JOHANNESBURG, A number of party stalwarts and veterans of South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), have signed a document entitled For the Sake of our Future and urged ANC Members of Parliament to support the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Stating that doing so would save the ANC, they added in Sunday's open letter to ANC MPs that the eyes of the nation and all democrats were focused on each and every one of you who will take your seats on that day, ready to make your mark in the history books.

The document continues: "The guideline of how you should approach your role on the day as required of you in terms of the Constitution of the Republic was outlined in the clearest of terms by the Chief Justice in the Constitutional Court determination regarding whether the Speaker has powers to provide for a secret ballot during voting on the motion of no confidence against (in this case) President Jacob Zuma.

"As stalwarts and veterans of the ANC, we acknowledge that this will probably be one of the most important, if not difficult, ballot you are called upon to cast your vote in. However, your burden should be made easier by the covenant you struck with the people of South Africa when you swore allegiance to the Constitution and, as a Member of Parliament, pledged never to conduct yourself in a manner that will diminish its integrity and thus that of the Republic of South Africa."

Describing corruption in the country as "deep and broad', they said this had damaged the ANC's electoral prospects. "Whether our organization can retain and regain the confidence of broader society will be determined by its ability to rid itself of the cancer of the political and economic corruption aided and abetted by key elements within the organization."

"The motion of no confidence in Zuma was an inevitable outcome of the myriad scandals in which he had regrettably embroiled himself and his office and which continued to dog him and his executive, with on-going revelations that left little doubt as to their veracity," the document reads.

The group of 101 stalwarts, who have been loyal members of the ANC for many decades, say they want to ensure the historical values and principles of the ANC are restored. They include all of the remaining members of those imprisoned after the Rivonia Treason Trial. The late Ahmed Kathrada was the first signatory of the document.

Others include Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Premi Appelraju, Ismail Cachalia, Cheryl Carolus, Frank Chikane, Moss Chikane, Cas Coovadia, Alec Erwin, Frene Ginwala, Barbara Hogan, Pallo Jordan, Mandla Langa, Albertina Luthuli, Trevor Manuel, Smangaliso Mkhatshwa , Popo Molefe, Murphy Morobe, Mavuso Msimang, Sydney Mufamadi, Mike Muller, Welile Nhlapo, Essop Pahad, Aziz Pahad, Ivan Pillay, Sipho Pityana, Joyce Seroke, Gertrude Shope, Zola Skweyiya, and many other prominent ANC members.


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