ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has warned fellow party leaders against speaking out as individuals about issues they were not happy about within the ANC-alliance. Magashule was among other alliance leaders who addressed the 26th commemoration of the assassination of prominent anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani in Ekurhuleni yesterday.
Hani – an SACP general secretary, a chief of staff of Umkhonto weSizwe and a member of the ANC national executive committee at the time of his death – was killed in 1993 by Polish immigrant Janusz Walus in Boksburg.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande had earlier accused politicians within the ANC-led alliance of aiding rot and state capture by fearing to speak up against it. Nzimande hailed Hani as a principled revolutionary who never shied away from sharply raising his voice against wrong things within the movement, sometimes at personal cost.
In a clear rebuttal to Nzimande, Magashule said individuals had to desist from trying to be “special” by voicing out their personal views.
“The ANC has principles. The ANC believes not in individuals. The ANC believes in collectivism when we take decisions and once we have taken a decision as a collective, you cannot go out of the collective and you become this special individual,” Magashule said.
He called on those who made it on the party’s list to parliament to toe the party line and not act independently. “Those who will be going to parliament must not become independent voices.”