South African political baron, Andrew Mlangeni has called on ANC loyalists to save the drowning party now or watch it sink so deep in the 2019 election.
Mlangeni, one of three surviving Rivonia trialists, and the chairperson of the ANC Integrity Committee said its apparent the ruling party is at its weakest point, owing to the piles of scandals staring it in the face.
The stalwart admitted that the ANC is being torn apart by factionalism, greed, and corruption, but expressed hope that the ruling party can still earn the love and trust of the masses before 2019’s crucial election. However, he admitted that before this healing comes, the ANC must first apologize to the people.
Speaking at his Dube, Soweto home, the same home he returned to when he was released from Robben Island in 1989, the seasoned politician said embittered members of the party should speak out, proffer solutions to the party’s challenges rather than taking to the public to vent their spleen.
To him, ANC needs urgent healing and not criticism from the left, right, front, back, and center.
Andrew Mlangeni Calls for Unity
“We must close ranks. We have always done that before. We have worked for the common cause. That’s what I am appealing for. Let’s forget about the things that divide us. Let’s go to the people, apologize, win them back. People still love the ANC,” the stalwart said.
Earlier this month, the Rivonia trialist held a meeting with ANC’s top six, who were top six – which include President Jacob Zuma, deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, his deputy Jessie Duarte, chairwoman Baleka Mbete and treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.
At the meeting, the veteran politician encouraged them to seek for unity, love, and support from people; instead of entertaining calls for Zuma to step down. He also blamed the party for loopholes like the Nkandla issue, the Guptas issue, e-tolls in Gauteng, indiscipline, factionalism, and municipal freefalls.
In his final words, he pleaded with the current crop of cadres to return to the values of the ANC.