ANC says no discussion about leadership change

2014-09-29 14:18

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The ANC will not discuss a change in leadership at its national general council next year.

“The general council cannot change a national conference decision, it can only review,” the party’s head of policy Jeff Radebe said today.

“The council operates under rule 10.6. It can alter and review decisions of all bodies except the national conference.”

According to rule 10 in the African National Congress’s constitution, the council shall “have the right to ratify, alter or rescind any decision taken by any of the constituent bodies, units or officials of the ANC, except the national conference, including the evaluation of the performance of members of the national executive committee”.

President Jacob Zuma’s presidency has been marred by several controversies. They include upgrades to his personal homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, the so-called “spy tapes” which formed the basis for dropping corruption charges against him, and reports that in 2000 he accepted a R500 000 a year bribe from Ajay Sooklal, a “fixer” for French arms company Thales.

Radebe said the ANC’s leadership would be reviewed. The general council would look at the performance of its national executive committee members and allow the party to review its policies.

The ANC will hold its general council meeting in June next year. The conference takes place 30 months after its last conference in Mangaung in 2012.

Radebe said corruption claims were damaging the ANC’s integrity.

“That is why we must engage with allegations of corruption even if it is factually incorrect.”

He said the ANC’s integrity committee was established because of the erosion of moral values in the party.

Radebe admitted the ANC was worried about its decline in support.

Read: ANC worried about drop in votes – Jeff Radebe

ANC national executive committee member and Minister of Small Business Lindiwe Zulu said the ANC’s problems had to be understood in context.

“There has got to be an understanding that South Africa is on the move and with South Africa on the move it also means that there will be a whole host of challenges that would not have been there 20 years ago,” she said.

“Part of those challenges we as the ANC have accepted that they become internal challenges for the ANC and therefore the internal dynamic discussions that we need to have within the organisation are very important.”

Zulu said in the past the ANC’s leadership was focused on liberating the country. Now there were new problems.

“The situation is dynamic and so the ANC has to discuss and develop how it can remain relevant.

“If you have to lead society then you need to lead by example, which means you need to get your own house in order, and I think this is what we have been engaged in, in almost all the meetings.”

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