ANC turbulence won't last forever - Mokonyane

2015-10-11 12:21
Nomvula Mokonyane (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Nomvula Mokonyane (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Johannesburg - No self-respecting political party would not be concerned about its support numbers dropping below 60%, the ANC's head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane said.

"I think we [are] behaving as if we [were] already there [below 60%]," she told News24, speaking on the sidelines of the party's National General Council in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"That is why we have to consolidate our frontiers.

"Nelson Mandela Bay must be defended, Tshwane must be defended, Mangaung [Bloemfontein] must be defended, Johannesburg must be defended and overall our influence in society must be defended."

Mokonyane said the ANC had done its own analysis and found that people did not have an issue with the party but with members who were fighting among themselves and so [had] forgotten to serve the people.

"I think the time has come for all of us to appreciate that we found this ANC being a leader of society, not an organisation of self-promotion," she said.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe presented the organisational report to the NGC on Friday.

In the report the ANC admits that if local government elections were held this year the party would have lost control of some of the country's biggest metros.

According to the report the ANC's electoral support has been declining since the 2004 [national] elections.

The party is worried about its electoral support dropping below 60%, saying it would represent a "psychological and political turning point that would be interpreted as an indication of the demise of the movement".

Mokonyane said this was why the ANC had adopted new processes for selecting candidates for local government, including involving the community in the selection process.

"[We are] making sure that we put organisational discipline as a very, very important issue for everybody at all levels.

"[We will] ensure that we get the right people and the right teams to represent the ANC in the branches, in the regions and in the provinces, including in the institutions in government."

She said there was a lack of political education.

"As the organisation grows the influx into the organisation sometimes tends to bring new tendencies and so forth.

"Moving forward... we have worked on our strategy and hence, even on the selection of candidates and on the campaigning strategy, our approach is different."

Mokonyane said the NGC was used to do introspection and the party had been very honest about its challenges.

"We've told the world we are going through a turbulence and we are gearing ourselves to go through this turbulence."

However, she said the party would not stay in this state forever.

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