Limpopo rejects Zuma

2012-09-18 06:41

The Limpopo ANC leadership has officially endorsed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as its preferred candidate for ANC president in Mangaung.

The provincial executive committee, which is chaired by Premier Cassel Mathale, met yesterday to propose the names the province would endorse when the ANC leadership succession contest opens at the beginning of next month.

In a statement last night, provincial ANC spokesperson Makonde Mathivha said other nominees were: Tokyo Sexwale for deputy president, Fikile Mbalula for secretary-general, Thandi Modise for deputy secretary-general, Mathews Phosa for treasurer-general, and Thenjiwe Mtintso for national chairperson.

Limpopo is the only province so far to officially nominate its preferred leaders.

However, its rejection of President Jacob Zuma is not surprising as it has been at odds with his national government for a while.

In December last year, Zuma’s government put half of the Limpopo government under administration after the province went through a crippling financial crunch.

The province is also the political base for expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema who has been a pain in Zuma’s side over the past few months.

Malema was forced to relinquish his position in the provincial leadership when his expulsion became effective a few months ago.

However, it remains to be seen whether the branches in the province would go with their leaders’ choice of a candidate.

Mathivha said an audit of qualifying branches had been completed, and that branches would hold branch general meetings where they would nominate their candidates for leadership for Mangaung.

The provincial ANC leadership has released a discussion document where it sets out the kind of leadership it wants for the ANC.

It says the party needs a leadership that will not use state power for factional purposes, a veiled swipe at Zuma.

One of the criteria is that the leaders the party elects should help build a developmental state.

“This means we need an ANC leadership, which is not captured by narrow business interests for narrow personal economic interests, and capable of appointing competent and professional, yet revolutionary state bureaucrats.

“It does not mean however that the leadership should not have relations with business, and foster the building of developmentalist capitalist class which diversifies the South African industrial structure through engaging in manufacturing of consumer and capital (i.e. machinery) goods.  On the contrary, the ANC must elect a leadership capable of building a patriotic bourgeoisie, which is not an appendix of white monopoly capital,” says the document.

The document accuses the Zuma’s leadership of clamping down on dissent inside and outside the party which it sees as “counter-revolutionary”.

“In the current phase, the ANC needs a leadership that tolerates revolutionary dissent and political differences, including from its leagues. In other words, the leadership does not have to agree with or like the different views, but it must create a conducive environment for different views to be discussed and debated without fear of being disciplined. In instances where discipline has to be enforced; leadership has to do so consistently,” it says.

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