Mbalula: There is a new sense of hope for the ANC
Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, said Saturday's celebrations were proof that the African National Congress (ANC) had turned the corner, adding that supporters were excited about the next term of office.
Mbalula's comments come in the wake of Cyril Ramaphosa's first January 8 Statement, delivered in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. The message of unity and organisational renewal have featured prominently in the ANC discourse during the build-up to and after the January 8 Statement.
The sentiment is that this message has been well captured by Ramaphosa, during his brief tenure at the helm of the ANC.
"There is an overwhelming resemblance of goodwill amongst our people. Cherry on top, new leadership, new President, everybody is excited about that," said a confident Mbalula, who was a supporter of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the race for the ANC Presidency last year.
"Big resolutions taken at the conference, new sense of hope going forward and this is a reflection of that. The message is unity and renewal of the African National Congress, going forward. So, the goodwill has just been overwhelming here," added Mbalula, talking about the overwhelming support the ANC received at the weekend.
"We are a movement that should accept its own mistakes. We should not be governed by arrogance and then we have to correct those mistakes.
"That message resonates well with our people and I think the commitment of our leadership...the most important thing is an ANC that listens and that is self-correcting. We are on that particular path and this January 8 is exceptional."
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