‘Ban members’ faces on T-shirts’

2012-06-19 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal wants to ban T-shirts with images of living ANC members, except those of the president of the ANC and comrades who have died. This is one of several proposals the 509 delegates from the province will be taking to the party’s national policy conference in Johannesburg next week.

KZN will call for the tightening of the rules for lobbying for positions within the party. It proposes that songs and paraphernalia, like T-shirts — either in favour of or denigrating a person — should be stopped. ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said they will propose that the face of the party should be that of the president of the party at the time. Branches or members found singing derogatory songs or donning T-shirts either in support of or denigrating another member must be disciplined.

A similar call was made in 2007 by the ANC just prior to the Polokwane conference, when the ANC warned delegates they could fuel tension by wearing T-shirts in support of or against individuals. The ANC in KZN, as part of the party’s organisational renewal wants those rules to become policy.

The party’s recent disciplinary hearing of former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has also prompted KZN to propose tightening ANC disciplinary processes. It has proposed that no member of the national executive committee (NEC) be allowed to represent a person who had been charged by the NEC. Zikalala said such a situation would give undue advantage to the person being disciplined. “The NEC member would have participated in the NEC discussions leading to the the charges that the individual faces,” he said.

The KZN ANC also does not want lawyers to represent members facing disciplinary charges. Zikalala said the use of lawyers could lead to the disciplinary process being derailed, delayed or reduced to technical legal processes. It could also mean that members with money, who could afford to hire lawyers, would be at an unfair advantage, compared to an ordinary member who did not have money.

“In the ANC all members facing disciplinary hearings must be represented by a member of good standing,” Zikalala said

A call from the KZN ANC that had a familiar ring was for an economic “Codesa”. United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has been calling for an economic convention since 2000. Holomisa yesterday welcomed the KZN proposal.

Zikalala said the province’s proposal was for a national convention on economic transformation that would come up with binding agreements to overhaul the economy. He said there were challenges that hindered progress, such as sections of the private sector that put profit before people.

Other proposals KZN will be taking to the policy conference are:

*A rejection of nationalisation of the mines, but for more strategic forms of state intervention;

* Greater efforts at mobilising the growing middle class to become supporters of the ANC;

* A reduction of the number of provinces and the scrapping of the Demarcation Board. Zikalala said there should be clear municipal and ward boundaries, which should not change because of submissions to the board;

* The declaration of teaching as an essential service to prevent teachers striking during critical periods;

* A review of the funding model for local government and the standardisation of councillor allowances across urban and rural areas.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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