ANC stresses support to Western Sahara people's struggle for independence

APS - 09 January 2017

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa)- The secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, expressed his party's unfailing support �to Western Sahara people in their fight for the independence of their territory occupied by Morocco since 1975, Saharawi news agency SPS reported Monday. �

In a meeting with President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Brahim Ghali, who wrapped up a visit to South Africa on Sunday, Mantashe said the "African continent will not be free as long as an African country is still occupied by another, in a blatant violation of the African Union's constitutive act."

�The South-African official called on "the Kingdom of Morocco to withdraw from Western Sahara" and to "abide by the resolutions of the international legitimacy.

The ANC leader called for "allowing Saharawi people to exert their right to self-determination and independence."

Concerning Morocco's demand to adhere to the African Union, Mantashe said "Morocco cannot be an AU member if it does not comply with the African Union Charter."

Mantashe, in addition, urged for an international campaign for the protection of Saharawi people's natural resources and for boycotting Moroccan and foreign companies operating in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The president of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and secretary general of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, was on a three-day working visit to South Africa at the invitation of his South-African counterpart, Jacob Zuma.