ANC has its eye on the election, says Ramaphosa

Henry

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday during the party’s 112 year celebrations in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, that those who conspire against the ANC and form other parties will not be successful.

He challenged those seeking to unseat the ANC to try.

“Although many mistakes have been made, much has been achieved,” said Ramaphosa.

According to him, coalitions have destabilized service delivery and the ANC has its sights set on an absolute majority in the upcoming election.

Thousands of supporters packed the pavilion for the expected so-called January 8 declaration. This year it is 112 years since the ANC came into existence and 30 years since democracy in the country.

Ramaphosa described the splintered parties as “snakes that want to bite South Africans”.

His comments follow the formation of new political parties, including the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party supported by Jacob Zuma. Ace Magashule, former ANC secretary general, also recently announced that his party, the African Congress for Transformation (ACT), will work with the MK party to unseat the ANC.

Ramaphosa also condemned those who attack the ANC from within. “Another anti-transformation tactic is to make sure that the ANC is caught up in internal strife that will weaken and destroy it from within. They actively encourage rebel splinter groups to erode the support base of the ANC. These usually start as factional conflicts within the ANC, but when the movement pushes forward with renewal, they transform into opposition parties that are just as opposed to the ANC as the right-wing opponents of transformation.

“Some of these parties pretend to be more radical than the ANC, but their revolutionary sounding rhetoric cannot hide the reality that they have a common goal with the forces that are against transformation. The common goal of all these forces is to deprive the ANC of the ability to use state power to bring about change.”

Those who predict that the ANC will only get between 30% and 50% of the votes in the election clearly do not know the ANC, says Ramaphosa.

“The plan is to ensure a decisive ANC victory. We are working for a clear victory.”

According to Ramaphosa, coalitions are not an option for the ANC. “Coalitions will be a complete disaster for our country. We don’t want to go there.”

The ANC will release its election manifesto next month at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

  • Click here to read the full January 8 statement