JOHANNESBURG– South African President and African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the country has not progressed as it should have in the last few years.

Delivering the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Legacy Lecture in honour of the late freedom struggle stalwart and the former wife of Nelson Mandela here Sunday, Ramaphosa said the gains of the last decade had been reversed through State capture and corruption among other factors.

“The country has not progressed as it should have in the last few years. In fact, the last decade has seen many of the gains of the early years of our democracy reversed through State capture and corruption, a failure of collective leadership, policy uncertainty and a growing distance between the people and their movement and their government,” he said.

“We have had to come to terms with the erosion of the values of the ANC and confront difficult questions about the quality and the integrity of our leadership as the African National Congress. As a movement, we have acknowledged these weaknesses and are determined that we should learn from our mistakes.”

Meanwhile, some disgruntled ANC members in North West Province have initiated a legal battle against the party’s national leadership, following the dissolution of its Provincial Executive Committee (PEC). The group says the decision to dissolve the PEC was unconstitutional and irrational and they have thus filed papers with the South Gauteng High Court.

Aaron Motswana, a former PEC member said: “We believe strongly that the reasons provided are not based on the principles of the organization but rather is a factional purge that seeks to deal with those with a different view. That was for us what really motivated the NEC to arrive at this particular harsh decision.”

The matter is expected to be heard at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Oct 23.


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