Motlanthe bids farewell to ANC

2012-12-18 19:22
Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: AFP)

Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mangaung - Outgoing ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe delivered an unscheduled message to the 53rd national conference of the ANC in Mangaung on Tuesday evening, bidding farewell as an official after serving in the top six for 15 years.

In another surprise move, Motlanthe declined nomination as an additional member of the ANC national executive committee (NEC), signalling a complete withdrawal from the ANC leadership.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party was not aware that Motlanthe was planning to decline nomination to the NEC.

"It was between him and the electoral commission," he said.

Motlanthe received rousing applause and a standing ovation as he took to the podium to make the address in which he congratulated and wished the newly elected leadership well.

He repeated the sentiments of President Jacob Zuma earlier in the day when he asked the ANC to recover from the divisions besieging the organisation and unite behind the new leaders.

"I wish you strength and wisdom in uniting ANC and its leagues, the alliance and most important of all, all South Africans," Motlanthe said. 

"One thing alone needs to be said: the ANC is the epitome of democracy and so we must continue to champion democracy in our country and the world over," Motlanthe, still the country’s deputy president, said.

He said the ANC should continue to lead in deracialising and eliminating sexism.

We must continue to sharpen our ability to hear the cries of our people... attending to the economic challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty, utilising the mandate given to us by our people.”

He said the ANC should address these challenges with full confidence in its leaders.

"They will outdo themselves. Our leaders were elected by the entire leadership of the ANC. And so as we continue with our deliberations in the commissions, keep that in mind, doing this work under the watch and guidance of a very capable leadership we have elected," Motlanthe said.

Motlanthe thanked the new officials of the ANC for allowing him to bid farewell to the ANC, particularly Zuma who allowed Motlanthe to speak after him in a departure of ANC protocol. 

"I feel very privileged. Thank you, you have done us proud," Motlanthe said, before leaving the stage to loud cheers.

When the electoral commission began announcing names for the NEC, conference was informed that Motlanthe had declined nomination as an additional member.

This means Motlanthe is effectively retiring from the leadership of the ANC. It is not yet known whether this has implications for his position in government.

Read more on:    anc  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  jackson mthembu  |  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
141 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...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.