JOHANNESBURG – The newly elected head of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane has urged all ANC members to resolve their ‘petty’ differences peacefully and stop tainting the image of the party.
According to Mabuyane, for the party to advance well and retain its rightful status as the people’s party, it should isolate what he calls “bad elements” that have been thriving on anarchy.
Mabuyane was speaking to journalists after the High Court in Grahamstown dismissed a bid by other ANC members to nullify the Eastern Cape’s provincial congress on Tuesday.
He said all those involved in provocative acts should stop doing so because they are making the party look bad ahead of the national conference.
“We’re still calling members of the ANC to rise above these petty peripheral differences which are really stigmatising ANC in the public eye. So, we want people to come back and really embrace the ANC and move forward,” he said.
Although the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal are yet to resolve their conflicts, the ANC is just under 72 hours to its 54th national conference where party members will choose the rightful candidate to represent the party in the next presidential elections.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe is adamant that the upcoming conference will be a great success and that the ANC government will retain power in the presidential elections in 2019.
“The ANC will come through this conference a better ANC and it will go ahead and win the election in 2019. We are going into this election with our eyes not on 20 December but with our eyes are on 2019.”
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