ANC rethinking cadre policy

2012-06-29 00:00

ANC LEADERS under criminal investigation will no longer be able to hide behind the “innocent until proven guilty” slogan.

At the party’s policy conference in Midrand, which ends today, the ANC decided that leaders would have to “step aside”, as ongoing investigations tarnished the ruling party’s image.

“We can’t have the ANC ducking and diving,” Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura toldjournalists.

Until now, officials being investigated simply stated they were innocent until a court found them guilty, and carried on with their official duties and received their government salaries.

The recommendation won’t affect KZN’s Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and legislature speaker and ANC provincial treasurer Peggy Nkonyeni, who are charged in the “Amigos trial” in relation to a R1 million “donation” paid by South American businessman Gaston Savoi to the ANC in 2007 in exchange for a government tender. This is because the policy will be ratified only at the national conference in Manguang in December.

Said Makhura: “This is a new phase. The party can’t act arbitrarily. It will call cadres immediately to establish the truth and act. But cadres themselves have an obligation to step aside while the matter is being cleared up and this does not mean they are guilty.”

The ANC’s cadre policy would be revamped so that the party deployed competent people in key positions. It had not trained its cadres in the past 18 years.

“We are not going to have in an ANC government people without the requisite skills. Not only do we need hard skills, but the right attitude and cadres with integrity.”

Makhura said the ANC was to pronounce the next 10 years “The Decade of the Cadre”.

In what appeared to be an attempt to do away with personality cults, the party affirmed the ANC was being lead by a collective leadership.

Makhura said the ANC was not an organisation of a single leader.

“We don’t talk of leader, we talk of leadership.”


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