ANC Lekgotla kicks off

2010-01-15 14:49

The ANC’s top leadership kicked off a closed meeting in

Johannesburg on Friday, side-stepping any suggestions that it might turn into a

heated alliance-partner debate.

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu shrugged off assertions that the

weekend talks were likely to be tense between officials of the ANC, the SA

Communist Party and Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).

“What might be heated might be the bilaterals, when we talk about

how we relate to one another,” he said.

Mthembu was referring to an upcoming bilateral meeting between the

ANC and the SACP, during which the booing of ANC Youth League leader Julius

Malema by SACP members is likely to be discussed.

He was unable to say when the bilateral meeting would take


The ANC national executive committee (NEC) would focus on taking

forward President Jacob Zuma’s anniversary statement, delivered in Kimberley

last weekend.

The talks in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, would include the

“need for cohesion” in the alliance which Zuma stressed in his address.

“Without singling out that issue, the entire January 8 statement

will be up for discussion. The president did stress the need for cohesion,” ANC

spokesperson Brian Sokutu said earlier this week.

Zuma conceded in his anniversary address that more needed to be

done to boost relations.

“We consult each other and work together on key issues and

programmes that affect our people. However, much more needs to be done to

improve the alliance relations at national and sub-national levels,” he


The party’s top brass would be in attendance, with the alliance

leadership and government representatives joining the talks tomorrow.

“We will have directors-general and ministers who are not members

of the ANC NEC in attendance,” Mthembu said.

The meeting would precede an upcoming Cabinet lekgotla.

Participants would mull local government problems after Zuma

highlighted the issue in his roadmap for 2010.

Cosatu affiliate the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) this week

expressed its disappointment over comments made by Zuma regarding local


The president said municipal workers should not hold leadership

positions in political parties. The blurred political and administrative roles

hampered delivery at local level, he said.

Samwu saw this as an attempt “to depoliticise and deunionise” the

public service.

It said it would discuss the matter with the ANC’s leadership,

offering it an opportunity to “clarify or apologise” for Zuma’s comments.

Samwu president Sam Molope said the union had taken the matter up

with Cosatu, whose national office bearers would raise it with the ANC

leadership over the weekend.

A briefing would be held after the three-day lekgotla, which is

closed to the media.

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