Premier slams ‘untouchables’ in ANC

2011-09-19 08:54

ANC members who considered themselves “untouchables” and did not toe the party line should leave, KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize has said.

According to The Times newspaper today, Mkhize – who is also an ANC national executive committee (NEC) member – launched a scathing attack over the weekend against members who viewed themselves as more important than the party.

“If you don’t want to be in the ANC, you are free to leave. We can’t be begging you. When you join the ANC you join as an individual and you agree to abide by its constitution.”

In what appeared to be a veiled attack on ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and others who face disciplinary hearings, Mkhize said: “When you go through internal processes of the ANC you don’t have to mobilise other people to support you.”

According to the newspaper, Mkhize, who was addressing a meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal shop stewards’ council in Durban, said the erosion of discipline among members was caused by money.

“We begin to see people who believe they are untouchables.”

He also welcomed the disciplinary hearings and urged tripartite alliance partners to help young people grow within the party and learn its values.

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