ANC supporters. Picture: REUTERS
ANC supporters. Picture: REUTERS

The ANC is too sick to go to the national conference‚ according to uMkhonto we Sizwe Veterans National Council.

The veterans were addressing the media at Luthuli House on Friday when they described the ANC as "an athlete that is sick and unfit for the race he must compete in".

The council said it will support the national conference, being held at Nasrec Expo Centre from December 16 to 20, even though it would have preferred the party to have first convened a special conference to address its problems.

"These five days starting [on Saturday] are just too few to resolve all the problems that are within Luthuli House‚" said Keith Mokoape. "However, we are not going to point fingers at anybody because we are committed to a successful conference."

The council encouraged delegates to ensure the 54th National Conference was a success. "We urge branch delegates attending the conference to appreciate the enormity and sensitivity of the moment upon us in our organisation’s history‚" said Thabang Makwetla. "Let us all single-mindedly take the responsibility to ensure the conference prosecutes its business successfully to the end."

The council is sending 20 delegates to the event. The structure did not disclose its preferred presidential candidate but said it will back whoever is elected.

Said Len Rasegatla, "We wish and pray that this conference launches a correct platform from which the ANC can begin to self-correct. Our main interest in this conference is to make a contribution and to ensure that it does not collapse."

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