ANC should avoid ‘permanent disciplinary mode’ – Makhura

2012-04-10 13:26

If the ANC doesn’t educate its members it could end up in “permanent disciplinary mode”, Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura has warned.

Makhura and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula briefed journalists on the ANC’s organisational renewal discussion document that was released today at Luthuli House.

Makhura said the document suggests ways to deal with the problems that arose since the party came to power 18 years ago, but he admitted “it doesn’t deal enough with how to stop factionalism”.

His remarks came two days before ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is due to appeal his expulsion from the party.

Malema was ordered to undergo political education following his disciplinary hearing in 2010, but he was hauled over the coals again for the same offence just over a year later.

Answering questions from journalists about the ANC’s position on court action against the party, Makhura said it shouldn’t be used to settle internal party disputes.

Mbalula, however, said people who are disciplined should feel there had been fairness “and that they can appear in a disciplinary and that there is recourse”.

He likened it to the justice system where, if you are unhappy about the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, you go to Braamfontein, where the Constitutional Court is.

He said, however, a disciplinary hearing should only be a last resort. Elders should first try to talk to the member in question.

Makhura said there should be an “education revolution” and members deployed by the party should be schooled in the skills required to transform the country.

“We are going to deploy more trained cadres, not less. The DA doesn’t call it ‘cadre policy’ but they are doing it, employing people who will carry out their objectives and policy,” he said.

“We are entering a phase of an education revolution. We want ANC young people to learn the skills we need to transform society.”

The organisational renewal document proposes that there should be a six-month probation period for joining the party, rather than the current eight weeks.

The document also proposes ways for the party to deal with corrupt members, ways for the party to function, even if in opposition, as well as closer cooperation with NGOs.

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