Open letter to ANC Secretary General Comrade Gwede Mantashe
2 October 2008
Dear Comrade Secretary General,
I have decided to take the unusual stet has now arisen in the ANC and Tripartite Alliance requires extraordinary steps. I write to place on record the concerns I see as gnawing away at the ANC with hope that the leadership might wake up to the dangers our movement faces.
When I joined the ANC, I was attracted by its policies, political culture, values, history and its commitment to the interests of our people - black and white. I am still as fervently committed tot his cause as when I first joined the organisation.
However, for some time now, I have lived with a growing sense that our leadership has veered the organisation away from the established policy priorities and customary democratic norms of the ANC.
- Those who express views that are contrary to popular opinion in meetings and conferences of the organisation are later hounded out and purged from organisational and state structures. This is contrary to the ANC`s democratic culture.
- Sectoral and individual interests other than those flowing from the people`s interests as expressed in the Freedom Charter are elevated to levels of national priority. Thus we are expected to show up at criminal court cases or carry shoulder high individuals convicted of crimes unrelated to the demands in the Freedom Charter.
- Instead of instilling respect for institutions of democracy, our leaders issue threats that if judicial proceedings do not result in outcomes they prefer, the country will be brought to a standstill.
- Lately, the leadership has taken a direct and unadulterated departure from the Freedom Charter by calling for a political solution in the matter of the National Director of Public Prosecutions vs the President of the ANC. What happened to the Freedom`s promise that "There shall be equality before the law?" Or are we not to have political solutions to every citizens criminal case?
- Blatant threats to kill for certain individuals if desires other than their own are not satisfied are made with impunity. When democracy-supporting institutions intervene to stop such delinquent behavior more of our leaders come out in loud support threats to kill.
The list of these excesses and the arrogance that accompanies them grows by the day. What resistance is put up by some in the ranks of members and leaders is harshly suppressed into tame acquiescence.
This state of affairs leaves me and many other comrades, no doubt, with a clear sense that our membership to the organisation is an endorsement of practices that are dangerous to the democracy that many people in our country struggled to bring into being.
I appeal to you to reply to my concerns in an open and frank manner so that everyone can be assured that the deduction that I and many other comrades have made that the organisation is no longer pursuing the original policies of the ANC, is indeed incorrect.