Sakhiseni Nxumalo
Senior journalist
3 minute read
27 Jun 2022

Zikalala calls for unity within ANC

Sakhiseni Nxumalo

ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala has called for unity among party members saying factionalism is hurting the party.

ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala has called for unity among party members saying factionalism is hurting the party.

Zikalala was speaking at the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the Freedom Charter hosted by the ANC Moses Mabhida Region at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Sunday.

Zikalala told the fully packed hall that factionalism within the party resulted in disunity and has been affecting the party for years. “We can’t have a situation where we have a CR17 (President Cyril Ramaphosa’s allies) and the RET forces (pro- Jacob Zuma Radical Economic Transformation). We must all be the ANC and stand for what the ANC says.

Zikalala said:

“We must also continuously assess whether we are still implementing what the ANC mandated. In doing so, we must unite the ANC and that means you must be prepared to agree with the person whom you were not agreeing with.”

He said one of the challenges in KZN that needed to be addressed is to draw national leaders into the provincial factions. He said if one supported Zuma, it did not mean that you did not support the sitting president, Ramaphosa.

“We can not factionalise leadership. We are faced with the issues of people who follow people, and we do need to address them. We are all for the ANC, no matter what. One of the things we must confront is when we differ and begin to mobilise against each other. These are some of the things that have contributed to the ANC losing hegemony in the society,” he said.

Zikalala said the issue of renewal in fighting corruption was essential and that needed to be done in line with the Freedom Charter. According to the freedom charter, said Zikalala, “all shall be equal before the law”.

“This means that the law must be just, and impartial and it [must encompass] fair and proper investigations, fair and transparent prosecution and fair judgment. The failure of the application of the fair prosecution undermines renewal and the fight against corruption,” said Zikalala.

Step-aside resolution needs to be supported

He said the party’s step-aside resolution needed to be supported, however, when a prosecution process was prolonged, that undermined the rights of the ANC member facing charges.

Zikalala said when investigations of corruption and other matters were being investigated, they must not be selective.

Rather, everyone facing allegations must be probed and all the allegations must be investigated to plant the seed of equality before the law, said Zikalala.

“Allegations must be investigated, irrespective of who you are or which position you hold in the party. Allegations’ investigations must apply to everyone.

“Even the step-aside must be implemented fairly and be implemented correctly, not to be selective on certain individuals. We come from the era of state capture, but what about those who are still capturing the state? We must ensure that all policies of the ANC are implemented,” he added.