Between 250 to 300 people attended the public debate titled “Whither ANC” organised by Amandla Magazine and the Alternative Information and Development Centre AIDC, an activist think-tank based in Cape Town. This debate was organised after the two components of the Tripartite Alliance, COSATU and the SACP, unprecedented call for President Zuma’s resignation.
On the panel were seasoned activists of several important organisations. Jeremy Cronin (deputy general secretary of the (SACP), Tony Ehrenreich, Western Cape secretary of COSATU, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi EFF National Spokesperson and Professor Noor Nieftagodien Wits Historian and AIDC board member.
Amandla! invited them to present around where the ANC is going and how they think, we in South Africa can extricate ourselves from the current economic, social and political crisis. AIDC sees this meeting as the first step in a process towards what the AIDC called ”the building of a left bloc”. This is a brief report on the discussion.
Although the panelists come from different organisations, some of which have been in sharp political contestation with each other, nevertheless there was common appreciation of the depth of the crisis and even on some key steps that are needed to address the crisis.
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