CENTRALITY OF BRANCH MANDATE KEY TO ORGANISATIONAL UNITY – PART ONE
As the ANC in Limpopo prepares itself for provincial and regional elective conferences before the end of this year, the citizens of Limpopo must be more concerned especially about the kind of leadership that will emerge out of these processes. Concerned because we all aware of why the previous leadership under Cassel Mathale was disbanded and why the ruling party wants to elect new leadership in the province.
Central to these elective conferences is the calibre, capacity and mould of branch delegates who will be carrying variegated mandates from their respective branches. Prior to these, branches delegates as individuals represent agreed leadership and policy positions with the understanding that all delegates also have an opportunity to lobby and influence each other purely because it’s a conference of branches and not that of money mandarins and their ilk.
Contrary to previous elective conferences, the nomination of delegates to these conferences has been largely characterized by democratic engagement and conducted in a peaceful environment with no fierce divisions and running battles. So far, branch disputes that followed have been largely regarded as unconvincing and unscientific as reported in various media. Given this situation, it is hoped that the quality of the end product in the form of delegates is less questionable and attached with reasonable integrity.
However, there has been a worrying trend which has opened the movement and its cadres to vulnerability of money dispensers and their hidden but obvious agendas. This is a trend which intensified during the reign of Limpopo mafioso and we all know how it crippled the movement and its attendant consequences.This is a trend that has reduced cadres into voting cattle and voting comprador as they only attend conferences to elect and conspicuously usurp liquid money. Sadly, the source of this mafiostic tendency had its origins from state coffers, whose influence is reluctantly ruled out in the upcoming conferences.
Now that elective conferences are in our midst, we pin our hopes on all those who will be lobbying or contesting for political office to eschew and shun away from using capital accumulation and patronage dispensary in order to influence election outcomes. If there is any worst form of organisational abuse known, the buying of votes should be the most unforgivable conduct in the movement which must be punished ruthlessly and decisively. Similarly, no degree of socio – economic backlog or background on the part of branch delegates justifies blind acceptance of conditional bribes and promises of opulent lifestyle.
Most worrying is that those vying for leadership positions are acutely aware of this destructive practice and nothing is done about it. It is therefore imperative to challenge these hopefuls to declare and decline their election into leadership positions if it’s a result of electoral bribery and related misdemeanors. Necessarily because some of the ramifications brought by people elected through these kinds of shenanigans is that they tend to regard themselves as demi – gods and the prospects of normalising the province will remain too ghastly to contemplate as we move forward.
That as it may, we urge all voting delegates to embrace revolutionary morality and defeat the love for money to occupy their minds as we elect new leadership in these conferences. In doing this, delegates will be making sure that there will be no basis to disband the incoming leadership as it happened previously. If we love this organisation we will do everything in our power to expose and shame bribe peddlers whose only intention is to destroy and annihilate this centenary old liberation movement…………… PART TWO COMING NEXT!
Lenting Village, Lepelle Nkumpi, email@example.com
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