Power and Politics

Zambia’s socialist party backs ANC ahead of South African elections


Zambia’s Socialist Party (SP) has endorsed the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ahead of Wednesday’s elections in South Africa.

Party president, Dr Fred M’membe, noted the significance of the elections for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Africa and the global poor.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, M’membe highlighted the historical and progressive role of the ANC.

“The ANC, despite the challenges faced over the last 30 years of governance, remains one of the most progressive political organizations on the continent,” he stated.

M’membe added that the ANC was not only one of the oldest political parties in Africa but also one of the most progressive.

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He warned that if the ANC failed to secure a majority in the elections, it could have severe implications for South Africa and Africa as a whole.

“An ANC loss might also be a setback for South Africa itself. The ANC needs to secure the majority to continue governing,” M’membe asserted.

He called for a rejuvenation and reorientation of the ANC post-elections, acknowledging the presence of forces aiming to unseat the ANC, which he claimed were not concerned with the well-being of South Africans, SADC, or Africa but rather with domination.

“We, who have grown up in and with the ANC, can only wish it all the best in these elections. We hold our breath and hope a great majority is met to govern that country. All the best to the ANC, the people of South Africa, SADC and Africa. Aluta continua,” M’membe concluded.

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