- President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on his comrades to unite in order to save the ANC from failing
- The head of state added that South Africans would love the ruling party should they fight against corruption
- Ramaphosa made the remarks during the 150th commemoration celebrations for Struggle stalwart Charlotte Mannya Maxeke in the Eastern Cape
Fighting corruption is one of the key focus points for Cyril Ramaphosa in his presidency. However, the head of state has been battling to unite his party in his quest to rid it from corruption.
On Wednesday, while speaking at the 150th birthday celebrations for Charlotte Mannya Maxeke in the Eastern Cape, Ramaphosa warned ANC members that being divided could be the party's downfall.
IOL reported the ruling party dedicated this year to the late struggle stalwart by declaring it 'The Year of Unity, Renewal and Reconstruction in the Year of Charlotte Maxeke'.
Ramaphosa made a plea with the ANC Youth League to assist in uniting the ruling party ahead of a movement to suspend many members should they refuse to step aside at the end of the month.
The president reminded members of the elected leadership's mandate to unite and renew the ANC.
He added that should they fail to unite the party would likely come to a fall. City Press reported Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of dealing with corruption to win back South Africans' trust.
“I can see that nearly all of you love the ANC, but you will love the ANC more if you see the ANC acting against corruption and those who participate in corruption,” he said to applause from the crowd.
The 68-year-old billionaire added that those in the ANC who have been part of any wrongdoing will be dealt with.
"When we are being truthful, our people generally hate corruption because they don't benefit from from corruption. Only a few people benefit from corruption. And our people want a leadership that will give clear leadership to the membership of the ANC. That is what our people want."
The ANC Secretary-General is also planning to hold a meeting with Ramaphosa before the end of April. His plan is to discuss the 30-day step-aside rule set out to have members charged with serious crimes temporarily step down or face suspension.
After Magashule's meeting with Ramaphosa, he is planning to consult with former ANC leaders such as Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma.
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