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ANC signs a Memorandum of understanding with the Sudan People`s Liberation Movement

24 October 2009

African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has today (24 October 2009) - on behalf of the ANC - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Sudan People`s Liberation Movement (SPLM) with the aim to further strengthen the two democratic movements to be more viable, stronger and accountable.

Largely the MoU will see the two movements cooperate in:

  • The development of a framework for transforming the two parties into viable, strong, accountable and democratic movements.
  • Building their capacity to provide leadership for structural and systemic transformation of the Sudan.
  • Strengthening their capacity to direct government programs that will lead to the
  • achievements of the goals as outlined in the preamble.
  • Engaging and mobilizing other progressive forces in the region and beyond, around
  • their common vision and values.
  • Refocusing on the challenges of transition (CPA, Darfur, Eastern Sudan, diplomacy, managing expectations)

Through the preamble the two parties recognises that Sudan and South Africa have shared common experience of discrimination and marginalisation of large sections of their citizens based on race, religion, gender and ethnicity and are convinced that consensual democracy is the fundamental basis for governance in both Sudan and South Africa, embodying the spirit of their constitutions and the essence of the diversity in their two countries.

An Inter-party committee, comprising two representatives from each side, was agreed upon as a forum for dialogue and cooperation and to monitor, assess and evaluate the implementation of the agreed programmes and will develop an annual operational plan. The committee will meet quarterly in the first year of the agreement and half-yearly thereafter for three to four years.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General
African National Congress

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