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ANC Top Veteran Distances Himself From CR17 Faction

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has distanced himself from the CR17 factional meeting which he attended virtually before submitting a scathing report to the NEC about the party degenerating.

Motlanthe in the report to ANC's highest decision making board spoke about how the once glorious movement is degenerating into an organisation where money and alcohol were used to buy votes, while senior leaders sowed divisions and the youth and women were marginalised.

Although some critics question why Motlanthe is only distancing himself now while he stayed in the CR17 factional meeting where plans were being made to paralyze the RET faction, he stated that the meeting was initially presented as a meeting with the veterans' league, only for him to realise it was being used to lobby for a certain faction to occupy mayoral positions in the Capricorn District, Polokwane and Fetakgomo Tubatse local municipalities.  

Kgalema Motlanthe as the Electoral Committee Chairperson of the ANC had a first hand experience of what is really happening within the ANC when CR17 forces tried to influence him to make sure that the Radical Economic Transformation faction aligned to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Ace Magashule and Jacob Zuma do not successfully submit candidate list to the Electoral Commission ahead of local government elections.

This is shocking because over the past weekend, when president Cyril Ramaphosa was campaigning, he said the party was working towards putting their differences aside as far as factional battles are concerned and work together for the sake of the ANC.

Veterans League president, Snuki Zikalala has also since distanced the league from CR17 faction stating that he doesn't know much about it and was also shocked by the factional language used.

"There are members who apparently did not even belong to the veterans' league who were in attendance who were in the meeting. We were shocked to learn that language to the effect of the NDZ faction or the CR17 faction were being used. As a league we don't know about NDZ and CR17 factions, hence we were shocked at that as we only support unity and a coming together not divisive talk," said Zikalala. 

Source: https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/motlanthe-distances-himself-from-factional-cr17-virtual-meeting-20210920

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