Zuma no super being – Mathale

2011-12-21 07:29

There are no “supreme members” in the ANC, not even President Jacob Zuma, the party’s Limpopo chairperson Cassel Mathale has said.

All ANC members were volunteers, including Zuma, Mathale said on the last day of the party’s Limpopo elective conference, held outside Polokwane.

“We should all appreciate (that) fact,” he said during his closing address. He was re-elected the party’s leader in the province, defeating Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla.

Mathale’s victory was seen as a boost to his and his close ally, suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s reported efforts to unseat Zuma as ANC president.

Yesterday, ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said the conference was not to be considered a foundation for the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December 2012. He criticised those within the party who occupied positions for personal gain, rather than to better the lives of the poor.

“It is very hard for some comrades to execute a political task without expecting any material gain. Comrades want to implement a political task with a personal gain in their hands.”

Mathale said the ANC continued to lose members who were not made councillors. Some caused division because they were not appointed to certain positions.

“We must never lose sight of the fact that we cannot all lead at the same time. This is a reality that we must not forget.”

Many had fought for the country’s liberation, without expecting favours. Instead they remained disciplined, honest and active in the organisation.

He called on members to support those who had been given a “political responsibility“, and not to raise dissatisfaction through the media or protests.

Phaahla said he would continue his work in the government and support the newly-elected leadership. Soon after Mathale was declared winner on Sunday, he said there were no hard feelings between them, and they would remain comrades. Mathale beat Phaahla by 601 votes to 519.

Some of Phaahla’s supporters left the conference after his defeat.

Mathale, who is also Limpopo premier, recently had five of his provincial government departments placed under administration following allegations of financial mismanagement.

His government had asked the Treasury to increase its overdraft facility by R1 billion so it could meet its obligations. He has since said he supported the intervention.

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