- President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the NEC Lekgotla's outcomes, where he stated that the African National Congress is facing multiple problems that could lead to its decay
- Ramaphosa acknowledged the effects of the first section of the State Capture Report on the level of trust South Africans have in the ruling party
- The president said that state capture not only causes distrust from the public but that the ANC itself is experiencing a lack of morale
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JOHANNESBURG - Yesterday (23 January), President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the NEC Lekgotla's outcomes. He stated that the African National Congress (ANC) is facing multiple problems leading to the ruling party's decay.
Ramaphosa referred to the recently published first section of the State Capture Report and said it contains worrying information about the extent of state capture in South Africa. The president added that he acknowledges how the details in the report could cause South Africans to lose trust in the ANC.
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"Division and factions within the ANC are themselves becoming a threat to our democracy. Urgent intervention is required from all our social partners. Regression of ethical and moral leadership has resulted in what I would call an existential crisis," Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa's view of the ANC's future
According to eNCA, Ramaphosa said that state capture causes distrust from the public and that the ANC itself is experiencing a lack of morale that is fueling factionalism that could lead to the ruling party losing power completely both internally and externally.
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Ramaphosa said that the factions that have emerged within the ANC are counter-revolutionary and are threatening the ruling party from the inside, News24 reports. The president suggested that the current crisis be remedied by a renewed commitment to defending South Africa's democracy.
He concluded that a loss of ethical and moral values has led to the political turmoil currently facing the ANC. Members need to be held accountable and face disciplinary action for behaviour that negatively affects the ruling party.
South Africans react to Ramaphosa's statements
"We can do just fine without @MYANC."
"We will be fine. The @MYANC will not scare us. They are replaceable."
"The is no way their divisions should be a threat to this beautiful country unless we let them."
"ANC must discipline members": Cosatu president slams squabbling ANC leaders
In other news about the ANC, Briefly News recently reported that Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi had slammed the African National Congress for its lack of disciplinary action against Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu following her controversial remarks about the judiciary. She had been speaking at the ANC lekgotla held this weekend.
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While Losi did not mention Sisulu's name explicitly, she's accused the party of feeding a culture of "mediocrity" by not holding its members accountable for their actions in the public arena.
She also called for those who are tired of the former liberation movement to leave. Losi slammed senior members of the party for "running to the media" and bashing the very Constitution they swore an oath to protect.
Source: Briefly News