ANC veterans have accused the party leadership for putting personal gaining first and not showing an interest to discuss key issues affection the party. The veterans and the ANC’s national working committee held a meeting recently where they were told that a separate national consultative conference would not be held.
The veterans on Friday expressed shock that certain national working committee members at the meeting claimed that the national executive committee had never taken the decision to hold the consultative conference.
“Those stalwarts who attended the meeting are left with the strong impression that there is neither a strong desire nor commitment on the part of some individuals within the leadership to seriously engage on the crisis facing the ANC through the holding of a national consultative conference,” they said in a statement on Friday.
“These individuals will continue to work collectively to attempt to avoid any critical discussion that may threaten their interests, irrespective of the damage to the country and the ANC.”
The group said it was not new that there were people who joined the ANC for self-enrichment or abused their positions, and that in 2001, former president Nelson Mandela had warned about this.
“The stalwarts will continue to work to ensure that Mandela’s legacy is not destroyed by those who continue to put self-interest before that of our citizens,” the veterans said.