The ANC’s political school has created renewed hope of fulfilling Walter Sisulu’s legacy, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.
“When we evoke such an iconic name as that of Comrade Walter Sisulu in terms of political education of our cadres, we are really re-igniting his legacy as well as continuing in the movement’s great tradition,” Motlanthe said.
Sisulu was ANC deputy president from 1991 to 1994.
Addressing about 600 political education students at a Walter Sisulu Leadership Academy graduation ceremony, Motlanthe said the year-long course provided a political education for ANC members in Gauteng.
Modules cover such subjects as organising skills, the history of SA and of the ANC, ANC strategy and structures, and analysis.
The ceremony was held on the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus.
“The curriculum that we learn at the political education school should equip us with intellectual and political tools,” Motlanthe said. “These are not only to develop a deeper understanding of history but, most important, to change society.”
Motlanthe encouraged graduates to take being ANC members seriously.
“A cadre is a frame that is used to keep old photos and posters in shape and it prevents them from bending and breaking… You should be the same for the ANC,” Motlanthe told them.
One graduate, Vusumuzi Shabangu, said he would now give back to his community.
“I will go back to my people and share with them what I’ve learned. This programme was great because it just broke all the misconceptions that I had of the ANC.”
ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile said the programme would help graduates address problems people faced.
Mashatile said the ANC had in the past had members without theoretical training and this had posed a danger.
He also highlighted the importance of rejuvenation.
“A renewed ANC must come out of Mangaung. Renewal includes the renewal of leadership,” Mashatile said.
“We must come back from Mangaung with new leadership.”
Mashatile was referring to the ANC’s elective conference, to be held in Mangaung in December.