African National Congress (ANC) Head of Mobilisation for the party’s January 8 statement, Fikile Mbalula, said the challenges facing the liberation movement would feature prominently at the 2017 event.
The ANC will celebrate 105 years of its existence in 2017, but there has been very little to celebrate during the past 12 months.
Divisions within the organisation have become more apparent than they have ever been, and the popularity of South Africa’s governing party has suffered considerably during that period too. It is a topic that cannot be avoided, especially ahead of the party’s elective conference next year.
“January 8 is a moment of re-kindling. It is a moment of renewing our vow to working with the people, the social contract between ourselves and the people,” Mbalula told the SABC this week.
“This January 8 Statement will equally be a call for action and a statement of the NEC to say in the next year what is expected of members of the ANC as we continue to deepen democracy, to work for unity of people and the ANC and to ensure that we undo our mistakes and continue to inspire people with hope and belief that SA and the ANC was the vehicle of bringing about a better life for all,” added Mbalula.