- Deputy President David Mabuza said that the African National Congress will fight corruption within its structures
- Mabuza added that the ruling party is not inherently corrupt but that some of its members are and need to be removed
- The deputy president encouraged the party's Youth League to commit to values that will ensure that they build an upstanding structure
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POLOKWANE - David Mabuza, the Deputy President, addressed African National Congress (ANC) supporters in Limpopo. He said that the ruling party has committed itself to fighting corruption and removing corrupt leaders from its party structure.
Mabuza said that South Africans need to differentiate between the party and its members. While the party is not inherently corrupt, there are ANC members who are guilty of corrupt practices.
Tomorrow (8 January), the ANC will celebrate their 110th birthday in Limpopo, which the deputy president said will symbolise a new chapter for the party, one of renewal and rebuilding, EWN reports.
Mabuza outlines the ANC's future plans
The deputy president said that the ruling party aims to cleanse itself of people who engage in illegal activities. Mabuza said that this applies to the ANC Youth League too.
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"We are going to get rid of all the rogue elements within the movement. Thugs, criminals, we are going to get rid of all of those leaders within the movement who are corrupt,” Mabuza said.
Mabuza encouraged the Youth League members to avoid fighting with each other and to build an inspiring movement free of corruption and other illegal practices, according to IOL. He added that this was important as most of them will graduate to ANC leadership structures in the future.
Reactions to Mabuza's statements
Nomvula Mokonyane promises ANC's 110th birthday celebration will be a modest affair, staff awaiting salaries
"Your self-correction looks exactly like how y'all fix potholes."
"It may have the power and capacity to self-correct, but that means nothing without the desire to do so."
"Get rid of private capital influence over @MYANC resolutions and policy decisions."
"You forgot that people have the power to remove your movement in that position. It's a matter of time, your movement faces the music."
"Do so please, but not on our time using the nation’s resources. Relinquish power, self-correct, then come back an actual political party."
Ace Magashule snubbed, alternative event will not go ahead
In earlier news about the ANC's birthday bash, Briefly News reported that the African National Congress (ANC) will celebrate their 110th birthday in Polokwane tomorrow (8 January), but Ace Magashule, the suspended secretary-general, is not invited.
An alternative event was going to be held in Musina to allow Magashule an opportunity to join in the celebrations, but Rhuzani Ludere, the regional secretary, told the branch that hosting the alternative event goes against the ANC's constitution.
Ludere said that since he has been suspended from the ANC, Magashule is not permitted to attend any event linked to the party or where he could be viewed as a representative
Source: Briefly News