A number of disgruntled ANC members popularly known as #OccupyLuthuliHouse have taken the bull by its horn by putting into action the long silent call for a change in the ruling party, starting from the dismissal of President Jacob Zuma and the entire Members of the NEC.
The group, who were also the organizers of the Occupy Luthuli House campaign called on SA citizens who are tired as they are, of the “Zuma administration alongside the corrupt and self-centered activities of ANC’s National Executive Council (NEC), to join them in occupying ANC’s headquarters Luthuli House, on Monday.
The group maintained the need for President Zuma to be recalled and for the NEC be disbanded for allegedly failing to uphold values of the “liberation movement”.
One of the organizers of the group, Bonolo Ramikhele lamented over how the ruling party is divided against itself and how ordinary members were ill-treated by the party’s bigwigs.
“South Africans witnessed how the ANC has deteriorated, South Africans saw a micro reflection of how ordinary members of the ANC are silenced and dealt with in branches. Millions of South Africans saw why we have severely lost our moral high ground and why we are fast losing respect from society and no longer leading it,
“South Africans saw why residents of Tshwane, particularly young people didn’t vote for the ANC. South Africans this is what we are fighting against.
“We wish to reassure millions of South Africans that as bleak as the situation might be, there are ANC members who are decisively ready to change this trajectory. We refuse to stand silently in our corners and watch this erosion unfold, we refuse to be intimidated and if need be will die to save the ANC” wrote one of the organizers, Bonolo Ramikhele.
Ramikhele repeated the group’s call for all South Africans (Both members and non members ) to come out in their numbers to join them in “occupying” the iconic ANC building adding that it is for the benefit of the future South Africa.
“Our generation will not sit and watch this. We therefore call upon members of society, members of the ANC and non-members to please come and join us tomorrow so that we correct these wrongs.
“We refuse to stand silently in our corners and watch this erosion unfold‚ we refuse to be intimidated and if need be will die to save the ANC. Yet we are witnessing cowardice strangling our organisation‚ many people hiding behind the notion of organisational processes.
The #OccupyLuthuliHouse group makes the following demands as they intensify their match:
- That the ANC immediately recall President Jacob Gedleyehlekisa Zuma as President of the Republic of South Africa
- That NEC members follow suite and resign
- We call upon stalwarts of the ANC to take us to a consultative conference by December 2016
- The immediate implementation of conference Resolutions which will revive the ANC
- Disbanding the fees commission as it undermines conference resolutions of free and quality education by 2014