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The ANC is offering interested parties the oppurtunity to dine alongside the President for a substantial fee, of course. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

The mighty have fallen? ANC admits it’s in a ‘downward spiral’

Well well well…
The party now says it is in a “downward spiral”. Will the ANC still be in power after 2024?

ANC

The ANC is offering interested parties the oppurtunity to dine alongside the President for a substantial fee, of course. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

Things just keep going from bad to worse for the ANC. Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa described his own party as being in a state of “decay and degeneration”. Today, the party’s own National Executive Committee is saying that the ANC is in a “downward spiral”. They say tough times never last. But maybe they do for the ANC?

ANC NEC reports back: It isn’t very good

The party held a lekgotla with members of the tripartite alliance and NEC from the 20th to 23rd of January. After taking the time to assess what went down, the party has now issued its final take on the discussions.

It isn’t very promising. The party says it now accepts that unless it can “renew” the ANC, it will fail.

“The NEC accepted that we are on a downward spiral. And unless we renew and rebuild the organisation, we will fail in our mission to fundamentally and radically transform society and build a better life for all. It recognized that decisive and different actions are needed in every pillar of our programme, by all leaders, members, public representatives, deployees and structures, and not just lofty pronouncements.”

ANC statement

Time to “change behviour”

Ok, but what exactly does “renewing” the ANC even mean? While some say it means cleaning up the corruption and rot, the party has other ideas too.

The party says it wants to address the “erosion” of its principles of non-racialism and non-sexism. It also says it needs to “respond positively” and change behaviour where the State Capture Inquiry has made recommendations.

Ramaphosa announced last week that the party has agreed to the establishment of an NEC task team. This team will “guide” the ANC’s response to the findings made by the State Capture Inquiry.

As we all know, several key ANC figures are likely to be implicated in that report.

The NEC task team will “create recommendations” for the party to follow regarding affected members.