African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged former leaders of the United Democratic Front (UDF) to stop comparing the current state of the mass democratic movement with the UDF, 40 years ago.
He was reacting to the call of some UDF founding members who bemoaned the current state of affairs in the country.
Last week, some of the organisers of the UDF40 Steering Committee sought to use the opportunity of its anniversary to reflect on how the current situation in the country had deviated from the core principles as their driving force against apartheid.
Ramaphosa says the UDF celebrations should rather be used to revive the activism and vibrancy of their political formations.
He was speaking yesterday at the end of the Veterans’ League’s three-day national congress in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.
“As we reflect, we should avoid the temptation to bemoan by comparing our current organisational state. Instead, we should use the lessons of the UDF era to revive the activism and the vibrancy of our structures, rather than sit back and navalgaze and say ‘oh during the UDF this is what we did and languish in history’. What we should do is to say what are the lessons we can draw from, how mobilised our people are under the banner of the UDF and do it again now.”
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