ANC battle begins

2012-06-10 17:30

Johannesburg - New battle lines were drawn last week between those within the tripartite alliance who support anybody but Jacob Zuma and those who are pushing for a second term.

Anyone but Zuma

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) called on labour federation Cosatu to use its September conference to name its preferred presidential candidates.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is being pushed to show his hand and is emerging as a potential kingmaker in the ANC’s succession race.

If Cosatu heeds Numsa’s call, it would mean defying the governing party’s insistence that no public pronouncements should be made before October.

The ANC is to hold its elective conference at ­Mangaung in December.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said the ANC leadership’s performance should be reviewed and measured against policies adopted at its last conference in Polokwane in 2007.

“We do not agree that we should fold arms while a crucial formation like the ANC is assembling leadership. The leadership of the ANC is the leadership of the country,” said Jim, speaking at Numsa’s ninth national congress in Durban.

“We cannot leave anything to chance and think our interests will be taken care of.”

Refusing to name anyone, he said some leaders should be voted out and replaced.

Numsa has been publicly critical of Zuma’s leadership – particularly around workers’ rights and the poor. It is among those known to be agitating for the election of a new ANC president at Mangaung.

Vavi, another vocal critic of the ANC, is close to Numsa and its leadership.

He has also been critical of the ANC’s leadership and its failure to implement some resolutions adopted at Polokwane.

Since the expulsion of former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema from the governing party in April, the anti-Zuma lobby looks to Vavi and Jim to lead the call for changed leadership. Cosatu claims to have more than 2 million members, the majority of whom double as ANC members.

Paul Mashatile, the ANC chairperson in Gauteng, also stepped outside the party lines on Friday when he called for the succession debate to be opened.

Addressing the provincial general council, he said the performance of leaders should be evaluated.

Last Sunday, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale – himself a possible presidential candidate – urged South Africans not to fear those in power.

“We put people in authority and we get terrified of them! You start to fear an MEC, a mayor, a ­minister, you fear premiers, you fear the president,” Sexwale told people at a gathering in Eastern Cape.

The second transition

The campaign to oust Zuma may be weakened by the charm offensive he has launched using the party’s proposed “second transition” as a rallying cry for the poor and marginalised.

This “second transition” is a period during which the ANC suggests economic and social transformation should be fast-tracked. The plan is due to be discussed at the ANC’s policy conference this month.

In recent weeks Zuma and his allies in the ANC, including national executive committee (NEC) member Ngoako Ramatlhodi and secretary general Gwede Mantashe, have punted the introduction of such a “second transition” - code for a new revolution or for a second term.

Addressing delegates at the party’s Northern Cape provincial congress, Zuma said: “The first transition was relevant to the political transition, but is not adequate for a social as well as economic ­transformation phase.”

An ANC NEC member who asked not to be named told City Press the proposed “second transition” was a “perfect campaign tool” for Zuma’s re-election bid.

“It’ll mean under Zuma’s leadership the ANC was able to conceptualise, develop and implement a new vision for the country, which builds a national ­democratic society,” the NEC member – who ­supports Zuma’s re-election – said.

Ramatlhodi told City Press the “second transition” was vital because the ANC had realised that “demobilising” the masses in 1994 was the wrong decision. “We thought we could use the state to change society and overdid that,” said Ramatlhodi.

“When we want to build an RDP house, we use a tender instead of using prospective owners. In courts and elsewhere our people have been disadvantaged.

“We must bring masses out to put pressure. An ­example is how we removed that insulting picture from the walls [Brett Murray’s The Spear].

“You can interpret the Constitution in the streets. The right to demonstrate is in the Constitution.”

He rejected the suggestion that this was a form of bullying, saying criticism was meant to silence the ANC.

There was a need for both “parliamentary and ­extra-parliamentary struggles”, Ramatlhodi said.

“Some of the black judges go in there and get ­transformed by the system. It is like the sea that absorbs water from a river without salt. It comes in and becomes salty. Unless you put [in] enough water, it can’t begin to change.”

He said one of the “fatal mistakes” the ANC made was to underestimate the “taming influence of institutions” on people.

– Additional reporting by Carien du Plessis

  • cheche.selepe - 2012-06-10 09:36

    This story is too dry for a front-page, top news!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-10 18:18

      In 2000 or so Zuma had more than 3 billion Rand in retirement annuities coming to him.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 18:44

      I hopw that Zuma will stay as President! Who else would be so good for the opposition? He is an arch twit, but better the twit you know than the twit you don't know! Vote DA! Give the anc a huge fright!

      Jack - 2012-06-11 00:05

      The 'second transition' yeah the first one was a f'kup

      Oom - 2012-06-11 12:04

      Yawn, YAWN.... have a banana..

  • Phill - 2012-06-10 10:07

    Zuma must just go. What does he hope to achieve at 70+?

      Arthur - 2012-06-10 18:03

      A much bigger bank balance!

      spartanx93 - 2012-06-10 18:13

      a couple extra cows..... i mean wives.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 18:45

      I hope that Zuma will stay as President! Who else would be so good for the opposition? He is an arch twit, but better the twit you know than the twit you don't know! Vote DA! Give the anc a huge fright!

      Fussed - 2012-06-10 18:48

      A Bigger famley

      MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-06-10 19:08

      What all African banana republic tinpot dictators want - unrestricted access to the cookie jar, in other words THE MONEY, forever.

  • mogalen - 2012-06-10 10:37

    i fully agree with the call that south african society must not fear those in power.once you fear them democracy will suffer.

      spartanx93 - 2012-06-10 18:14

      tell that to their blind followers!

  • mogalen - 2012-06-10 10:43

    it is very interesting to hear ANC saying they made a mistake by underrestimating institutions and civil society organizations in making decisions regarding RDP houses.what should happen now is to make sure that they work together with civil society organizations to make decisions that are well informed.

  • londanintombel.eneosta - 2012-06-10 10:52

    changing the curent leadership maybe the only cure of the common amendmet of all SA'n crisis

  • londanintombel.eneosta - 2012-06-10 10:53

    changing the curent leadership maybe the only cure of the common amendmet of all SA'n crisis

  • londanintombel.eneosta - 2012-06-10 10:53

    changing the curent leadership maybe the only cure of the common amendmet of all SA'n crisis

  • Lincoln - 2012-06-10 11:21

    It is absurd to talk about beginning a "2nd transition", we voted the leadership in Polokwane to do exactly thatm and in a radical way. We wanted radical changes from Polokwane, we did not want super taxes and compromises. Zimbabwe has been resolute in their implementation of radical changes, it seems that the Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown and implemented in Zimbabwe. The leaders who are claiming to be communist, are liars and hypocrites to the core, they live the bourgeois lives travelling in fancy cars living in fancy houses and sipping on expensive wines. We do not need to go far to find a true revolutionary, Thomas Sankara, a true unselfish visionary communist from Burkina Faso (Country of Upright Man). These people are not upright man, they are not communist, their lies have been exposed. Let Vavi take over and surround himself with true communists. We want radical changes not a 2nd transition

      paharms - 2012-06-10 18:01

      God forbid that we use Zimbabwe as a model state!!!!

      Julio - 2012-06-10 18:09

      Now you think that communism is going to solve all our problems if it has failed wherever it has been tried. The problem with our leaders is that thay are all selfish and only interested in lining their pockes with ill gotten money and all aspire to grandeur and are all vain. What we need is a true democracy with a strong and effective opposition and thriving civil society who will hold the government accountable. It would also help if the masses were a lot smarter by seeing through the leaders when they lie and make empty promises and like sheep stop following their leaders blindly.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 18:48

      I work with ex-Soviet Union crew. They do not want to go back to communism, in fact they hate communists. Better listen to then or you will wake up very, very hungry one day.

      paulgerber969 - 2012-06-10 19:46


      princepkay - 2012-06-11 10:14

      i understand that u seem tu be a communist better be apan africanists that a communist...zimbabwe implemented no communism they juss replaced white imperialist with black ones zanu pf takes all they dont care abt their pple ......working 4 ur pple means u halt corruption bit in zimbabwe corruption has eaten awawy the economy,,,dnt let them fool yu land reform did nt destroy the economy greed and corruption did nugabe is not a pan africanist he doesnt care abt anyone but his preeety wife,,,the ANC needs to go but i dnt thinc the DA is the perfect option ,,,,their far right capitalist policies are not fit for RSA or any african country

  • Ali - 2012-06-10 11:57

    let da best man dat is democratically elected b our president but i doubt sexwale is fit 2 lead da country he is n opportunist who does not even know da movement constitution

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-10 18:07

      Tokyo Sexwale is the most dangerous man in SA politics. He can NEVER become President without the suport of Julius Malema and Winnie Mandela. And than he owes them BIG TIME............ !!! What he can teach us is how to become a BILLIONAIRE within a few years. But at the same time ,we can say good by to our democracy. Sexwale will be the gaddafi of the South.

  • mamacheuedmund.mamabolo - 2012-06-10 12:31

    Leaders should be elected based on merit.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 18:50

      Yes! Parties should be elected on their performance. That cuts the anc and Zuma out. Boycott the anc!!

  • zeepolar - 2012-06-10 12:33

    was expecting more from this story. how lame. city press is like a tabloid now. the headlines are overpromising.

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-10 13:21

    Please Umshini Wami must vacate the office , since he hold the office there's too much corruption and rape , in our Country .

      Ron - 2012-06-10 19:20

      That's because the ANC forms the government!

  • Miesies - 2012-06-10 14:33

    I don't know why people would want to blame Zuma for the corruption. At least it is comming out. Rather give me 20 Zumas than 1 Mbeki. Personally, I think Zuma is performing remarkably well, if you think of his qualification level and he is not one that are stirring racism like, Mbeki did. We don't appreciate the fact that Zuma is a strong leader as a peace maker. We need this more than fighting. Surely we must have more schooled leaders, but if you compare Zuma with Mbeki, i cannot think that academic titles alone can make you a good leader. Although the media don't believe it, we might not like it, but I still think that judge Heath was/is talking the thruth.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-10 18:08

      You are a fine example why the Nandos ad will not work for SA

      Henk - 2012-06-10 18:47

      Just more bleck racists!

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 18:53

      Nando's for President!

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-11 08:56

      zuma is definitely stirring racism underneath and it is not difficult to see where. He is still using malema and winnie's influence to run his own agenda. The last debacle of the painting was also not far from it. Do you need more proof? anc and da are both speaking with split tongues in order to forward their personal agendas and at the end of the day, zuma and zille are just pawns on the a much bigger chessboard, when they have to give in at some or other point to the nonsense leaders overseas. How SICK!

      princepkay - 2012-06-11 10:18

      easy nw guys quit the insults

  • Ivan Overton - 2012-06-10 18:04

    I just don't understand how people don't get this: There is already freedom. The constitution is not a barrier to anything. We have rich resources, great people and an amazing country. WE JUST NEED TO DELIVER. The enemy is not whites, or blacks, communinists or

      Ivan Overton - 2012-06-10 18:16

      (oops)... Communists or capitalists or whatever. The enemy is non-delivery. If we used all of the many opportunities since 1994, if SA was led well, if all of our leaders delivered like they were supposed to, we would not be having these discussions now. There would not have been new tolls on the highways, or load shedding. We would have consolidated our position as the leader in Africa, instead of preparing (as we are now) to hand over that role to Nigeria. We would have been South Africans instead of blacks and non-blacks. There was enough, enough for all, but our leaders squandered this. And still they get away with this - a second revolution? More like another chance to steal more, keep on failing miserably and to lead us even further into becoming a failed state.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 19:00

      @Ivan ... Mostly a good post there Ivan. When you say "communist or capitalists or whatever" you fall flat on your face. I work with ex-Soviet Union crews and they are 100% against communism. They have been there and know what they are taking about. Not one communist country has ever delivered prosperity or excellence. There are no respected communist countries anywhere in the world. North Korea? No! China? Maybe/maybe not, probably not really respected, just feared. Would the anc decree a "one child" policy? Never! Option 1 ... Vote DA. Option 2 ... Boycott the anc. Option 3 ... Starve.

  • Fanie - 2012-06-10 18:09

    Make ready for the big knives, they are polished and ready for back stabbing.

      spartanx93 - 2012-06-10 18:15

      zooma's spear is polished and also ready to stab back at what ever

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 19:02

      Polokwani will be kids play compared to the upcoming road-show!

  • EricksonTL - 2012-06-10 18:16

    If they spent half as much time governing as they do fighting with each other and stealing, SA would be doing just fine.

  • kuvha.tshilamatanda - 2012-06-10 18:17

    I am scared to believe that those who will be elected after zuma won't do the same,how do you cure curruption cancer,what does south africa want? Is the ANC is the only option for the people?zuma was placed in the highest office of the presidency my question is does he really qualified to be a president.ANC combrades who angage themselves in criminal activities don't go to jail but deployed to other department,what does this really mean to us ordinary citizens? What message does it send to us voters?how long will the ANC continue to fool people? Will it really last with their empty promises?

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 19:05

      @Kuvha ... After Zuma? Scary stuff! Just grab a handful of the "others" and imagine them in the presidents office! Very scary! The option is to vote DA and make a proper change in the upper strata.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-10 18:27

    Come ANC people I know it is a no-no but who would you like MR Posa maybe?

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-10 18:36

      Sorry Mr Phosa

  • Juan - 2012-06-10 18:28

    The ANCestors spend so much time with infighting and forming of new factions to toggle for better positions on the gravy train that there's no time left to actually run the country and it shows.

  • Ian - 2012-06-10 18:34

    yawn boring, who cares, next

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-10 18:41

    New leadership eh? A bit like putting a new helmsman on watch on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.

  • Glyn - 2012-06-10 18:44

    I hopw that Zuma will stay as President! Who else would be so good for the opposition? He is an arch twit, but better the twit you know than the twit you don't know! Vote DA! Give the anc a huge fright!

      princepkay - 2012-06-11 10:30

      u noe wat stop sayn i work with ex soviets who dnt want to go back tu communism that no a smart point to de campaign communism ,,,i dnt like communism bt i noe many americans who dnt want capitalism also ....occuppy wall street is abt wat ..iz it abt communism or the greed in a capitalist system and i noe many americans who are communist and many chinese who belive in capitalism

  • Mbambo - 2012-06-10 18:57

    For a second term, The Spear, Naahhhh!!. Honestly, the folk is a liability. Mac Maharaj always looks like a fool when trying to layout our president's move. The ANC under JZ's administration has lost its good deeds, reputation and of course, integrity. There's so much shadow on top of that shower. His ever-extending kingdom \\family\\ is a burden to our fiscas and the chap has reach a cul-de-sac in terms of moving the country forward {more especially, economically and in implementing radical policies}.

  • Ansie Van Der Gryp - 2012-06-10 19:13

    give the ANC enough rope ... to HANG themselves ... this is already happening so give rope people ... give rope !!!vote for the ANC so that they can destroy themselves faster ... hahahahaha

  • andrew.mileham - 2012-06-10 19:16

    Did Zuma not promise his comrades in Polokwane that he would only serve one term? Never trust a polititian!

  • Thembi - 2012-06-10 19:43

    Zuma is humble,peace maker and charming but I'm voting a woman who will know how to feel sorry for the rape victims.I like mazibuko and Zilles intelligence,let's give them a chance.I'm recruiting my whole family to vote DA even if I'm black,

      Ansie Van Der Gryp - 2012-06-10 20:01

      a change is as good as a holiday ... maybe you will have more money to go on a nice holiday with your family if you vote DA ... so what have you got to loose ... nothing !!! ...gain... maybe something who knows...

      princepkay - 2012-06-11 10:31

      go thembi good for u i will neva vote DA

  • Wehan Van Greunen - 2012-06-10 19:55

    ama GLUG GLUG the sound of an sinking anc ship! if they can only show me that they can make SA a better place to be then i will vote for the anc

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-10 20:25

    Im also rising on monday them im going to get out of bed and drink my cold coffee.

  • mark.mgobhozi - 2012-08-20 14:32

    Zuma, alot has been said and a lot is said still more to be said. The fact that he is still putting that strong face, shows what qualities the Man has in Political Leadership Skills. The others have much less to show their when coming to being leaders. Like it or not South African politics is quite interesting... Zuma will come top as he has a very good team around him.

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