ANC: Media exaggerates our problems

2011-05-04 14:22

Johannesburg - The media has exaggerated problems with the nomination of ANC candidates for the May 18 local government elections, the ANC in Gauteng said on Wednesday.

"The new approach to the list process, especially community involvement, has not received a fair assessment by the media," provincial secretary David Makhura told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Few instances of disgruntlement in some provinces are presented as the 'chaos of the ANC list process'."

Makhura said the problem did not hit Gauteng as hard as it had other parts of the country.

"The democratic nature of the list process has not stopped those who lost to try and organise a section of their supporters to protest against candidates who were legitimately nominated."

Independent candidates

There was also "nothing unusual" about disgruntled ANC members contesting independently.

"We have been going to different communities to clarify confusion and lies spread by those few in our branches who refuse to accept democracy," Makhura said.

"These elements stand no chance in winning any ward in ANC strongholds."

Protests erupted across the country over the nomination of ANC candidates - who were selected for the first time with community involvement.

President Jacob Zuma last month announced that a team would be set up to probe how popular candidates were removed from the ANC's candidate lists.

  • Jack - 2011-05-04 14:29

    There isn't an organisation on earth capable of exaggerating the problems within and caused by THE ANC fools. Just not possible!

      Felix - 2011-05-04 14:36

      Monty Python maybe?

      Jack - 2011-05-04 14:55

      From Monty Python's "Constitutional Peasant": King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king! Dennis: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony! King Arthur: Be quiet! Dennis: You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! King Arthur: Shut up! Dennis: I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor, just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away! King Arthur: Shut up! Will you shut up?! [Arthur grabs Dennis and shakes him.] Dennis: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!

      Michael - 2011-05-04 15:36

      Anyone that can give me Zuma's address? I need to send all the people on the side of the road over to his house so they can ask him for a job/food/clothing/money....

      Kishore Doodnath - 2011-05-05 07:09

      Remember this scene very well.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-06 13:08

      Then there echoed a loud voice, from the back, Jack - "...Anyone accusing others of 'EXAGGERATING the ANC’s problems', may as well persist with some of the greatest paradoxes known to man and by itself continue to advocate such physical impossibilities as, 'an ANC Minister of Intelligence’...".

  • Dave - 2011-05-04 14:35

    and the earth is flat what a chop

  • Kooven - 2011-05-04 14:39

    I think it's more of an understatement!!! Lol...When are they going to stop pointing fingers and start accepting the fact that they f***ed up! Wait, I bet apartheid is to blame for the media reporting your mishaps?lol

      Rapier - 2011-05-04 15:41

      @Kooven - we LOVE your logo...maybe a sign of things to come :-)

      Kooven - 2011-05-04 16:50

      Lol..thanks man. I'm promoting this election like crazy.. I'm getting ALL my family and friends excited about the up coming elections, so we can vote for a change. I think if we all do our part, it shouldn't be long before we have a proper government ;)

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-04 14:39

    Exaggerate? The media probably knows only 20% of what is really happening.

      neo_acheron - 2011-05-04 14:45

      No, no... The media is only allowed to publish 20% of whats really going on, or they'll be basteds and bloodee agents...

      World Traveler - 2011-05-04 16:48

      Is there a South African WikiLeaks?

  • DW - 2011-05-04 14:40

    Why bother to pretend to select with community involvement, only to impose your own choice in any case? The ANC has done themselves more damage than good by pretending to care what the people think. Why would protests erupt across the country over the nomination of ANC candidates if they got who they asked for in the first place. Typical ANC posturing.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-04 16:53

      True colours showing? Signs of totalitarianism!

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-05-04 14:42

    what worries me is what the media doesn't know about

  • GH - 2011-05-04 14:43

    another isolated incident

      sheep - 2011-05-04 16:06

      2007 in plk we took a resolution that MAT must be implemented as matter of greatest urgency, heads needs to roll in 2012 Manguang.

      E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 17:22

      @sheep: Isn't it terrible how anc's dignity is lost, as the media exposes their crap? Having a free media is just like, well having a shivambu in an open toilet, you know, all exposed, showing the world your malema. As we all know, we just can't have that!

      R.Suppards - 2011-05-04 22:23

      @E Nuff, If Jimmy had his way a nappy would be mandatory, no Shivambu, no Malema visible. EVERYTHING hidden except the STINK in decent people's nostrils!!

  • Skottie - 2011-05-04 14:46

    Grow up !!! You (ANC) and only you, are to blame for your own mistakes which are now not so easily swept under the carpet anymore as your own people, who YOU MISLEAD for the past 16 years, are starting to smell the coffee. Always the blame game ... time wises-up everyone and the times are now changing as the mislead people got wiser!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-04 17:07

      anc ... NOT ANC! Do not give them undeserved status with capital letters.

      E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 17:18

      and don't forget the youth league - the appropriately named ANCYL-biters!

  • jeremy - 2011-05-04 14:47

    It's a sure sign that a party or government is in decline when they start blaming the media for their problems. And the ANC is doing a lot of that recently. Today it was the ANC Gauteng spokesperson. Yesterday it was Jimmy Manyi - and previously it's been Gwede Mantashe and, of course Julius Malema. Not a good idea to attack the media if you do actually want good press coverage!!

  • anna - 2011-05-04 14:50

    No, the media is not exaggerating the ANC's problems (no need for that ...), they are merely stating the obvious. Zuma already sounds like a bad loser ...

  • Tenielle Parker - 2011-05-04 14:50

    Oh, Jacob Zuma, how you make me laugh. Nobody could make the ANC look any worse than it already already do that job perfectly yourself.

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-05-04 15:00

    At last the ANC have found a problem that they cannot blame on apartheid. So now it is the media's turn to be blamed. Has the ANC ever accepted responsibility for any of their mess-ups?

      Tenielle Parker - 2011-05-04 15:11

      Oh, didn't you know? Everything that's wrong with South Africa is because of apartheid and the evil white man.... What a crock.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-04 17:10

      Ban the wheel! It is a manifestation of the colonial past!

  • v3 - 2011-05-04 15:06

    ANC: whingeing again. When are they going to be positive?

  • rosemari - 2011-05-04 15:09

    ANC you are the problem and you cause you own problems so dont blame the media, if it not the media then its the apartheid era are always looking for scapegoats.

  • Dave - 2011-05-04 15:16

    When last did something good come from the ANC? can anyone tell me maybe something positive? or am i just exagerating?

      saabnut - 2011-05-04 15:49

      Ah comeon Dave- have you not seen that stunning R300 million new Boeing 737 for the elite??? i bet you are another one resisting change...

  • El Cid - 2011-05-04 15:19

    ANC are bloody oxygen thieves and agents of doom.

  • Dumisani P - 2011-05-04 15:38

    NOPE - the ANC just wants to DENY their problems or even better COVER IT UP. They have friends in High places (Ask Mr Zuma, Winnie Mandela etc.)

      saabnut - 2011-05-04 15:51

      It's brothers like you that we need to get this country back on track. People who recognise a problem, and not merely a colour difference. Well said- I couldn't agree more!

  • saabnut - 2011-05-04 15:39

    Can only be that same sinister third force of white colonialists, resisting change, and trying to destabilise the perfectly harmonious, dead smooth ANC gravy train. Probably the same bunch of thugs that intimidate, attack, and kill non- striking workers and burn their vehicles, property and so on...

  • Slapper - 2011-05-04 15:39

    What a Maggot! If this is all they offer, then its time to switch parties, or switch the lights out.

  • Rocky_III - 2011-05-04 15:41

    Ok so let me get this straight. The problem is not a big one and it is the media that has blown it out of proportion YET your earstwhile leader (Mr Showerhead) is going to be putting a commision in place after the election to sort out the problem. Which one of you have no clue or is a universal type thing?

      World Traveler - 2011-05-04 17:17

      @Rocky III..... Have you ever tried to straighten a shower-head? Cannot be done! Stays bent.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-04 15:42

    You know what they say- S^#%@ filters downwards, and now it is starting to smell. Let them wallow in it and enjoy the mess they have made, and the promises they have broken in order to con the poor into voting for them.

  • Dingaan - 2011-05-04 15:45

    Just like psychopaths. Never their own fault. Same as drug addicts. Always someone else causing their woes. Stop messing up then you won't need to blame apartheid or the media! You know full well the media isn't famous for reporting on the good things anyone does. So the fact that you are always in the news, what does that mean? But it does give Gwede the twister (should be called "The Screw Man") something to twist.

  • Alfred - 2011-05-04 15:46

    Poor piggies. A bit of jostling at the pig trough trying to work out the pecking order of who will be first to gorge themselves 'til they puke. It's so tough competing to stuff your pockets full before your 'comrade' does without having the pesky media telling everyone about it all the time. Shame ANC piggies, life must be so tough when you're always the victim.

      saabnut - 2011-05-04 15:53

      Now, now... Careful with the defamatory remarks Alfred, lest the mind police chuck you in chookie for trying to murder the 'president' at an imperialist horserace, by pouring booze on him!!!

      Alfred - 2011-05-04 17:35

      Lol! Indeed, how oh-so counter-revolutionary of me ;) I would rather kill myself than commit a suici, er, than go to chookie.

  • willieman - 2011-05-04 16:39

    I do not know why the ANC is wasting so much time and energy blaming,fighting the media.Use the energy to fight the corruption in your midst.By your admission via Mantashe 96% of your municipalities are disfunctional.Minister of finance is not goingto allocate funds to all the provinces that ANC runs but Western Cape.If you do not understand this then you are truly indoctrinated by the poison of ignorance thinking that the liberation movement got every solution to the problems we are having

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-04 16:44

    Excuses! Do I smell desperation?

  • jaycee - 2011-05-04 16:57

    Makhura is showing the typical contradictions that are part of the ANC. If this issue is not so serious, why then did president Zuma find it necessary to throw another bunch of empty promises at the electorate in saying the issue would be resolved AFTER the election. Ha-bloody-ha.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-04 17:12

    Was the anc unarmed when the Press attacked them? How unfair!

      E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 17:16

      Indeed, the ANC were unarmed, as it was a battle of wits.

  • Monica - 2011-05-04 17:37

    ANC Parliament in South Africa has a bad vibe with every country in the world. We have eneducated people in Parliament; false diplomas and people that has no idea how to run a country except for getting rich quick! Most of them did not even had a car or a house and now they are going totally overboard with the bling! Only a few black people have gained through the corruption and bribes. The rest is still worse off than what they were before the ANC took over. Clinics; community centres; housing offices; trains; etc. have dissappeared as the officials have decided to take up home in town and live according to the comrades "life-style"!

      Dewald - 2011-05-05 14:58

      Monica, it is really even worse than this. Corruption steals away the future. There is going to be BIG problems for years to come, even if another political party gains some ground. Succesful countries and people know how much thought and action is needed to build up something that is working and they also know how easy it is to screw it all up. But the ANC is content to spend all their energy in reconstructing the past so that they are 'owed' the right to plunder the country in the present. And the future is someone else's problem...

  • - 2011-05-04 22:26

    Makhura, don't be ignorant, if Zuma last month announced that a team would be set up to probe how popular candidates were removed from the ANC's candidate lists, it demonstrates that the wishes and will of the people were betrayed. That is not democracy, that is undemocratic, dishonest and unethical. Newspapers can surely report such instances without censorship or being dictated to. We must guard our democracy and not destroy the democratic principles.

  • Kishore Doodnath - 2011-05-05 07:11

    A spin doctor that sound like a spin doctor! Result of making pass mark 30% in our schools eh!

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-05 07:22

    Typical ANC .. Always shifting the blame on everybody but themselves.

  • Robert Manthe - 2011-05-05 13:44

  • bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-05-06 09:48

    Cry me a river you bunch of halfwits - i'm so sick and tired of the ANC blaming everything else but its own for SA's problems... Time for change - VIVA ALL OTHER PARTIES - DOWN WITH ZUMA, MALEMA AND THE ANC

  • beerecipient - 2011-05-06 11:14

    Well as a leading political organisation, we undoubtably know that we r th focal point in every1s mind. But thanks to th leadership of the org to clarify a few pointers here....We see these contestations as growth in our democracy, people shud raise their concerns but in the ambiance of our beloved constitution...the ANC one.Well the Media being a third pillar in our democracy is also..well..a business, and it jst has to continue with sensational stories well to keep up the profit margins..

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