Veteran slams ruling party’s ‘undisciplined youth’‘ANC is a tender shop’

2011-09-26 00:00

THE ANC has been turned into a “tender shop”, and some join the party to access tenders while others will even kill for them.

This was said by one of the first soldiers of Mkhonto Wesizwe, Brigadier-General Teddy Nqaphayi, in an address at the military funeral of MK veteran Cyril Bafana Themba Dlamini.

Dlamini (75), who joined the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) after the 1994 democratic elections and was given the rank of brigadier-general, passed away on September 17 after a long illness.

Dlamini and Nqaphayi were members of the Luthuli Detachment, the first of MK’s military soldiers to be engaged in military battle in the 1960s. They fought alongside their Zimbabwean counterparts in the Wankie and Sipolilo raids against the South African-backed Rhodesian army.

Addressing mourners on behalf of the Luthuli Detachment at the DLI Hall in Durban yesterday, Nqaphayi said that even though they were young when they joined the ANC and MK, their discipline was never in doubt, as is the case with many of today’s youth in the ANC.

“Younger generations must have discipline. Let us come back to the ANC and have discipline to know the leadership. You cannot lead the ANC if you cannot be led. If you have come [to the ANC] for money, this is not what we fought for.

Nqaphayi said Albert Luthuli, the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and the ANC’s president before its banning in 1960, “would not be happy if he learnt that the ANC had been turned into a tender-shop”.

“People now join the ANC to get tenders and some even kill for tenders. If you don’t want to be led you must step aside and let others lead the ANC,” Nqaphayi said.

ANC national executive committee (NEC) member and Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma also decried the lack of discipline within the ANC youth, saying senior leaders are failing to pass on the discipline they learnt from the older generation.

“Maybe we are failing to inculcate in the younger generation how this new democratic South Africa came about. The past generation gave it all when there was nothing to gain. It was just an honour to fight for your country.”

In clear reference to the protests against the ANC leadership for hauling ANC Youth League leaders before a disciplinary hearing, Dlamini-Zuma said, “The younger generation must stop being a law unto themselves They should know there are leaders to take orders from. The older generation did not toyi-toyi against leadership if there was something they were dissatisfied about.”

ANC NEC members Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu also addressed the mourners before Dlamini’s body was taken to Chesterville cemetery for burial.

skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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