- President calls for ANC unity ahead of NGC next year
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa warned members of the movement meeting at the Petrus Molemela Indoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein over the weekend that disunity is unhealthy for the organisation and urged them to work for the party’s renewal and unity.
Ramaphosa was in Mangaung as both head of state and party, handing over newly built houses to military veterans in Hillside View and later on engaging in a political programme talking to members of the ANC in the region.
A 99-year-old granny, a blind middle aged man as well as a white family that had been living at the nearby cemeteries were some of those handed keys to their new homes by the President.
Ramaphosa said those who are not prepared to work towards unity in the ANC are free to use the open doors and windows to jump ship.
There to welcome the President to the Free State was the provincial secretary of the ANC, Paseka Nompondo.
The meeting was also attended by members of the ANC women’s league and youth leagues in Mangaung.
Ramaphosa called on party loyalists to ensure that those seeking to divide the movement are exposed.
He expressed hope that the National General Council of the ANC, which is set to take place around mid-year in 2020, would reflect the unity of the movement.
“I hope when we go to the National General Council next year, we will be able to solidify that unity to take us to the 55th conference. So, those who say who stands with who and how, we must disappoint them and prove them wrong.”
He noted preserving organisational integrity was paramount, calling those who are hell-bent on dividing the ruling party enemies of the ANC.
Unity, said the President, cannot be based on lies and corruption, acknowledging the Free State province has had running power struggles which involved several court actions by disgruntled members of the movement.
The dissidents first challenged the outcomes of the provincial elective conference held in December 2017 in Parys.
The court nullified the conference and ordered a rerun of the conference and branch general meetings.
Also attending the meeting were the executive mayor of Mangaung Olly Mlamleli, ANC youth league Chairperson Makalo Mohale, ANC PEC members Mamiki Qabathe and Thembeni Nxangisa, as well as Free State Premier and deputy president of the ANC Women’s League Sisi Ntombela.
MECs, councillors and officials of government were also there to hear the President speak.
Before heading off to speak to the masses, President Ramaphosa took liberty to meet up with a young girl of 14 years who had been yearning to meet him.
The meeting with the girl, who is suffering from a life threatening illness, ended up with her over the moon not only for meeting the man she had always hoped to meet, but because the President also awarded her a bursary to study psychology next year.
In total 600 BNG (Breaking New Ground) houses have been built in the city, with over 230 complete.
The project is aimed at attending to integrated spatial development demands and is set to be completed in 2022.