The working committees of the two ANC provinces met and dwelled on the issue of unity and cohesion.
The ANC of Gauteng as well as the ANC of Mpumalanga want to see a united African National Congress.
The two provinces said the unity of the ANC remains “sacrosanct”.
“The meeting agreed that the unity of the ANC remains sacrosanct and its pursuit must always put the interests of all South Africans first,” a joint statement they released afterwards read.
“The two PWCs agreed to continue with bilateral engagements among themselves and other provinces ahead of the 54th national conference,” it said.
This follows one the Mpumalanga ANC had with Limpopo ANC a week ago.
In that meeting, Limpopo and Mpumalanga agreed to “remove” the Gupta family from “all government making decision because people voted for the ANC not for the Guptas,” as Mpumalanga secretary Mandla Ndlovu put it.
Before the Limpopo meeting, Mpumalanga had had a meeting with ANC KZN.
In a joint statement, both Ndlovu and KZN ANC secretary Super Zuma said they committed to work for the unity of the ANC before calling on the Gupta family to stay away from the party and its government.
Ndlovu and his Gauteng counterpart, Hope Papo, said their meeting on Monday (21 Aug) this week was “a historic and long-overdue bilateral meeting”.
“The engagement was aimed at discussing a wide range of organisational issues post the recently held 5th national policy conference.
“It was also to prepare for the ANC’s 54th national conference to be held in December 2017.
“We have collectively agreed to take critical steps in the next four months to work very hard to foster unity and cohesion not only within the ANC but within the broader society.
“Furthermore, we will develop a joint programme of action between now and December 2017 to have meaningful engagements with all ANC structures in our respective provinces and other provinces,” Papo and Ndlovu’s statement read.
(edited by MLM)
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