“The discussions in plenary have been very cordial this far. There are no disruptions ... comrades are allowed to state their views,” ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile, who is acting secretary-general, saidduring a media briefing on Saturday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his opening speech to delegates on Friday, gave the strongest indication yet that the party won’t back down on the step-aside resolution, which is part of attempts by the ANC to renew itself after former president Jacob Zuma’s term at the helm, which was characterised by systemic corruption linked to state capture.
“To renew the ANC we must end a number of bad practices that have seeped into our organisation. This requires that we must fully implement our 54th [national congress] resolutions,” Ramaphosa said, referring to the national congress in which he was elected ANC president in 2017.
“On this there can be no going back and there can be no compromise. We cannot abandon our principled positions, for instance, on issues such as corruption, in pursuit of a false unity ... The people of SA will not forgive us if we abandon the correct positions that we have taken on confronting wrongdoing within our ranks.”