'Aloof' ANC will lose support - official

2012-03-10 22:49

Pietermaritzburg - A chasm between elected representatives and the public needs to be bridged, KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Saturday.

“We must combat the disease of the distance between the ANC leadership, its members and the people,” Zikalala told delegates at the elective conference of the Moses Mabhida Region in Howick.

If party members and leaders maintained an aloof attitude the African National Congress would lose public support and so delegates needed to remain in constant contact with people.

Bigger than the ANC

Zikalala also took aim at party leaders who he said thought they were bigger than the ANC, warning that life outside the ruling party was difficult.

“When people support you, it is not because of your popularity, but because of their love of this organisation.

"All those who thought they were bigger than the ANC are in the political wilderness today.”

He said United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa was one of those who thought they were bigger than the ruling party.

Zikalala condemned the emergence of members who were only interested in voting without making other contributions, especially on policy formulation.

“How many of us as delegates are ready to make an input on the policy of the friends, we must not just be voting delegates because history will judge us on this,” said Zikalala.

He called for unity in the ANC.

Good governance


In the last year, the region faced problems including the sit-in by disgruntled party members in the offices, infighting and allegations of nepotism in appointments in municipalities.

The regional leadership - chairperson Edward Dladla, secretary Super Zuma and treasurer Alpha Shelembe - have also been blamed for the near collapse of Msunduzi Municipality in 2010.

A intervention team and administrator were appointed to help the municipality.

Zikalala said focusing on good governance would send a positive message to the public on the ANC’s commitment to effective service delivery and clean governance.

- SAPA

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