Be careful of electing an Idi Amin – Phosa

2012-09-27 07:37

ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has warned ANC members against electing an  “Idi Amin”.

Addressing over 100 guests at the Peter Mokaba gala dinner in Polokwane, Limpopo, last night, Phosa said: “We once asked a Ugandan, how do you have an Idi

Amin? He said, one day you will have one too,” in reference to the

Ugandan warlord.

Phosa also said none of the ANC national executive committee

leaders must be guaranteed a second term without carefully scrutiny by

branches of the ruling party.

He called for economic freedom and warned that the ANC and government had to “wake up” to the tragedy of Marikana.

“If we don’t wake up to Marikana, there will be more Marikanas,” said Phosa who called for mineworkers to be given shares in the mines they work for to level the wage playing field between mine managers and mineworkers.

“We are at a crossroads as a country ... we must choose the road to economic freedom,” said Phosa, in an apparent reference to the economic freedom fight waged by Malema and the Friends of the Youth League.

On the issue of a second term, he said: “When you’ve elected someone who’s not a good leader for the ANC, you’ve elected someone who’s a bad leader for the country.

“If we haven’t delivered on the Polokwane mandate, give us our marching orders. None of us must be promised a second term. Each leader must be assessed individually,” said Phosa.

Both Phosa and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale also used the fundraising dinner at the Meropa Casino to defend the embattled former ANCYL leader who has been charged with money laundering.

Earlier in the evening Mathale, who has kept his distance from Malema since his expulsion, told guests that people should not be hypnotised by Mangaung.

Mathale said people hated Malema “but don’t hate the man, play the ball,” he said, adding that Malema would prevail despite the charge against him.

Over R1.4 million was raised at the event for the construction of the Peter Mokaba House branch offices.

The guests, made up of councillors, mayors, municipal and government officials and members of the Peter Mokaba branch in Polokwane took turns to make pledges of between R10 000 and R100 000 to the ANC local office.

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