Struggle veteran Mavuso Msimang suggests ANC takes a lesson from Zimbabwe

With a few weeks to go until the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference, ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang says the ruling party should look at re-energising the organisation and suggests its leadership may want to take a leaf from Zimbabwe's book.

The ANC failed to endorse the stalwarts' consultative conference held over the weekend, which heard scathing criticisms from former president, Thabo Mbeki.

Addressing the veterans on Sunday, Mbeki said it is clear that the National Executive Committee did not want the conference to go ahead.

Mavuso says over 700 people attended, with over 60 civic organisations present.

We had every ANC province in the country represented. I don't quite know what else we would need from a leadership that is really drifting and now sure where it is going.

Mavuso Msimang, ANC veteran

We said this conference that is meeting in December should set up a committee. The intention must be to look at what it means to regenerate the ANC.

Mavuso Msimang, ANC veteran

Mavuso says the intention was to try and devise solutions to what he terms a 'crisis of rampant levels of corruption' in the party.

Every day the nation is treated to a tiresome litany of stories about looting that is taking place in state-owned enterprises, debilitating misgovernance....

Mavuso Msimang, ANC veteran

He says the current political situation in Zimbabwe should serve as an example to the ANC.

In fact the Zimbabwe situation must signal to the ANC that if people can't listen to their own members, to society at large, then in the end perhaps either people intervene and introduce things that we don't want. We do not want military interventions, society should be able to handle these things.

Mavuso Msimang, ANC veteran

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