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Character of ANC cannot change: Magashule

2011-09-02 19:30

Bloemfontein - The ANC's character should not change when it came to discipline and how members conducted themselves, its Free State chairperson Ace Magashule said on Friday.

"Leaders come and go, but the ANC will remain because the character of the ANC does not change," Magashule said at a Free State ANC centenary celebration in Bloemfontein.

"We do not interfere in other countries such as Zimbabwe, Libya, Botswana, Palestine or Israel," said Magashule.

He said the ANC's policy of not interfering in other countries' business had not changed and the rest of the world respected South Africa for that.

"The affairs lie with that country and solutions must be found by its own people," said Magashule.

He raised concerns over the ANC of "today" and said no party could function when its branches' decisions on issues like succession differed from those of its national general council.

Simple ANC discipline

"The subject of discipline to the ANC is very important: Simple ANC discipline."

Magashule said it should never be forgotten that the country’s freedom was not won by its leaders but by the simple, ordinary masses.

He urged the new leaders within the ANC to read the ANC’s documents because these documents would "remain" even after they had passed.

The ANC plans to hold its centenary celebrations in the Free State in 2012. The party was founded in Bloemfontein.

A local party spokesperson said the centenary celebrations would take place in three phases.

Friday’s event by the provincial ANC structures involved speeches and talks on the party's history and experiences of veterans of earlier years. It formed part of the pre-celebration phase.

The actual centenary celebrations start with the January 8 rally to be held in Mangaung.

A large number of the ANC's international friends and allies from Africa and the world were expected to attend.

Comments
  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-09-02 19:36

    Malema dominates everyone and forces his will down on everyone else.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-02 19:43

    Damn right it cannot change, hopefully the cooruption and incompetance of today, is not part of that character.

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-02 19:44

    Have you forgotten about the invasion of Lesotho in 1998, you Acehole?

      Lunguza - 2011-09-02 20:07

      Get your facts right BigMoose, it was Gatsha Buthelezi!!! He was a stand in President for a very short while and did that mess.

      Spyker May - 2011-09-02 21:05

      Lunguza - you are slightly more correct in this specific case, HOWEVER with the greatest respect to "Acehole" he IS in fact selectively lying, in broader terms. As much as I want to forgive Mr Magashule for his somewhat massaged version of the truth - as I understand- and in fact on that account, agree with what he is ultimately trying to do. Ie - if the ANC wants to survive for another 10 years, let alone 50- or a 100, then it WILL have to return and/or gain massive amounts of DISCIPLINE. In that regard, he is 100% correct - the ANC is at a juncture, it is either DISCIPLINE or DEATH. As far as his claim that the "...ANC's policy of not interfering in other countries' business..." is utter B.S. in bib massive fetid capital letters. The ANC poked its nose in almost every African country south of the equator. On that matter, I have to say, the ANCYL has a point - the ANC has a rich history of pocking its nose in everybody's business. If you care to put on some parallel thinking caps: Few people know and/or care to.., the ANC started off as a movement specifically with the aim to get a separate homeland for black people. So it is an emphatic fallacy that the 'homelands' was the bane of Apartheid. If you as such then care to consider the ice cold clinical fact/s of it all - the ANC's entire 'freedom struggle' was in fact "interfering in another country'. HISTORY, SHE IS A B1TCH BRO, EVEN MORE SO THAN LIFE...

  • Peter - 2011-09-02 20:02

    Well in tonights news it looks like ancyl don't want to only change it they want to make the country ungovernable. They have spilt the beans.

  • veld66 - 2011-09-02 20:18

    Our fellow South Africans who retreat behind closed doors & high walls and start to engage in sadly racist propaganda via the internet blogs like news24. I think you are the people to blame for the rise of this thug Julius Malema,,,when one reads some comments here you have no option, but think Malema is very relevant and he fights for Black people against White far-rights and blatant racist. South African white people should show respect to black people so that people like Malema become irrelevant.

      Komasa - 2011-09-02 20:36

      @veld66 JM has publicaly stood up and ridiculed the ANC constitution in front of the corporate media, knowing well how they interpret what one says. To rectify what he has said he has called for another media conference and has put his foot in his mouth again. It is because of this behaviour that the white stereotypes now brand all blacks as the same 'uneducated morons'. I also get upset with the racist derogorary terms used on news24 and when you point out their infidelities you get a string of abusive comments. My point is we need role models who stand up and show us for what we are and not some racist white perception.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-02 20:37

      We do show a lot of respect to our fellow citizens who are black - especially those who do not behave like or believe in the claptrap that Malema advocates! There are many black citizens in SA who are not very supportive of Malema and/or the corruption prevalent in the current predatory government, their deployed cadres and their families. Those 'bad apples' like Malema and his supporters are actually in the minority - most of the youth are not members of the 'roof leak', nor do they support corruption, looting and other dishonesty. Yes, we hide behind our high walls to be able to live a proper life in a modicum of security and sanity to protect ourselves from that minority!

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-02 20:39

      In addition, in the community where I live, at least 50% are black citizens who have also chosen to live behind high walls, otherwise everything they have ever worked for and achieved would just be looted!

      Komasa - 2011-09-02 20:55

      @Phaedioux you live in the suburbs which is perceived to be a high value area for those who need a quick buck. In the suburbs there is no community support, you wave at your neighbor from a distance and that is as much you know about him. In the township it is different we know everyone's business and we know who the 'skelms' are in our area so we protect each others interests. When someone breaks into your house in your area it not because of your race it is because that is where the money is.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-02 21:09

      @Komasa - what you say has some merit, except our community is very sopportive of each other and we all contribute in some way to ensure mutual protection and support. Who do you suggest it might be that is after the 'quick buck' that you mention? - they (those caught for various crimes committed) certainly have not proved to be locals and have been found to be very well equipped with transport and other tools to ply 'their trade'. Also, none of them are called Smith, or Labuschagne!

      Komasa - 2011-09-02 21:17

      I am not saying they are not black, what I am saying is that those who steal because they are hungry are in the minority, they normally steal in the township, it is those who need to support a lifestyle that come to the suburbs. So organise yourselves, like we do, and either keep them out or catch them and deal with them.

  • sefeddt - 2011-09-02 20:29

    "We do not interfere in other countries such as Zimbabwe, Libya, Botswana, Palestine or Israel," said Magashule" Does Zuma know that, he is peeved he did not get a chance to interfere in Libya

  • Sinudeity - 2011-09-02 20:40

    Ace, wasnt he the dude who took bribes from a casino? Funny how corruption never features in these 'disciplinary' hearings.

  • W Mukori - 2011-09-02 20:41

    Can not believe that anyone could come up with such feeble excuses as Malema did. The very fact that the ANC leadership is clearly struggling to deal with such a brain dead person speaks volumes about the men and women ruling SA!

  • Phaedioux - 2011-09-02 20:48

    It would be wonderful if the ANC could return to its original noble intentions! This has to be strived for, either from within the party, or from without through the election process. Whatever happens, the current nature of the ANC and the attendant corruption and self aggrandissement of its officials and cadre deployees has to be got rid of!

      R.Suppards - 2011-09-02 21:03

      Phaedioux, The ANC of today would be an intelectual force to be respected, IF the mother body the ANC proper had insisted that the underprivileged children of the townships had been educated properly. There WAS enough money, what was lacking was the political will to prevent corruption and to ensure that SADTU and the Education Ministry did their bloody jobs.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-02 20:52

    Yip,corrupt,incompetent,racist -- always part of the ANC & Juju's animal farm

  • steve - 2011-09-02 20:53

    They gave this dude too much respect from the begining, therefore they created ANC suicide and now everyone is running scared, Hitler did the same but this is Africa should he ever come to power all the pillars of power will come tumbling down around him.

  • AceOfSpades - 2011-09-02 20:57

    "We do not interfere in other countries" Well that explains "quiet diplomacy". But what use are they in the AU? They are just wasting tax money.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-02 21:17

      I wonder whatever happened to the Pan African Parliament? They elected each other and a huge fortune was spent to provide accommodation in Midrand, but nothing appears to have ever happened! Nothing constructive has ever been achieved either! Was this just another way of rewarding incompetent cadres?

  • John Paul - 2011-09-02 22:34

    The A Abortion N Murder C Genocide will not change because it is controlled by the South African Communist Party. Ignorant, Incompetent, Negligence, Criminal, Murderers, Genociders. Doing Evil on Earth.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-02 22:35

    Ace, think before you open your filthy trap...as mass stupidity spills out.

      leonard - 2011-09-03 07:26

      @Verdade I think ace was on the good stuff plus blue label when he said that SA does not interfer in other countries.As for the rest,I agree with you.

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