ANC to act on ‘alien’ trends

2010-09-24 00:00

THE week-long sitting of the national general council (NGC) of the ANC, which ends today, has given the party’s national executive committee (NEC) a “strong mandate” to decisively deal with issues described as “new and alien tendencies” within the organisation.

This was revealed yesterday by ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu following the adoption of a scathing political report delivered by party president Jacob Zuma and the organisational report reported presented by secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the start of the NGC on Monday.

In their reports, Zuma and Mantashe point out that there is ill-discipline and disregard of party instructions by some members and that corrupt members using money to influence the election of party officials.

The NGC also adopted the financial report tabled by the treasurer-general, Matthews Phosa, as well as reviews of strategy and tactics, organisational building and renewal, leadership selection, and gender.

“The delegates discussed the challenges facing our movement and our country, sending a clear message that without a strong and united ANC, our vision of building a national democratic society will not be realised,” Mthembu said.

On the need for discipline and revolutionary conduct of ANC members, the NGC agreed that the breakdown of discipline and levels of misconduct have reached unacceptable and intolerable proportions over the past two-and-a-half years since Polokwane conference.

“The NEC in particular and all structures in general need to act with firmness, fairness and consistency in enforcing the ANC constitution.

“ … There was an agreement that in preparation for the 2012 national conference, the NEC should … develop a detailed code of conduct … to ensure that public representatives do not receive special treatment on matters of discipline,” Mthembu said.

On factional tendencies, which have emerged recently in the party, the NGC commissions said they believe that unity remains the bedrock upon which the long-term success and survival of the ANC depends.

They called for “exemplary conduct, steadfast leadership and decisive action” on the part of the NEC to root out “factionalist and divisive tendencies”.

Regarding the thorny topic of a “generational mix” in leadership, which created a furore when raised by the ANC Youth League, the delegates agreed there should be more open discussions within the party to better understand the different generations and appreciate their contributions in the past and present.

They also agreed that the NEC should develop and implement guidelines for lobbying plan to curb abuse of lobbying or manipulation.

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