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 : Gwede Mantashe
22 October 2012
The Africa National Congress is satisfied with progress made since the opening of the National Conference nominations process at the beginning of October. We have now activated the conference Electoral Commission and as well as the agency. Given this progress we are certain to meet all our targeted timelines as per our plans.
The ANC branches have started with their BGMs that will select delegates and as well as nominate candidates for the ANC leadership. It is expected that once these processes have been completed they will culminate in each province convening a Provincial Nomination Conference that will consolidate all nominations from the branches.
Given the centrality of the branches of the ANC in the nomination process, we urge our structures to allow branches the space to engage in meaningful discussion as per the directive of the ANC NEC with a view to making informed decisions in their nominations. Our structures particularly our leagues, ANC provinces, individual NEC members and alliance partners, should resist the temptation to pre-empt the current discussions by announcing their preference.
In the history of the ANC, we have, with our alliance partners, respected each organisation`s independence by not interfering in the decision making process when electing leadership. Adherence to that conduct will benefit the critical processes of leadership assessment and informed nominations. We believe that this will assist in ensuring that branches are the primary organs of the ANC and they should determine the outcome and should not be influenced unduly.
ANC Secretary General
African National Congress
Jackson Mthembu 0823708401
Keith Khoza 0828239672