Stop tribalism, says Limpopo ANC

2012-04-19 14:09
Polokwane - ANC leaders in Limpopo's Mopani region have drafted a document which urges the party to stop tribalism within its ranks and in government, according to a report on Thursday.

The document, which would be tabled at the ANC's provincial policy conference, analysed the causes and the consequences of tribalism, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The document said that the problem with "tribesmen" was that they did not like democracy, freedom or women's rights.

It said ANC members had a right to belong to a tribe but their tribal affiliations should not be brought into the party.

Mopani ANC regional secretary Bricks Mandzini told the newspaper that the party was a national movement and not a tribal movement and that tribalism was affecting innocent people in Limpopo.

According to the report, the document said some ANC leaders had gained positions of power because they had promised jobs to members of their tribe.

"It is difficult to channel their tribal energy into the national agenda because they are tightly preoccupied with tribal politics," the document read.

It said tenders were also awarded along tribal lines.

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