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
20 March 2012
The African National Congress (ANC) notes with disappointment the outcome of the Supreme Court of Appeal`s decision regarding the matter of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to appeal the former National Director of Public Prosecution`s (NDPP) decision to withdraw the corruption charges against the ANC President, Cde Jacob Zuma, in 2009.
We have noted that today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal does not reverse the NDPP`s decision itself, but it focus on procedural aspect, such as, whether the DA has the right to call for the review of the case and on the standing of the DA as a legal persona.
This matter, whilst it receives a deeper legal analysis, we however want to highlight the following:
Given these facts, it is clear that democracy can be undermined by simply approaching courts to reverse any decision arrived at by a qualified organ of State.
The ANC is of the view that this matter should not go unchallenged as it might have huge implications for effective governance, including current and future decision of any organ of State.
The ANC will nonetheless study the entire judgment together with our legal representatives with a view of challenging it.
ANC National Spokesperson
Keith Khoza 0828239672
Ishmael Mnisi 0823335550