- The ANC leadership paid homage to the Zulu King
- Their visit was part of a campaign to raise support for the ANC
- They shared gifts and spoke about the land reform policies
ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa was accompanied by his deputy‚ David Mabuza‚ national chairman Gwede Mantashe‚ secretary-general Ace Magashule and treasurer Paul Mashatile on a visit to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on Sunday.
The five ANC party members paid the courtesy visit to King Zwelithini’s Osuthu Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, as part of a campaign to renew and reunite the ruling party.
Briefly.co.za found out that they were also there to brief the king on the outcome of the 54th national elective conference held in Nasrec in December.
The ANC experienced a lot of conflict ahead of its elective conference which saw Ramaphosa defeat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Magashule told the media that the purpose of the meeting was to introduce the new ANC leadership to the king, but he also said the ANC will be working towards uniting the party across the country.
"It's about the renewal and revival of the ANC as we celebrate 106 years‚" he said.
Warring KwaZulu-Natal ANC leaders were also been invited to attend the meeting with the king as part of the attempts to unify the party.
Ramaphosa echoed Magashule‚ saying that they were pleased that the king approved of the drive to renew the ANC.
"Your Majesty we're going to work very hard to forge the unity that you want to see in the ANC and the majority of the people want to see‚" he said.
Ramaphosa presented the Zulu monarch with three of his own African long-horned Watusi cattle from his farm as well as another cow. During his last visit before the conference last year‚ he presented the king with one cow of the same breed. The king in turn gave him a shield made of Nguni cowhide.
The visit by the ANC’s top leadership to the province will also see them laying wreaths at the graves of founding party leaders John Langalibalele Dube‚ Josiah Gumede and Inkosi Albert Luthuli.
Magashule said they will also be visiting other traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape and across the country.
Ramaphosa praised the king for his passion about working the land. He said the ANC conference had resolved to expropriate land without compensation.
"We took a resolution that in the last 23 years we have not seen the progress we would have liked to see in terms of land distribution. We're now going to return the land to our people. We're going to expropriate land without compensation‚" he said.
However‚ Ramaphosa said this should be done without harming the country's economy‚ agricultural activities and threatening food security.
In speaking to the media, Magashule would not be drawn on the agenda of the ANC NEC meeting on Wednesday as calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down gain momentum.
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