Votes-for-sale issue tops ANC agenda

2010-07-25 13:50

The ANC will discuss the contentious issue of lobbying for

leadership positions in the party after it emerged that some of its leaders were

buying votes with cash.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told the media yesterday that

the ­party would debate the matter at its mid-term gathering, the national

general council, in Durban in September.

“There was a lot of cash flow in the elections. It is not a new

debate but a debate revived in the ANC. It will talk to lobbying and its impact

in the conference,” he said.

Mantashe was speaking ­after the meeting of the ANC’s national

executive committee (NEC) in Esselen Park, Ekurhuleni, this week.

The discussion on how to canvass for power comes ­after the ANC in

Gauteng warned that groupings in the party were splashing out loads of money to

influence delegates in the run-up to elective conferences.

ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura warned that the party would end

up being ruled only by those with “deep pockets”.

The debate is likely to pit ANC business groupings against their

enemies in the South African Communist Party (SACP) and trade ­union federation

Cosatu.

Cosatu and the SACP ­believe a business faction in the ANC, which

includes youth league president ­Julius Malema, want to remove Mantashe in

2012.

The gathering, at which 2?000 delegates will converge, will also

discuss the nationalisation of mines after Malema pushed for the ­matter to be

on the agenda.

ANC president Jacob Zuma will present the political ­report while

the party’s treasurer, Mathews Phosa, will present the financial report.

Mantashe will table the state of the organisation ­report.

The ruling party will also discuss its controversial plans to

establish a media tribunal.

Mantashe also took a swipe at former president Thabo Mbeki’s

ex-director-general, Reverend Frank Chikane, for his recent media articles

­lamenting the process that had ousted his former boss.

“The publication of Chikane’s files, especially those that purport

to report in a distorted fashion NEC meetings when Reverend Chikane was not

present, is viewed in a serious light,” said ­Mantashe.

“We are not going to get into a street fight with Chikane.

“We will seek his audience,” he added.


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