The people who hold the power: Johlene Ntwane

2012-11-24 12:40

Ntwane (43) thinks it’s time for the ANC to invest in proper political education.

This is one way in which the party can deal with those who join it only for personal gain, the Bram Fischer branch member says.
“Years ago, the ANC had a vibrant political education desk.”

There’s a particular need for this in Northern Cape, the Kimberley resident says.

“If one looks at what happened this week in the province, three members of the ANC’s provincial executive committee were charged. How are people going to trust them or vote for them?”

Ntwane got involved in politics while studying at the University of the Western Cape years ago, and formally joined the ANC in 1990.

The married mother of two owns a business that specialises in heritage, cultural and project management.

Her branch is backing President Jacob Zuma for a second term, with Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy president.

They want Gwede Mantashe to retain his position as secretary-general and will vote for Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general.

Ntwane says the dimensions of the political struggle have changed and the ANC will lose power in Northern Cape if something
drastic isn’t done soon.

“I would like to appeal to the new national executive committee to come and intervene and rectify the situation in the province if they want to win the province during the next election.”

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