Zuma urges West Cape ANC unity

2011-02-12 16:29

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday urged the ANC in the Western Cape to put unity ahead of individual leadership interests.

Addressing the ANC's much-postponed provincial conference, Zuma had harsh words for delegates, saying the meeting was taking place at a time when the party in the province was facing its most acute challenges.

In an apparent reference to the leadership battle between the factions of former provincial chair Mcebisi Skwatsha and Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Marius Fransman, Zuma said the most capable leader had to be democratically elected at the conference.

The problem in the Western Cape was that "we discuss the names" before the serious problems facing the ANC in the province, which was the actual purpose of such conferences.

Conferences could start problems if members did not understand their purpose and used them to deepen agendas of their own, manipulating the conference to "produce the wrong results", he said.

Discussion about the leadership had become the single most important issue and was taking precedence over discussion about the state of the ANC in the province and taking stock of this.

The conference was preoccupied with one thing only - voting for the leadership - instead of looking to the upcoming local government elections and the task of wresting power in the province from the Democratic Alliance.

Fighting itself

"That is a sickness that kills this organisation," he said.

The ANC in the Western Cape had been "fighting itself", giving other parties the opportunity to win elections as ANC supporters stood back because of the infighting.

"We have even failed as an opposition [to the DA] in the Western Cape."

The ANC did not have the time to be an effective opposition because "we are dealing with one another", Zuma said.

Support for the party in the province had drastically declined all over and new membership was growing very slowly.

This should be of concern to all serious ANC members, but the ANC in the province was spending more energy and time on one another.

The Western Cape was the only province in which the ANC was promoting internal differences.

Unity important

What was happening in the province threatened the ANC's core principle - the unity of the movement - thus weakening the party.

"This is a painful truth," he said.

The Western Cape ANC needed visionary and revolutionary leadership that understood the centrality of unity.

The task was to build the ANC to win the local government elections and then the province.

To achieve this, unity was of the utmost importance.

He called on the conference to open space for strengthening the ANC in the Western Cape.

Thus, it was important that the leadership emerging from the conference receive the unqualified support of all members, Zuma said.

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-12 16:45

    Only comment possible: LOL

      foitapoilet - 2011-02-13 09:17

      Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution, it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - this does not apply to anything to do with ANC

  • Perfume - 2011-02-12 16:53


      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-12 17:00

      That is why they want to get into heaven with their membership cards, they cannot stand the cold in hell. And by the way, I did see a pig fly yesterday so maybe they can now win the western cape again. DA is going to clean their clock at the polls once again, and possibly in another province as well now. At least in the western cape we know we get value for money in service delivery and no corrupt leadership. Go Zille, you keep it up and we will continue to support you.

      Perfume - 2011-02-12 17:17

      They are fighting so hard to get their stinking paws on the WC....I dont think the people that support Ms Zille would give it up that easy, the ANC aint got a chance in hell

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-12 16:53

    The ANC only understand the word POWER. There is no Pedi word for unity!

  • barneyk70 - 2011-02-12 16:56

    dear mr president and ANC in the Western Cape the people of the WC had a ANC goverment in the Cape but fail the poeple.The capetonians will not easily vote for the ANC for the following reasons.The ANC sideline the coloured community in all sectors. one coloured leader will be window dressing and we can see right through it.Give the coloureds and the other minority groups a equal chance but if ANC win WC blacks will take already frigile workforce and destroy it like the rest of South Africa. The defence and police have become laughing stock and other races are push out at alarming will only open your eyes if this two organistions are govern to the ground.It is not far from there.The summary of everything is if you sideline abovemention groups you demeed to fail in the WC.

  • VM1 - 2011-02-12 16:58

    Khuluma - silalele Msholozi

      Perfume - 2011-02-12 17:24

      hmmmmm VM1...he will continue speaking and you will continue listening to what..the WC will never and I mean never belong to the ANC

      lmduplessis - 2011-02-12 18:58

      Zuma calls for Unity in the WC ANC, the rest of the WC just LOLs in response.

      roadvark - 2011-02-12 20:03

      hahaha the sheep are getting out of control

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-02-12 17:17

    You think they will win another province?

      burtfred - 2011-02-12 17:45

      Helen Zille recently said that if all the people in Gauteng that voted DA in the last general election were to vote DA again in the coming Municipal election, the DA could win in Gauteng. Imagine that - no more tender corruption, no more potholes, no more jobs for useless pals, decent and genuine service delivery; just as it is in Cape Town. So all you disgruntled toyi-toying voters, you know what you have to do - vote for the DA

  • burtfred - 2011-02-12 17:25

    Zuma, your racist and corrupt party should be looking over their shoulders not only in Western Cape, but in other provinces too. The reason you were elected leader is because you are Zulu and the Zulu tribe is the biggest single grouping in SA. You would not have been chosen as leader at Polokwane if you were "coloured", Sotho, Tswana, Chinese, "Indian" or "White". No amount of unity talk from you is going to change the fact that the ANC is a party for "blacks". That is why you and your nomenklatura perpetuate the racist talk of "our people". Even though you are a so-called "black" person, the DA would welcome you as a member as long as you forgo racism, cronyism, corruption, tribalism and all the other evils that your party practices.

      roadvark - 2011-02-12 20:05

      I agree. The ANC is just the Black African Party, not the Peoples Party anymore.

  • Bill - 2011-02-12 17:52

    Mr. Zuma, I despair about your despicable hypocrisy. You and your party have no interest whatsoever in the well-being of the people of South Africa; you are only interested in power. You and the ANC have failed all South Africans miserably; and then you have the gall to say that legacy of apartheid cannot be wiped out in 17 years; in 17 years the country has only gone backwards; you only have to look at most government departments, at most state owned enterprises, at most municipalities, etc. and to think that some of us put our freedom and our lives at risk for this so-called democracy! And then we still voted for your party as well. The ANC is a disgrace to the term democracy and to the concept of human rights. May God give that your power is eroded in other provinces as well and that you and your incompetent government will be swept from power. May all South Africans irrespective of color, black, white, indian and coloured who uphold the principle of a non-racial democratic society in which respect for the individual and his/her rights are paramount and in which the rule of law is upheld and in which services for which we pay taxes are competently delivered, vote intelligently and against you and your incompetent government. As much as apartheid made South Africa the pariah of the world, you and your government have made us the laughingstock of the stop concerning yourself with the WC.Focus on what you are paid for: serving the people!!

  • Perfume - 2011-02-12 18:19

    If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over....and that day Zums is a long way from now, remember heaven and hell dont agree, so why step down from heaven to lay claim on the souls in hell lol~~~~

  • jody - 2011-02-12 19:57

    the coloureds were and never will be recognized, that's why i'll never vote ANC, Viva Zille, Viva...

      roadvark - 2011-02-12 20:13

      Problem is all minorities are sidelined now, Indian, White and Coloured. The Coloureds had a raw deal under apartheid and things haven't got much better under African National Corruption for them either.

      Perfume - 2011-02-12 21:50

      @roadvark, I dont think the Coloureds were expecting things to get easy under the rulership of the ANC, and for that they will never be blind sheep that follow every bleating

      roadvark - 2011-02-13 06:21

      There was a lot of expectation that that we would have a multiracial society that would not discriminate after 1994, alas it hasn't happened. BTW I don't underestimate the Coloureds at all. They are as good as any in SA.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-12 19:58

    Does anybody think these guys are interested in anything but the money and the "perks" ?

      roadvark - 2011-02-12 20:24

      They are interested in total power and it irks them that there is one province not under their control. In addition to that it shows their mediocrity and poor governance up in the other provinces.

  • Louis - 2011-02-12 20:20

    Come and live in the Western Cape and see how happy the people are with the DA then you will see why the ANC fails here.

  • exocist - 2011-02-12 20:24

    to all south africans, take a leaf out of patricia de lille's book, put aside your ego's for the good of your country and vote D.A. FOR A BETTER WAY, we could be in for a surprise come elections, watch this space

  • halo1472 - 2011-02-12 21:11

    can he come and lecture to the faction riddled infighting North West ANC too (for what its worth). lucas mangope did a better job here, and thats saying something

  • - 2011-02-12 21:49

    A win in the WC for the ANC will destroy the work of the DA as the provincial government. No other province run by the ANC can be compared with the WC. We will vote against corruption, fraud, nepotism.

  • Allieo - 2011-02-12 22:16

    Problem is they become power hungry,in the ANC once you are elected the next step is to protect your position, not to start serving the people. This is SO tribal.......

  • slate86 - 2011-02-13 01:57

    "The Western Cape ANC needed visionary and revolutionary leadership that understood the centrality of unity" The ANC fails in the Western Cape, because they refuse to understand/accept the demographics/dynamics of the province. They try everytime to throw their homogenous African-Nationalist blanket over a region where 70% of the population is Coloured and white - African Nationalism is as off-putting to this part of the country as white political leaders are to the majority-African population in the north. In the W-Cape we trust good service delivery and leadership, regardless of race, but we have no time for African Nationalism shoved down our throats. The bigots have to realise that they're dealing with a dynamic cosmopolitan educated group of regionally proud people. We don't trust them.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-02-13 10:29

    The ANC obsession with "taking back the WC" is the clearest indication that they do not have the best interests of the electorate at heart. Why on earth would anybody choose to remove an effective government and replace it with a party that is proven to be incapable of delivering good governance? The DA is showing us all how things can be done, and should be done. It is my fervent hope that they will gain control of at least one more province, to gradually return this beautiful country to the fold of accountable governance.

  • Sizwe - 2011-02-13 10:42

    "The problem....was that "we discuss the names" before the serious problems facing the ANC...". I respectfully submitt you would not have had a snow ball's chance in hell of being the President were that not the case...

  • Selwyn - 2011-02-14 09:33

    Zille for PRESIDENT!!! A real president who cares for her country and it's people!

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