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ANC must earn leadership: Nzimande

Politics

Bloemfontein - The ANC, despite growing in size and power, must remember to earn its leadership role in the country, SA Communist Party secretary-general Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

“Being big comes with responsibilities,” he told delegates at the closing of the ANC's national conference in Mangaung.

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SACP Secretary General Blade Nzimande congratulates his party as well as the Chinese Communist Party who celebrates their 91st anniversary on 31 July. He was speaking in a small ceremony hosted at COSATU house on Tuesday. Picture: Timothy Bernard 31.07.2012

“Being big alone does not make the ANC... It must earn its leadership daily on the ground by being able to lead the masses of the country.”

He said the alliance needed to make in-roads at a local level by joining NGOs, school governing bodies and faith-based organisations.

“We cannot leave those positions to opportunists.”

Nzimande said those who attacked President Jacob Zuma and the ANC were regarded as heroes by the media.

“We will not be heroes of the media,” he said to cheers from delegates. - Sapa

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