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.
12 May 1992
The African National Congress is aware of the announcement by the Government of Turkey that the Ataturk Award will be presented to ANC President on 19 May.
Nelson Mandela has spent his whole life in the service of democracy, human rights and freedom from oppression.
The ANC wishes to state quite categorically that Mr Mandela has not accepted the Ataturk Award, and has no plans to visit Turkey. The ANC`s attitude does not reflect any negative view of Kemal Ataturk, the reformer and founder of modern Turkey.
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