One of the African National Congress (ANC)’s strong opposition parties, the EFF, has once again tackled the party for claiming to have played a good role in the struggle that saw the end of apartheid in the nation.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF’s spokesman said this yesterday while addressing ANC’s claim that its armed wing co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre liberated South Africa from apartheid regime.
To this, Ndlozi referred to Mkhonto weSizwe as useless and lacking the courage to battle with the then SA Defence Force.
Speaking further, Ndlozi claimed the MK were not as strong as its counterparts, the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, the military wing of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union, as well as the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army of Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union, which fought hard and overcame Ian Smith’s Rhodesian forces.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe yesterday, claimed that western powers were determined to destabilize liberation movements in southern Africa with the intention of effecting a regime change because they had become powerful governments which they deemed inconvenient to Western interests.
Though with no valid proof to buttress his claim, Mantashe added that similar efforts at regime change were under way in South Africa but were being carried out under the guise of strengthening democratic institutions.
Ndlozi on his own part said yesterday the South African struggle against apartheid had been won not because of the strength of the liberation movement’s armed forces, but through persistent protest by unarmed south African youths and workers.
“It means the people, and not the ANC, liberated South Africa. The people never waited for liberation armies to come and save them from the murderous apartheid regime.
Above all, the liberation armies never came, never conducted any war inside the country, except in missions that relied on the very protest ability of our people, Ndlozi said.”
“That is part of their denialism, that they leave a mess we are mopping it up, they say we are in denial. I don’t want to get into that space. I [will] leave it to people who are courageous enough to get into that space,” said Mantashe.