Unity is ANC’s highest priority

2010-05-21 15:22

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The moment Nomvula

Mokonyane declared her intention to compete with

Paul Mashatile for the chairpersonship of the ANC

in Gauteng, the stage was set for a colossal battle.

With the elective conference now behind us the new leadership has

the momentous task of healing wounds and fostering unity, discipline and

cohesion within the ranks.

The vibrancy that was generated before and during the conference is

good for our democracy as members were able to support policy and leadership

preferences openly and freely, except for some nasty incidents.

Given this backdrop and events preceding other elective

conferences, is it not time that the ANC

modernises its approach and tightens the rules for lobbying and standing for

election to its leadership structures?

The method of not allowing candidates to

openly declare their intentions to stand for elections and canvassing has served

its purpose.

Furthermore, how about an upper structure like the National

Executive Committee, in the instance of a provincial conference, being

responsible for the running of both conference and elections, given that some

people are conflicted by standing for election at a conference they are running?

The new approach should also be a catalyst to conscious efforts by

members to focus on policy issues, so that these are not overshadowed by

impending elections.

The beating of war drums by triumphalists calling for a cabinet

reshuffle does not inspire confidence.

The provincial government should be

assessed objectively against the priority areas of creation of decent work;

provision of quality education and health care; fighting crime; and rural

development and land reform, as encapsulated in the ANC’s election manifesto.

This should be the only yardstick, and no matter how irresistible

the urge might be, pandering to the wishes of triumphalists would be a departure

from the theme of “Unity, Service and Renewal”.

Mogodiri is a media and

political commentator

 


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