The ANC is a national liberation movement. It was formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change.
The ANC's key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
This means the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.
Author : Jackson Mthembu
21 October 2011
It is regrettable that the Libyan conflict ended with the gruesome killing of the Libyan Leader Moammar Gaddafi. It is the view of the African National Congress that this could have avoided had the African Union road map been adopted. We are as convinced now as we were then that a peaceful approach would have saved many lives in Libya if it was given a chance.
The Libyans are now faced with a difficult task of rebuilding their nation and the country which was devastated as a result of a sustained conflict over time. We believe that this challenge will require world countries to give Libya a chance to define themselves as a unified nation, their national interest and form a government that will embrace all Libyans irrespective of where they stood in the conflict.
Now that regrettably blood has flown and lives lost, we call on the world to allow the people of Libya to define and work towards ensuring lasting democracy and speedy redevelopment of the country. With the National Transitional Council (NTC) having been recognized by many countries in the world including the United Nations and as the African Union, let us work together in the endeavor of healing the wounds and the creation of a platform for a new Libyan nation. We also call on Libyans to exercise restraint in order to bring to the end death and destruction.
We also call on the African Union to work with the people of Libya to ensure that the transition to an interim government is as smooth and speedy as possible. We once again call on western countries under the command of Nato to stop the bombardment of Libya and its people.
African National Congress
Chief Albert Luthuli House
Keith Khoza 082 823 9672