The ANC's top brass has resurrected a proposal that it should start its
own commercial newspaper, ANC spokesperson Jesse Duarte said, writes Angela Quintal in the Cape Times.

The party also plans to relaunch its Mayibuye and Umrabulo publications.

Duarte was speaking after a national working committee meeting at Luthuli House on Monday, in which it was decided that the need for a commercial newspaper should be placed on the agenda of the party's national executive committee meeting at the weekend.

The viability of an ANC newspaper was last discussed in any seriousness in 1992, Duarte said.

Asked whether the ANC's possible launch of its own newspaper, should be read as a vote of no confidence in the country's print media, Duarte said the issue had not been discussed in a negative way.

Instead the reasoning behind the proposal was that the "ANC should communicate to the people in an ANC way".

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