Mashatile backs succession debate

2011-06-25 18:27

ANC Gauteng chairperson and Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has thrown his weight behind the ANC Youth League’s call to the ruling party to open the succession debate.

“ANC structures must not be restricted. It is not right. Everyone is talking about the succession, but we are not allowed to do so in the party,” said Mashatile on the sidelines of the ANC’s provincial general council yesterday.

Mashatile said the opening of the succession debate must not be left untilit was too late as was the case before the eventful Polokwane conference in 2007.

“This must be a disciplined debate on the calibre of cadres who must lead the ANC. We cannot make the same mistake we made in the run-up to the Polokwane conference of tailing ­behind everybody.”

The ANC national executive committee, the highest decision-making body between conferences, has barred ANC members from entering into premature talks about leadership choices for the Mangaung conference next year.

But the league at its congress resolved that the mother body should open the debate because “putting time frames of the leadership question disadvantages members and structures of the ANC to honestly reflect on the kind of leadership needed to lead the ANC post 100 years of its existence”.

The youth league’s preference is that current Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula take over as ANC secretary­-general at the party’s elective conference next year – a move opposed by the party’s alliance partners, labour federation ­Cosatu and the SA Communist Party.

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