ANC stalwarts have never come together as seen recently – Chikane

The stalwarts discussed problems within the ANC since the memorial service of Nelson Mandela.

There has never been a coming-together of ANC stalwarts as seen in recent times, one of them, Reverend Frank Chikane, said on Thursday morning.

According to Chikane, the movement, solidified by 101 stalwarts, started having discussions over the troubles faced by the ANC since the memorial service of late former state president Nelson Mandela.

“Most of us would have gone to Luthuli House on several occasions.

“We have reached a stage where we felt that we needed to have a direct meeting with President Jacob Zuma because most of our meetings ended at the level of secretary-general Gwede Mantashe,” Chikane said.

Chikane and other veterans are currently addressing the media, where they are expressing their dissatisfaction in the direction the ANC has taken.

Some of the veterans at the briefing include Ahmed Kathrada and Cheryl Carolus.

The briefing by the stalwarts comes barely a day after the state capture report by former public protector Advocate Thuli Mandonsela, released yesterday following a court battle that resulted from interdicts by Zuma and some cabinet ministers.

The struggle is not over, according to ANC stalwart Murphy Morobe. He was among the stalwarts who are now calling for a consultative conference.

“We are arguing for that conference.

“We seek to revitalise thinking within the ANC to enable the country to move forward,” he said.

Morobe said there was a strong need for a process of renewal.

Another stalwart Cheryl Carolus did not mince her words when she said at the centre of the challenges faced by the ANC, which performed poorly in this year’s local government elections, was the embattled President Jacob Zuma.

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