The people who hold the power: Tony Rachoene

2012-11-24 12:05

Rachoene was just 12 when he joined the ANC and he remains a committed member of what he calls “the whole ANC family”.

Rachoene (25) is a member of the party’s Malema branch in Ga-Mphahlele, which falls under the Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality. He’s on the branch’s executive committee.

He joined the ANC in 1999 because he was impressed by the party’s “main purpose”, to “make sure people get better services”.

He says: “I wanted to be part of those people helping (to deliver) better services. I like the ANC, its culture and its integrity.”

He works as a clerk for the provincial department of health in Polokwane.

Rachoene will be backing President Jacob Zuma for a second term when the party goes to Mangaung in three weeks’ time, and says he’ll back Kgalema Motlanthe as deputy president only if Motlanthe doesn’t contest Zuma.

If Motlanthe goes for the top job, Rachoene will back Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president.

There’s some continuity in his dream top six – he believes Gwede Mantashe and Baleka Mbete should retain their positions – but there are some new faces, too.

“I will support Dr Zweli Mkhize for treasurer and Jessie Duarte for deputy secretary.”

He hasn’t yet decided how to get to Bloemfontein for the Mangaung conference, but is clear about what issues must be debated there: “unemployment, tenderpreneurship and the youth wage subsidy”.

What Rachoene wants to come out of Mangaung are “unity and stability in the party”.

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