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
18 December 2012
The African National Congress (ANC) notes with concern the utterances by the Cosatuís General Secretary about our 53rd conference currently underway in Mangaung.
In the organizational report of this conference we said, Cosatuís public posture at times causes problems for the ANC. Now, because Cde Zwelinzima Vavi was not in the conference when the organizational report was delivered, he repeats the same mistake.
If he doubts the positive impact of this conference, he must monitor the international financial markets.
The ANC delegates to this conference exercised their democratic right and that right canít be dwarfed by Cosatu as fighting for positions.
We think it is premature of Cosatu to make such remarks about ANC leadership at the time when we are electing leaders to the NEC.
Some of the issues Cde Vavi raised should have been reserved for Alliance engagements and not dangled to the media.
President Jacob Zuma, shortly after being elected, made a passionate plea to Delegates to treat each other as Comrades.
Cde Vavi must remember that, the contestation for leadership positions is part of democratic culture for the ANC.
African National Congress
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