Premier slams ‘untouchables’ in ANC

2011-09-19 08:54

ANC members who considered themselves “untouchables” and did not toe the party line should leave, KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize has said.

According to The Times newspaper today, Mkhize – who is also an ANC national executive committee (NEC) member – launched a scathing attack over the weekend against members who viewed themselves as more important than the party.

“If you don’t want to be in the ANC, you are free to leave. We can’t be begging you. When you join the ANC you join as an individual and you agree to abide by its constitution.”

In what appeared to be a veiled attack on ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and others who face disciplinary hearings, Mkhize said: “When you go through internal processes of the ANC you don’t have to mobilise other people to support you.”

According to the newspaper, Mkhize, who was addressing a meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal shop stewards’ council in Durban, said the erosion of discipline among members was caused by money.

“We begin to see people who believe they are untouchables.”

He also welcomed the disciplinary hearings and urged tripartite alliance partners to help young people grow within the party and learn its values.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.