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Aims and Objectives

  • The ANC`s key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
  • This means the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.
  • The struggle to achieve this objective is called the National Democratic Revolution.

ANC Policy

The Freedom Charter, which was adopted by the Congress of the People in 1955, remains the basic policy document of the ANC.

The Freedom Charter declares that:

  • The people shall govern
  • All national groups shall have equal rights
  • The people shall share in the country`s wealth
  • The land shall be shared among those who work it
  • All shall be equal before the law
  • All shall enjoy equal human rights
  • There shall be work and security
  • The doors of learning and culture shall be opened
  • There shall be houses, security and comfort
  • There shall be peace and friendship

In 1994 the ANC adopted the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) as the basic policy framework guiding the ANC in the transformation of South Africa. The key programmes of the RDP are:

  • meeting basic needs
  • developing our human resources
  • building the economy
  • democratising the state and society

Symbols of the ANC

  • The flag of the ANC is made of equal horizontal bands of black, green and gold. The black symbolises the people of South Africa who, for generations, have fought for freedom. The green represents the land, which sustained our people for centuries and from which they were removed by colonial and apartheid governments. The gold represents the mineral and other natural wealth of South Africa, which belongs to all its people, but which has been used to benefit only a small racial minority.
  • The logo contains a spear and shield to represent the early wars of resistance to colonial rule, the armed struggle of the ANC`s former armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, and the ANC`s ongoing struggle against racial privilege and oppression. The wheel dates back to the campaign for the Congress of the People, which adopted the Freedom Charter, and marks the joining in a common struggle for freedom people from all South Africa`s communities. It is a symbol of the strong non-racial traditions of the ANC. The fist holding the spear represents the power of a people united in struggle for freedom and equality.
  • The ANC`s rallying call Amandla ngawethu or Matla ke arona means `power to the people`, reflecting the central demand of the Freedom Charter that the people shall govern. It a statement of the ANC`s commitment to build and deepen popular democracy and the active involvement of the people in the struggle to improve their lives

Responsibilities of an ANC member

The values and principles of an ANC member include:

  • humility and a selfless dedication to the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society,
  • concern for the will and interests of the people, captured in the principles of Batho Pele – people first,
  • a commitment to implement the policies of the movement and the decisions of the collective.

Members of the ANC are expected to:

  • belong to an ANC branch, pay subscription fees and assist in building the ANC,
  • participate actively in the discussion, formulation and implementation of ANC policy and programmes,
  • accept and defend the decisions of the relevant structures of the movement,
  • build the unity of the ANC and democratic movement and combat corruption, nepotism and factionalism,
  • fight against racism, tribal chauvinism, sexism, religious and political intolerance or any form of discrimination,
  • constantly remain informed of political and other developments, building their own capabilities as part of a process of life-long learning,
  • remain in touch with the people and play an active role in the affairs of the community,
  • behave in an exemplary way in day-to-day life, and not use positions of responsibility for self-enrichment or personal gain.

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