We are ANC stalwarts and veterans (the stalwarts), we are signatories to the document “For the Sake of our Future”
Originally, a total of 101 stalwarts and veterans signed this document.
The stalwarts include all of the remaining members of those imprisoned after the Rivonia Treason Trial. Comrade Kathrada was the first signatory of the document.
As stalwarts, our objective is to continue to serve all the people of South Africa and ensure the historical values and principles of the ANC are restored. As stalwarts, we feel a profound responsibility to the movement and the country, to ensure that the principles and values of the ANC are not destroyed.
We believe that the overwhelming majority of our citizens embrace the values of the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of our country.
As stalwarts, we have engaged with the present leadership of the ANC and consistently argued that the ANC and the Alliance must participate in a National Consultative Conference which can openly and honestly confront the crisis faced by our country and the ANC. Those in the leadership of the ANC who wish to deny our legacy of listening, consulting and learning, chose not to collectively come together with their elders to be part of the consultative conference. We therefore had to organise The National Consultative Conference on the ANC ourselves in conjunction with the uMkhonto we Sizwe Council.
That conference was held between the 17th and 19th of November, and brought together ANC Stalwarts and Veterans; The ANC Veterans League; Members of the ANC Women’s League; Members of the ANC Youth League; present and former members of the the National Executive Council of the ANC; the organised and legitimate structures of uMkhonto we Sizwe; formal delegations and the leadership of the Alliance, SACP, COSATU.and SANCO; the two democratically elected ex-President’s of our Nation: present and former Ministers of our country; senior members of the civil service; and organisations of civil society.
The outcome of the National Consultative Conference can play an important role in restoring the legitimacy of the ANC which was clear from the support of our citizens in the struggle against apartheid; the introduction of our constitutional democracy and the first democratic elections.
The National Consultative Conference was also an opportunity to show that the overwhelming majority of past and present members of the ANC remain committed to the values, practices and highest ethical standards which were recognised internationally as such and characterised our development as a political party.
Our work is not finished, but it is the end of the beginning and we believe the beginning of the end for those who have stolen from our people and who have undermined the legitimacy and trust that the people of our country had in our movement.