The position taken at the meeting of ANC elders differs markedly from that taken thus far by the secretary-general of the ANC, Ace Magashule, say the writers. Photo: Itumeleng English / African News Agency (ANA)
We have just been informed of a meeting of veterans and senior citizens of the ANC, held in Joburg on March 12. The meeting was convened by the office of the president of the Veterans League, Luthuli House.

Some 300 veterans participated in the meeting and took an important resolution, which should guide the ANC leadership throughout the country in the lead-up to the national election.

The resolution stated that “in accepting their nominations we urge them to carefully introspect. We urge them to step aside if their nomination may be negatively perceived by the electorate and if in any way they are undeserving of the confidence of the electorate”.

This arose because the list of candidates includes individuals who may not have the confidence of the electorate. The meeting urged that the list be referred to the Integrity Commission, which should encourage any comrade nominated, who may be negatively perceived, to step aside irrespective of whether or not the legal process pertaining to them has been completed.

The position taken at that meeting differs markedly from that taken thus far by the secretary-general of the ANC, who insists that such a person who has been charged with a crime and against whom serious allegations have been made by a court or a commission of inquiry, should remain on the candidate list. Such a person must step down until his or her name has been cleared.

Ben and Mary Turok