Motlanthe for cabinet

2008-06-20 00:00

As the ANC gears itself for next year’s general elections, the party leadership is set to put pressure on President Thabo Mbeki to appoint ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to the national cabinet.

“We are going to insist that he [Motlanthe] is deployed into cabinet,” ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told delegates at the start of the ANC’s sixth elective provincial conference at the DUT’s Indumiso campus in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Mantashe said Motlanthe’s appointment to cabinet post is necessary to ensure a “smooth and efficient” transition from Mbeki’s administration to that of party president Jacob Zuma.

Mantashe said there is an urgent need to do this because there are people who characterise Polokwane as the beginning of decay and decline and who have sown the seeds to discredit the leadership of Zuma as disastrous.

He said the movement is under siege and that is why it is important to find creative solutions and engage and debate on issues. The focus now must be on the run-up to the election and a smooth transition to the new administration.

He added that in cabinet, Motlanthe will have a proper team around him to analyse the ANC’s performance in government. “To assess where we did well and where we failed and engage in such matters as reviewing the packaging of ministries.”

Mantashe suggested examples that delegates need to start thinking about. He said Education could be divided into two ministries one for primary and secondary education and the other for further and higher education; Minerals and Energy could be split and so could Agriculture and Land Affairs.

“I am raising these issues so we can start talking about them and what we want from our new administration post 2009.” Referring to the forthcoming national election he said, “I don’t think this time broad slogans will be enough, we will have to be concrete and forward looking.”

He said the process of deciding which members should be deployed to key areas should start now, and he encouraged delegates to start the debate at the conference.

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