriorated into sustained and destructive violence, looting and injury of people. We call on the police to act decisively against criminal elements who exploited genuine grievances of the people of Metsimaholo. We call on the people of all townships involved in the protest to give consultation a chance and reject violence.
African National Congress
Keith Khoza 0828239672