Mangaung clouds issue of the day

2011-10-10 15:16

No amount of populism should be allowed to distract the functioning of our government both on domestic and international affairs.

The issue of the Dalai Lama should not be used for political grandstanding by populist elements who are hellbent in ascending to top political leadership within the ruling party, Cabinet and society.

It must be noted that after Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s attack on the government, for what he alleged was a refusal by our government to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit him for his lavish party, the ANC issued a harmonising statement on this issue and generally called for calm.

On Wednesday, the department of international affairs issued a statement clarifying the debacle to the nation and international community.

On the other hand, I found it disturbing to learn that certain elements from the ANC national executive committee (NEC) and Cabinet went on national radio and to the media, portraying themselves as the voices of reason in the movement and Cabinet.

Where is the discipline and respect for organisational positions and decisions?

Tokyo Sexwale is the minister responsible for human settlements, not international affairs, but he comes out and undermines international affairs’ position on the matter.

My view is that he should be focusing on building houses for the back-yard dwellers in Kraaifontein and many other parts of the country.

Comrade Sexwale is an ANC NEC member and the ANC has issued a statement on the matter, but he responds to issues which are far from him.

He should understand what we in the movement call democratic centralism.

A disciplined cadre of the movement would wait for the right platform to raise his or her views.

The obsession over the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung next year will jeopardise the integrity of some lumpens in the movement, as they will seek opportunist sympathy at the expense of our movement.

» Ka-Ngqentsu is an ANC member and the SACP Brian Bunting district secretary (Cape Metro). He writes in his personal capacity

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