There's been yet another call for the ANC to convene a consultative conference. This time it's party veteran Mavuso Msimang, who says this might help the party get back on track.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang is the latest member to call on the party to convene a consultative conference.
He said this might help the party get back on track but it&39;s unlikely to happen because committed party leaders who have the country&39;s best interests at heart are outnumbered by those who don&39;t.
Msimang, a veteran of Umkhonto we Sizwe’s Sipolilo battle, attended the party&39;s historic 1969 Morogoro Conference - a turning point in the party, and a reference point for many now calling for a early conference.
"Leadership implies trust and credibility. Those two commodities are demonstrably absent in the leader of the ANC now," he said.
"I don&39;t know if the current leadership will be able to do what Tambo and his colleagues did, to say, let&39;s open this thing to everybody, let&39;s call people who criticise us, let&39;s call people who are intellectuals who are sitting there, let&39;s just call even non ANC people, it&39;s a consultative conference."
Msimang said the NEC&39;s defence at all costs of scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma was perhaps motivated by the need to preserve their own self-interest.
He suggested that the mooted conference should be led by party stalwarts, and not the present leadership.
* View the attached video for more on ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang&39;s views of the crisis in the party.