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Mantashe: ANC reconnecting with its base

Mantashe: ANC reconnecting with its base

National Chairman of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, said it was clear the governing party was reconnecting with its base, following the January 8 Statement delivered by Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday.

During his January 8 Statement, Ramaphosa warned against members that would make it their mission to divide the governing party, adding that those who did so would be dealt with. Similar sentiments have been echoed by Ramaphosa, which is an indication that the Top 6 structure - at the very least - is in accord about this.

"The ANC is about unifying people and the ANC is not about dividing people," said Mantashe on Saturday. 

"Anybody who works and invests on dividing the ANC is actually investing on dividing society. So, we must invest on uniting the people of South Africa," added Mantashe.

Change is a word that has featured prominently in the ANC discourse since the party's 54th National Conference, but Mantashe also explained that the governing party should not really find itself in this position in the first place - where it has to reconnect with its base.

He argued that unity had always been at the very heart of the ANC fabric.

"That is the essence of being a liberation movement. So, that is what we are doing. We are reconnecting with our base and reconnecting with our leadership of the ANC," he said.

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