ANC warns members against attending SA Politician Awards

2017-01-24 17:16
ANC supporters. (Lerato Sejake, News24, file)

ANC supporters. (Lerato Sejake, News24, file)

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Johannesburg - The African National Congress has warned its members against attending the South African Politician Awards.

Senior party leaders have been nominated in 18 categories which range from "Best Parliamentarian of the Year" to the best dressed.

The ruling party, however, wants no part in the event to be held on February 8 in Cape Town.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told News24 that the awards "celebrify" the work of politicians who are supposed to be servants of the people.

Entrepreneur Lloyd Ngavu told Talk Radio 702 that his company Ngavu Enterprises was organising the awards.

"ANC members who have been nominated because of their work, they must reconsider their participation because they are nominated not as individuals but for political office," Kodwa said.

Election 'best award'

He said any party member's participation undermines "the confidence and honour the people bestowed to them in terms of their political work".

Kodwa said the only awards the party recognises are the elections.

"The greatest honour the ANC is honoured with is when it is elected by people, and that is the best award given to ANC," Kodwa said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters have also told organisers that they would not participate in the awards.

The organisers say while they are disappointed and shocked by the ANC comments, the awards dinner will go ahead and tables are being sold for the night.

Veronica Modieleng, who is part of the team organising the event, told News24 that the awards were designed to be a positive addition to politicians' CVs, bring dignity and respect to the profession and inspire young people to become politicians.

Nominations 'good for CVs'

"With the awards we want to bring dignity and respect to the career, encourage people to be good politicians and eliminate the narrative that all politicians are corrupt... We want to bring positivity to being a politician," Modieleng said.

She said politicians are also human and should be recognised for their work. They could include the nominations in their CVs which would help them in their applications to senior positions in institutions such as the African Union, she said.

Modieleng admitted that a number of politicians had already declined, including Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, although they are still waiting for email confirmation from Sisulu's office.

She said Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who has been nominated in categories including best dressed, had confirmed his participation as a nominee but would not be able to attend.

"I was not surprised when the EFF declined because it has confidence in itself, but I am shocked by the ANC as things don't look good for them in 2019 elections," Modieleng said.

The awards also have a citizens' choice category, with the likes of former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, premiers Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan nominated.

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