Story by Oleen Ndori, International Desk Editor
THE newly appointed Secretary General of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) Fikile Mbalula has reiterated calls for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
As calls for the lifting of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West intensify, the newly appointed Secretary General of the ANC, Cde Fikile Mbalula said his party will intensify efforts to support Zimbabwe and the lifting of the sanctions which continue to hinder economic growth.
“We must be very much concerned about what is happening in Zimbabwe, and what role we need to play. We do not subscribe to the idea of regime change in Zimbabwe. We need to campaign very hard to get things right. So, the British must think very hard about what they have done, and the Americans. They must lift the sanctions so that Zimbabwe can grow. The British know what they agreed in Lancaster. They must come to the party and invest in the compensation of Zimbabwe in the programme of land redistribution. The 40 or something billion pounds they promised Mugabe and Zanu-PF, they must come to the party and not use the land reform programme of ZANU-PF as a scapegoat, he said.
ZANU PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Obert Mpofu who attended the recently concluded ANC Congress congratulated the winners and expressed gratitude for the support the ANC has shown to ZANU PF and the country by extension.
South Africa’s ruling party also said it will campaign for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, and the Cuban people while strengthening its relations with the sister organisations in the Southern African Development Community region.
The 55th ANC Congress saw President Cyril Ramaphosa being elected as President with Paul Mashatile becoming Vice President, Gwede Mantashe becoming Chairperson and Fikile Mbalula being elected Secretary General.
Nomvula Mokonyane was elected First Deputy Secretary General, Maropene Ramokgopa as the second deputy secretary general and Gwen Ramokgopa became the first-ever female treasurer of the ANC.