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ANC behaving like it's 'bewitched'

2012-03-19 12:51

Johannesburg - An adviser in the presidency said if former Cabinet minister Steve Tshwete saw the political infighting and rifts in the ANC he would say the party was bewitched, the Times reported on Monday.

"Steve would see the situation we are in now as if we've been bewitched," Charles Nqakula said during the Steve Tshwete memorial lecture at the East London City Hall on Friday night.

Tshwete was safety and security minister under former president Thabo Mbeki.

Nqakula, also a former safety and security minister, said the rifts in the African National Congress would give "snakes" such as the Democratic Alliance the opportunity to rise to power.

"Let's be careful we do not create conditions where snakes we are meant to kill are instead fattened by our own."

Nationalisation

The Times further reported that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula encouraged the ANC Youth League's drive for nationalisation. Mbalula, the league's former leader, was in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. He said the call for the mines to be nationalised was not a crime.

"The youth league started the battle of ideas on nationalisation. It is not a crime because it is about improving the lives of people," he was quoted as saying.

"But you must say it with sober minds. You must be able to stand your ground and not complain in the corners, because you can't pray for rain and, when there is rain, complain."

According to the report ANCYL league members tried to turn the event in the Transkei into a campaign rally for Mbalula.

Mbalula is favoured by the ANCYL to replace current ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Comments
  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-19 13:08

    this is the ANC's Fault making false promises, now they want it!!! so be honest and real and lets work together...

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-19 14:14

      im to good looking to work together, i prefer things to work apart. besides in theory i support snakes which are evil by definition

  • Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-03-19 13:17

    Anc you are cursed by your ancestors..hahahaa

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-19 13:28

    IDIOTIC at best! I hope your ANCestors rise up to give you a head-butt, you butt-heads!

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 13:36

    This country will be Africanised!

      TSR01 - 2012-03-19 17:38

      I thought it already was, considering its part of Africa and all. :)

  • malvina.vanbreemen - 2012-03-19 13:38

    So here we go again with killing things and inciting Anally Native Corruption supporters to kill anyone who supports the DA "Nqakula, also a former safety and security minister, said the rifts in the African National Congress would give "snakes" such as the Democratic Alliance the opportunity to rise to power. "Let's be careful we do not create conditions where snakes we are meant to kill are instead fattened by our own." However indirectly this sort of comment is phrased, it remains just another "bring me my machine gun" or "kill the boer".

  • Kraken - 2012-03-19 13:42

    Don't mistake ignorance and stupidity for witchcraft.

      TSR01 - 2012-03-19 17:38

      Indeed, agreed.

  • anthony.swart - 2012-03-19 13:43

    There is no end to black greed, its easy money ripping the ANC apart, they have forgotten about the people. POWER = MONEY and god forbid the whites should take control again and show them how you can be greedy and still run a country prosperously and crime free........get these foreigners out, cut back on social grants, small steps to success but arrogance will be the ANC's downfall.

      Jabu - 2012-03-19 15:42

      Define foreigners 4 me

      Abram - 2012-03-19 16:33

      Who is a foreigner here?

      TSR01 - 2012-03-19 17:43

      Anthony, "get these foreigners out" is a borderline remark - it could be a blanket statement relating to foreign African nationals (Malawi, Zimbabwe, etc.), foreign Western nationals (Britain, Germany, Australia, etc.), and foreign locals (those with acquired citizenship). Please be more careful in future not to make careless statements which could easily offend anyone - unless that was your intention.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-19 13:45

    I remember this Charles, so keen to please his Master, salivating at the demise of the Scorpions and putting forward his own plans of a SAPS which is focussed on protecting the ANC. This is what we have today. The South African Nation is like a young tree. It tries to grow. It has delicate new leaves sprouting here and there, but as soon as these leaves appear, they are devoured by the fat ANC worms. These worms eventually grow so fat that they fall off the tree. They then pollute the ground where the roots are supposed to feed. As long as there are these ANC worms, there can be no tree. How can we even think of a fruitful future?

      Godfrey - 2012-03-19 14:21

      Very well said!!!

  • K0BUSL - 2012-03-19 13:52

    Nqakula, also a former safety and security minister, said the rifts in the African National Congress would give "snakes" such as the Democratic Alliance the opportunity to rise to power. "Let's be careful we do not create conditions where snakes we are meant to kill are instead fattened by our own." So Now we have it in cold words..... The DA is seen as a SNAKE (Evil) The ANC is supposed to Kill the Snake Isn't this hatespeech at its ultimate, instigating the possible literal action by some ANC members to KILL DA LEADERS!!!!!

  • Kuno - 2012-03-19 14:01

    Nqakula, also a former safety and security minister, said the rifts in the African National Congress would give "snakes" such as the Democratic Alliance the opportunity to rise to power. "Let's be careful we do not create conditions where snakes we are meant to kill are instead fattened by our own." No clue what democracy is all about... no wonder this country is going down the drain. powerhungry greedy individuals who give no damn about the people in this country... a disgrace to have ministers like this.

  • Jacques - 2012-03-19 14:05

    This is so embarrassing, actually. Do you see Democrats and Republicans call each other \snakes\ before US elections? No. This same name-calling was rife when COPE was born. Bloody school ground vibes.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-03-19 14:10

    As a matter of fact, the ANC is just a name, and empty box dependant on their comrades. It's the only "so-called" government in the world that does not knows for what it stands. You cannot have a "democratic" and "communist" policy in one party. It's just a party trying to stay in power to look after their own benefits. And instead, our country is falling apart. Nothing works in this country, ok, only the people in the private sector.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-03-19 14:35

    calling other parties snakes is quite an irresponsible statement coming from a former safety and security minister but not suprising as Charles Nqakula has previously made statements like "they can continue to whinge until they are blue in the face" ," if you don't like the crime get out of the country "

  • Glyn - 2012-03-19 15:30

    The anc is bewitched!? They do act it! People actually vote for them! They might be bewitched too!?

  • Shaun - 2012-03-19 15:30

    What's REALLY embarrassing about this article is that there is an entire news staff that's actually deemed this to be newsworthy. The headline sounds like something from "The Daily Sun"... let's not even get into the content!

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-19 16:12

    U guys luv giving attention to any article abt the ANC. Maybe u all are Zombies of the witch who bewitched the ANC. Get it in ur big racist thick heads: The ANC is in Power bewitched or not and I will always vote for it no matter what u people say.

  • Rob - 2012-03-19 16:30

    Now who are they they trying to pin their failures on. Big European man's spirit???? Well, maybe there is something in this, the European spirit of democracy and positivity seems to be sadly lacking in the ANC.

  • ISO - 2012-03-19 16:47

    Man-gang conference in December!? It seems that only the worst people in the ANC will be elected to govern the ANC. My question is, how is it that the youth has so much power to decide who will govern the ANC? It just seems to me that the ANC is powerless against the infidels- ANCYL!

  • Blip - 2012-03-19 20:37

    Rain and snakes and witches... Yebo, gogo.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-03-19 20:51

    Damn the man, save the rainbow nation.

  • rsepere - 2012-06-19 09:05

    firstly... hw does a bewitched thng or person behave???\r\ntheres upsolute nothing like th ANC behaving like its bewitched!

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