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Msimang’s resignation is a form of protest: Analyst

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Political Analyst, Professor Dirk Kotze, has labelled Mavuso Msimang’s resignation from the ANC as a form of protest.

Msimang penned a resignation letter to the party’s secretary general after serving the organisation for over six decades.

In the long letter, the stalwart laid bare the extent at which corruption has ravaged the governing party at the expense of ordinary citizens.

The now former deputy president of the ANC Veterans League reflected on how corruption has become part of the movement’s DNA.

“When we took over the government in 1994, we had the moral high ground and the conviction that we would be able to root out the old-boy networks that had benefited from, and strangled the apartheid economy.

“Yet, three decades later, the ANC’s own track record of corruption is a cause of great shame.”

Kotze says Msimang’s resignation is very significant in the ANC as he is one of the moral compasses that kept watch of the governing party’s integrity.

“If he has reached the point where he says there is no way forward for the ANC or that this is a resignation in protest, because there is so little progress with respect to dealing with corruption.”

The scholar says Msimang’s resignation may be detrimental to the party, with just a few months ahead of next year’s general elections.

The ANC Veterans League has welcomed Msimang’s resignation.

The veteran wing’s president , Snuki Zikalala has slammed the claims made by the ANC’s secretary general, Fikile Mbalula.

In a media briefing, Mbalula called on ANC veterans to stop de-campaigning the organisation and work through the structures of the organisation.

Zikalala has rejected allegations that they are undermining the ANC when they speak up against the corruption that continues to erode the liberation movement.

“We will continue to engage at provincial and national levels in the list processes to take a stand against individuals who are implicated in corrupt activities, including those fingered in the Zondo Commission being part of the election lists for provincial and national legislatures.”

He adds that taking a stand against corruption is the only path to renew the ANC and to restore its legitimacy.

The ANC has also noted Msimang’s resignation, saying his contribution to the struggle against apartheid remains invaluable.

South Africans are also sharing their views on the matter on social media.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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