JOHANNESBURG, March 12 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress(ANC), urged its members on Sunday to follow the disciplines and the organizational policies.
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu made the remarks at a press conference, after its Women's League has nominated and continued to campaign for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to be the next president of the party and of the country. The ANC asks its members not to nominate or campaign for anyone and can only do so at the right time.
Moreover, the Women's League, together with the ANC's Youth League, have accused the country's Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, of supporting white monopoly capital and called for his resignation.
Calling that "indiscipline," Mthembu called on all ANC members to keep quiet and adhere to what the leadership has said.
Mthembu said party members should desist from attacking each other in the public, adding that "You can criticize me in whatever manner in the National Executive Council meetings."
Jeff Radebe, ANC's Head of Policy and Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, aired similar views.
Lindiwe Sisulu, chairperson of the ANC Social Transformation Subcommittee, said they are yearning for a time when all party members would be disciplined and follow the party protocols.
The call for discipline and unity within the ruling party came on the same day with the party's announcement of a discussion document, aimed at generating policy changes in improving its social, economic and political performance.
The ruling party will probably call for presidential nominations after a national policy conference scheduled from June 30 to July 5.