CAPE TOWN – United Democratic Front (UDF) veterans have dished out some hard-hitting advice to the ANC.
Speaking at the anti-apartheid formation's 34th anniversary celebrations, organised by the ruling party, the UDF called on current leaders to take some lessons from the United Democratic Front, and the vital role the party played during the anti-apartheid struggle.
UDF was founded in Mitchell’s Plain in 1983 and ceased to exist in 1991, when many political groups were disbanded.
The celebrations brought veterans back to the area, where it all began.
"We haven’t done justice as the ANC since 1991 after the UDF was disbanded in recognising this important development in our country's liberation history…What was the slogan of the UDF, apartheid divides the UDF unites...we speak about the ANC being united, of course the ANC must be united, but the ANC must be united behind the right things," said ANC MP Derek Hanekom.
Many speakers used the event to criticise the current leadership of the ANC.
"It’s time to come back to our people. If you want to align yourself with corruption with the Guptas you must get out of the organisation…we must say today very clearly that if our president must leave the ANC and he must leave the country if he continues to lead the enrichment of the Guptas, he must dispense and get out of the position,” Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu in the Western Cape.
UDF veteran Ebrahim Rasool shared the same sentiments as those of his compatriots saying the message was clear, cadres need to clean-up corruption.
"…You have reminded yourself of what happened here 34 years ago. You must now become the disciples of the renewal of the ANC and the disciples of cleaning up the ANC," Rasool said in advising the current leadership of the ANC.
Former UDF Secretary General Popo Molefe, says leaders have failed to embody the principles of participatory democracy.
"The critical values of the UDF as leaders are accountable, leaders listen to the people, leaders are humble and we make sure what they do reflects the right values and ethical standards of the ANC,” said Molefe
“By now we know a number of people are corrupt, in some of the emails they have admitted that they were taken by the Gupta’s to Dubai and others...there is no way in which the ANC can allow itself to be held hostage by corrupt individuals.”