Gauteng wants debate opened

2012-05-19 18:28

ANC branches in Gauteng are unhappy that KwaZulu-Natal has not been censured openly for nominating President Jacob Zuma for re-election, whereas other provinces remain tight-lipped about the succession debate.

This comes after eThekwini, the biggest ANC region in the nation, announced it would nominate Zuma when the process officially opens in September for the party elective conference in Mangaung, Free State, in December.

Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura said branches were “unhappy that others were discussing” leadership succession but “were not called to order”.

“It’s like their hands are being tied when others are set free. That’s what the unhappiness is about. Especially this thing of discussing and making public pronouncements,” Makhura said.

There is talk that some Gauteng branches want the leadership discussion debate to be opened sooner, but the provincial leadership has denied this.

Makhura said some branches were saying the governing ANC would lose control if it failed to address poverty, unequal wealth distribution and unemployment.

Gauteng branches were wrapping up policy discussions this week in preparation for the ANC national policy conference next month.

Although these discussion were not about leadership, some branches were unhappy that the issue was coming up in discussion.

The delegates from the Tshwane central branch have expressed concern that Tshwane mayor Sputla Ramokgopa mentioned the matter of Zuma’s multiple marriages during policy discussion, which they interpreted to mean that he was suggesting Zuma was not fit to lead the party.

A branch leader who attended the policy discussions at the Pretoria city hall last Sunday told City Press that Ramokgopa had been critical of Zuma.

“He said the president was marrying a fifth wife and said we must not be afraid to talk openly about these things,” said the branch leader.

Two other Tshwane branch leaders confirmed this and felt that it amounted to an unwarranted attack on the president.

But Ramokgopa has dismissed the claims, saying he was merely warning branches not to be influenced by what people were saying about Zuma’s leadership abilities.

“People are trying to say the president is marrying for the fifth time (and) as a result of that he is not fit to lead the ANC.

“I said that we are not going to be swayed or influenced by what people say outside the ANC. It’s us who will make that determination.

“That the president is marrying for the sixth or the seventh time doesn’t speak to his leadership abilities, so that’s the context. There is a public discourse that’s trying to say the president is marrying for the fifth or sixth time, therefore he can’t be supported,” he said.

Ramokgopa said he had warned the branches not to be influenced wrongly as only ANC members would assess the leadership abilities of current party leaders.

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