- President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC needs to reposition itself to become fit for purpose once more
- Amid waning voter support, the president wants to regain the trust lost in the ruling party
- This comes as the ANC attempts to rally supporters ahead of its annual statement this weekend
The ANC has lost the nation's trust once again and President Cyril Ramaphosa says it needs to regain the lost ground.
Speaking ahead of the party's annual statement, Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of finding the way back into voters' good books:
"This African National Congress has led the cause of bringing about democracy in our country, justice in our country but also more importantly, that now in the second transition. We are involved in pursuing the idea of economic transformation."
Ramaphosa feels this would be achieved by eradicating graft in the party's ranks, reports eNCA:
"We need to get rid of corruption within our ranks. We must reposition the ANC so that it can be loved once again. The ANC must renew itself. The ANC must be united."
Internally, the ANC needs to unite and leave behind the factionalism exhibited in the past:
"We are involved in the process of renewing ourselves so that we can once again be the ANC that subscribes to the principles, the values, the principles of integrity that Sol Plaatjie, John Langalibalele Dube and so many other leaders subscribed to."
Briefly.co.za reported that the party's 108th birthday celebrations had taken place on Wednesday in Galeshewe, Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
The National Executive Committee's 8 January statement will be taking place on Saturday.
Some Luthuli House employees voiced concerns that the extravaganza would hinder the timely payment of salaries.
This follows an ordeal over the festive season where wages were delayed, but spokesperson Pule Mabe insists that the incident was blown out of proportion.
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