ANC snubs Anti-Zimbabwe lecture at OR Tambo School
Brian Rungano Temba
Yesterday, the ANC shut down a Public lecture that was scheduled for September 7, 2023 which was meant to push anti-Zimbabwe messaging by Ibbo Mandaza.
The title of the public lecture was,” State of Democracy in the SADC region: A reflection on the National Elections in Zimbabwe.
In a letter by the Secretary General for the African National Congress , Cde Fikile Mbalula, the ANC stated that its interests were not to complicate engagements with Zimbabwe.
“At the moment the leadership of the ANC is engaged in a number of delicate engagements regarding the situation in Zimbabwe. In this context, a public lecture, at this time , on what is clearly an ANC Platform would complicate these engagements,” read the letter.
They also stated that the platform Mandaza wanted to use for such discussions was largely facilitated by the ANC as a stakeholder and they reserve the right to authorise the lecture.
“Whilst we respect the autonomy of the School, it is also true in the public mind, domestically and internationally it is inextricably linked to the ANC.
Furthermore the lecture is billed as a collaborative effort between the school and ANC Johannesburg Region. This clearly constitutes an ANC platform,” read the letter.
Ibbo Mandaza is a seasoned opposition activist and academic who’s works are very explicit on western agenda of regime change in Zimbabwe.