South Africa's ruling African National
Congress (ANC) has denied its opponents' accusations of purging opposition
sympathizers from government. This comes after the vice chancellor of the
University of South African (UNISA) came under fire to resign.
He is alleged to
be a sympathizer of the breakaway Congress of the People (COPE). The opposition
described the move as an attempt by the ruling ANC to remove its suspected
party members from the government. But the ANC dismissed the accusations,
calling them farcical.
ANC youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu told VOA that
the ruling party wants due process to be followed.
they say that it would be just ridiculous, they say that there is an ANC
strategy to try to purge people. It is just ridiculous. It is just nonsensical for anyone to ever
imagine that," Shivambu said.
said the accusation is unfounded and without merit.
is what COPE said, that is what they are imagining. It is their own
imagination. It is not a reflection of reality. There is no such action," he
said the ruling party is trying to push for the right things to be done in the
case of the controversy surrounding the vice chancellor of UNISA.
the ANC government has said is that there are processes that have to be
followed if a vice chancellor of a university has to be removed. Council still
retains the right to take decisions on who should be removed," Shivambu said.
Meanwhile, President Zuma said Sunday that economic
development and facilities should not be the sole preserve of previously
The new president addressed
hundreds of people at the official opening of a Pan African shopping centre in
Alexandra Township. Zuma said the community needed to have all basic services
that he said are taken for granted in historically white areas.
Zuma singled out for upgrade in neglected communities such basic services as shopping
facilities, proper roads, electricity, water and sanitation, quality schools,
clinics, and affordable public transport.
Shivambu said the new president should
keep demonstrating the willingness of the ruling party to alleviate the
suffering of ordinary people.
ANC is an open organization, and President Zuma is practicalizing that he is
giving a practical meaning to a participatory open African National Congress,"
said the ruling party is committed to average citizens and would keep its
ANC is a movement of the people, so every time the people should guide whatever
action, whatever program the ANC embarks on in government, and in whatever
areas is leading," he said.
dismissed as outrageous opposition claims that the ANC has failed to keep its
promise of delivering top quality services to the people since 1994 when it
is another urban legend that is being parroted by opposition parties. Obviously
whenever they want to speak against the ANC they will portray a picture that
there has never been service delivery," Shivambu said.
said the ruling party's recent handsome win in the election is a show of
confidence the people repose in the party.
people of South Africa have affirmed the African National Congress as leader of
the society as leader of government with an overwhelming majority. So really,
it doesn't make sense to say people are angry with the ANC," he said.
The leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, Helen
Zille who is also the new premier of Western Cape, is accusing the ANC of
approving the transfer of more than 1,000 hectares of prime provincial
housing land to the ANC government the day before the April 22 elections that
were won by the ruling party.
But Shivambu dismissed Zille's accusation
as sour grapes.
Zille is a sick person, who is generally sick. We really do not take anything
she says very seriously," Shivambu said.