Mbalula: Leaders must be politically mature

2012-02-23 12:37
Johannesburg - The leaders of the ANC should be chosen based on political maturity, ANC executive committee member Fikile Mbalula said on Thursday.

The debate around the 'generational mix' should also not be understood solely on the basis of a candidate's age, Mbalula wrote in a column published in The Sowetan newspaper.

"... [W]hen the leadership of each generation takes over, it should be based on having achieved high levels of political maturity and intellectual zest arising from long years of service in the various structures of the movement."

Writing in his personal capacity, Mbalula said that over and above this, the African National Congress leadership should be appointed against a backdrop of the challenges facing the party.

These included adequately addressing poverty, unemployment, education and health.

‘New chapter for the ANC’


He said ANC elders needed to be praised for their contribution to the struggle, which had led to the healing years.

"But now that the healing period should be considered to have been given its chance, one can argue that we have to open a new chapter in the new century of the ANC that the period will be defined by radical transformation."

Leadership was also a dynamic concept that should be debated only at congress level, such as at the Mangaung elective conference later this year.

"The question has to be asked whether in their current form the structures of the ANC allow for smooth changes in leadership."

Mbalula said the generational mix issue had been manipulated by some to advance their own agenda.
"The reality is that even the comrades who deny the validity of the principle of generational mix are themselves beneficiaries of it.

"A mature response... should be one that sets aside the names that have been presented and looks at the merit... as a genuine attempt to use principles for electing the leaders at the next congress.

"We should not devour principle because of political expediency," said Mbalula.

ANCYL wants Zuma replaced

ANC branches start nominating candidates for all the party's national executive committee positions in October.

Mbalula, who is sports minister, is the ANC Youth League's favourite to replace Gwede Mantashe as ANC secretary general.

The ANCYL has made it clear that it also wants President Jacob Zuma replaced with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Mbalula said the fact that traditionally outgoing leaders were replaced by their second in command might not be healthy for the party.

"Should it always follow that because you are deputy president you automatically qualify as a candidate for president?

"Should the organisation not be smart enough and act in ways that remove these obvious expectations?" Mbalula asked.
- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  ancyl  |  fikile mbalula  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
40 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.