The African National Congress (ANC) is facing an internal rebellion in the Northern Cape as disgruntled members and leaders defy party instructions. On Sunday the subcommittee chairperson, Nathi Mthethwa, held a briefing on the party’s strategy and tactics document. The dispute over membership records, resulted in sporadic incidents of violence and has put a halt to the province’s plans to hold an elective conference to choose new leaders. The conference was expected to kick off on Wednesday, but a final date has yet to be scheduled.
Committee representatives believe they can avoid following the fate of other liberation movements
Despite uncertainty, committee representatives for political education in South Africa believe they can avoid following the fate of other liberation movements which fade to black after achieving freedom for their people. Mthethwa acknowledged that internal fights, money politics and factionalism were not helping the liberation movement to move the country forward as it was supposed to.
The eldest granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Mandela, 52, has been urged to reconsider her decision not to vote for the governing African National Congress. She recently stated she no longer believed the ANC represented the values of her illustrious relative. Ms. Mandela has identified the country’s social care crisis and its treatment of psychiatric patients as “tipping points” that added to her loss of faith in the ANC. As a nurse, running a Mandela family foundation to tackle rural poverty, she said the ANC’s recent period in power had left her feeling despondent because the party was neglecting to care for the poor. According to BBC News, Mandla Mandela, shared an open letter encouraging his sister to remain within the ANC, breathe new life into it and “[revitalize] the values and principles that secured our democracy”.
What we are dissatisfied with in the ANC, it is our obligation to set right. The ANC has been the heartbeat of our family for many years.
Mandla urged her to re-evaluate how she could help revive the party instead, saying “I call on you… to reconsider your decision…Please do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. What we are dissatisfied with in the ANC, it is our obligation to set right. The ANC has been the heartbeat of our family for many years. One can only imagine the many crises and challenges our grandfather lived through since joining the ANC.” Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an anti-apartheid icon, ensured that the ANC has held power since he was elected president in the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.