The ANC remains the only hope for South Africans who know no other home, ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Friday.
This was precisely why, Mashatile said, many South Africans chose to stay at home instead of going out to vote for the opposition in the last national general and local government elections.
He stressed, however, that the ANC must immediately start campaigning for the 2024 national general election instead of waiting for the eleventh hour.
“As we prepare to undertake this work, let us be reminded that despite the decline in our recent electoral performance, as the ANC we remain the only hope for many South Africans — especially the poor and those confined to the margins of the economy and society.
“They look up to us to do the right things, and to provide decisive leadership in resolving the problems of our country. They do not want to see us fighting among ourselves. They are yearning for the return of the ANC they have always known — a renewed ANC. Comrades, we have a moral and revolutionary duty not to fail these South Africans. They know of no other home. The ANC is their only home.”
Mashatile delivered his address in a seemingly volatile conference that effectively sent him a warning shot by insisting on singing ‘wenzen’ uZuma?’ (what has Zuma done?) as he took the podium.