The people who hold the power: Linda Ndoko

2012-11-24 11:52

Ndoko’s ANC branch wants the party’s current leadership to be retained when delegates at the Mangaung conference get down to voting.

There’s just one point on which the Eastern Cape branch, in Ntabankulu’s ward 10, is willing to budge: it will drop its nomination of Kgalema Motlanthe for deputy president if he decides to go up against Jacob Zuma for the ANC presidency.

The 33-year old Ndoko is both the branch and sub-regional secretary. His branch, he says, has bigger things to worry about than leadership: mostly, its members are concerned about the need to combat poverty and unemployment in his rural town.

He says the branch also wants to see a more equitable funding model for municipalities, rather than one that gives more money to municipalities with bigger populations.

The current model discourages development, he says, because educated people leave rural towns in droves for better-paying jobs in the cities.

Ndoko, who works as an intergovernmental relations manager at the Alfred Nzo district municipality in Mount Ayliff, has been a member of the ANC since 1997.

He first joined the party’s Youth League in 1993 when he became aware of the ANC’s role in South African history.

“I am still active in the ANC because of its history. The ANC is still the only organisation with the agenda to liberate African people, and bring peace and development in Africa and globally.”

Ndoko hopes that Mangaung will result in the election of men and women who can lead the organisation well.

“My hope is that the conference would be better than the previous one so that people don’t break away to start another organisation. We have to continue with the ANC’s agenda,” he says.

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