The African National Congress National Executive Sub Committee on International Relations met on the 3rd to the 5th of May 2013 in Tshwane to consider various issues relating to the international work of the African National Congress. The meeting reaffirmed that in this the Decade of the Cadre, we must ensure that all comrades of the movement are armed with the necessary understanding and appreciation of progressive internationalism, a cornerstone of the international character of our movement.
In line with our intention to broaden the understanding by all comrades and ensure we speak one message using many voices on the 53rd ANC resolutions on International Relations, the Secretary-General of the ANC, Comrade Gwede Mantashe, opened the meeting by reaffirming that the ANC's outlook on International Relations has its genesis in the Freedom Charter demand that “There shall be peace and friendship”. Our posture therefore is based on the ANC's commitment to a struggle for a humane, just, equitable, democratic and free world in pursuit of a better Africa and a better world.
On a better Africa
The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union (AU) celebrate this year 50th and 10th year anniversaries respectively under the theme “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance”.
In recognition of these milestones, the African National Congress pays homage to the solidarity that the OAU, through the Liberation Committee, provided to the ANC, excluding the apartheid government from its organs and recognizing the ANC as a legitimate representative of the people of South Africa.
Similarly, we acknowledge the role played by the Liberation Committee of the OAU in liberating Namibia under the leadership of SWAPO, Angola under the leadership of MPLA, Mozambique under the leadership of FRELIMO, Zimbabwe under the leadership of ZANU-PF and South Africa under the leadership of the ANC as well as other countries in our region and continent. The African National Congress values these historical friendships with peoples of Africa and thus we welcome the apology by the government and people of Zambia on the unfortunate utterances made by the Zambian Deputy President about South Africa and her people.
We continue to mourn our fallen soldiers in the Central African Republic (C.A.R) who fell in the course of peace keeping as part of the ANC's commitment for peace and stability in the continent. We call upon the concerned parties and the people of Central African Republic to cooperate towards bringing a culture of democratic rule and the protection of human rights. In line with our peace keeping initiatives on the continent, South Africa is also cooperating with other countries in the Democratic Republic of Congo under the new mandate and auspices of the United Nations. We continue to support the ongoing Global Peace Agreement (GPA) in Zimbabwe, and welcome the successful and peaceful referendum held in that country recently. We trust that the country will soon hold free and fair elections. The democratization of Swaziland must preoccupy the work of the African National Congress and all progressive forces as we call for the release of political prisoners, return of exiles and free political activities in that country.
As part of the celebrations of the anniversary of the OAU/AU which was set up to fulfill its mission of uniting the African continent, and the decolonization of Africa, the ANC will also be hosting seminars, road shows, lectures and publications on, amongst others, the importance of Africa Day. We will distribute the African Union anthem to our structures as well as encourage government departments to distribute the AU anthem in schools and other public institutions. The flag of the AU must be hoisted as a permanent practice for the Republic of South Africa. We also wish to reiterate the role played by the Pan-African Youth Movement and the Pan-African Women's Organization in uniting the youth and women of our continent for Solidarity and peace even before the formation of the OAU.
In celebrating the 50th and 10th anniversaries of both the OAU and AU respectively, the ANC will undertake the following activities:
The National Executive Committee of the ANC shall deliberate on the OAU/AU's progress and challenges over the weekend of May 17-19, 2013.
Anniversary Seminars at the Fort Hare University on 31 May - 1st June, and another at UNISA on the 26 - 28 June 2013
In July, we will host the PAWO (Pan-African Women's Organization)'s 51st Anniversary, and celebrate the opening of its offices in South Africa as resolved in the 52nd Polokwane Conference
In August we will have activities aimed at highlighting Women struggles in the Continent.
In September we will join the Youth of the Continent when they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the OAU in South Africa, under the stewardship of the Pan African Youth Movement (PAYM) now the Pan African Youth Union (PAYU) established in 1962.
In Continuing with the celebrations of the OUA/AU, we will have a variety of Speakers including current and former leaders as well as Social Think-Tanks and activists on the Continent at the following Universities: Limpopo, UWC, UKZN (Westville Campus), Walter Sisulu and Wits University and other Venues to be confirmed.
The African National Congress will participate in the meeting of Former Liberation Movements in the last part of the year in Tanzania and will celebrate the 10th anniversary of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and its review sub-mission.
On a better world
The NEC Sub-Committee on International Relations further discussed the strategy and tactics in the context of internationalism and the global balance of forces, the international perspective of the National Development Plan, South-South Relations with specific reference to IBSA, BRICS, and G20 as well as the North-South Cooperation and other critical international issues. Reflections of the third International Solidarity Conference held on the 25th to 28th October 2012 and its outcomes were also deliberated upon
We continue to call for an end to the 55 year old blockade on Cuba and call for the release of the Cuban Five and immediate and unconditional repatriation of Rene Gonzalez to Cuba.
The struggle of the people of Western Sahara for independence must preoccupy the work of progressive internationalists and the ANC calls for the implementation of UN Resolution 1495 of 2003 to have the Saharawi people call a referendum to determine their destiny.
We congratulate the Palestinian people for being granted a new non-member observer status in the UN General Assembly. We view this as an important step towards the attainment of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. We call for an end to the Syrian conflict.
In this the Decade of Cadre, the ANC supports the youth and students delegation to the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students to be held from the 7th to the 13th of December 2013 in Ecuador.
The ANC reiterates its welcome to all the delegates attending the World Economic Forum under the theme, “Deliver on Africa's Promise" taking place in the country from the 8th to the 10th of May 2013.We wish them well in their deliberations.