ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte told hundreds of party members on Tuesday that the main task of the ANC this year was renewal.
Duarte was addressing members of the ANC’s General Gizenga Mpanza region in KwaDukuza on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast as the party celebrated its 107th birthday on Tuesday.
She warned party members that it was not about who was elected at branch level or the pitfalls of government jobs, it was about serving people.
Duarte said that the ANC members should forget the study, according to which the party would receive 61% of the votes in the general election in May. Duarte mentioned that all the ANC needed was to know exactly how many people would vote for the ANC in every street.
She warned against the complacency and not working hard enough during the election campaign, because it might lead to not getting the votes they wanted.
She said that while celebrating the 107th birthday of the party, they should think about the past year that was difficult for the ANC.
“In 2018 there were very dark moments, but you never lose the crisis, and when the crisis comes up against you, that is, when the ANC is in a better position,” Duarte said.
Meanwhile, the family of the ANC’s founding president John Langalibalele Dube on Tuesday expressed optimism that, under President Cyril Ramaphosa, the party was on the right track to resolve the years of internal quarrels.
A representative of the Langa Dube family spoke at an event where Ramaphosa, accompanied by former President Jacob Zuma, laid a wreath at the tomb of his grandfather at the Ohlange Institute, north of Durban. Dube said that despite the struggle for power and unrest, the ANC had not forgotten its past. He said that the party was to continue following its fundamental idea to ensure people’s lives improve.