Stop celebrating Polokwane – Mufamadi

2012-06-22 08:04

Former cabinet minister Sydney Mufamadi has said it was time for those who came into power in Polokwane in 2007 to stop celebrating.

“To those of us who think there was a victory achieved in Polokwane, the time has finally come to let the curtain fall on the victory celebration. You can’t celebrate forever,” he said.

“The time has come to contemplate how to better the movement.”

Mufamadi, who was addressing the ANC’s Liliesleaf Farm branch in Midrand last night, said he didn’t say this as someone who was bitter after being on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) for 16 years and lost the position in 2007.

Mufamadi took sides with former president Thabo Mbeki before Polokwane and resigned from cabinet in 2008 when Mbeki was ousted.
Mufamadi said the loss of direction “is one of the defining features of our political life”.

In what could be interpreted as a veiled attack on the current ANC leadership, Mufamadi said it would not be an “easy task” to get the party on the right path again, and those “not ready for the revolutionary task must abandon the stage”.

He slammed the ANC for not yet discussing the national development plan and diagnostic report “because we are too busy recalling each other”.

He also criticised those in the ANC who called the judiciary “counter-revolutionary”.

“This is exaggerated. The problem is if people who say this take themselves seriously, they are doomed to misread the direction of the historical process,” he said.

Calling the judiciary counter-revolutionary meant the judiciary had not taken the direction that was first contemplated, and “you say the judiciary is not our creation, and it is taking us in another direction”.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and deputy correctional services minister Ngoako Ramathlodi have slammed the judiciary recently and in the past.

Without mentioning names or the incident, Mufamadi slammed those who rallied around President Jacob Zuma about The Spear painting, which depicted Zuma in a heroic pose with genitals hanging out.

“It is nice to feel threatened because we all rally behind each other without differences. We have a bigger enemy,” he said.

Mufamadi also criticised the ANC’s policy discussion document on the second transition, saying it separated politics from economic transformation, something that was unheard of in the ANC’s history.

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