ANC focuses on rejuvenation

2012-04-10 17:21

Johannesburg - The ANC cannot be allowed to degenerate into a "narrow" party that focuses only on itself, Gauteng branch secretary David Makhura said on Tuesday.

"We cannot allow the ANC to degenerate into a force that is trapped in internal fights. We have a greater mission in society," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

Makhura was speaking at the launch of the African National Congress's policy discussion document on organisational renewal.

He said the document was the product of the experience the party gathered during its 18 years in power.

"The ANC has to resist any efforts to transform it into a narrow political party whose day to day preoccupations are internal struggles... or winning elections."

He said the party would interact with social organisations and non-governmental organisations to become more socially relevant.


It would also focus on an "eANC" initiative that would embrace more technological methods of communication.

Makhura said the party still needed to do more to stamp out internal factionalism.

"Factionalism runs against the unity of the organisation. If we don't educate [members] we can end up in a permanent disciplinary mode."

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the document set out specific methods of "rejuvenation" for the party, including addressing factionalism and political education for cadres.

"[People who] wear T-shirts glorifying another leader in the ANC must be educated. People, because it is fashion, they think it is right. To sing in a rally about somebody and put on their T-shirt is not right. It undermines the cohesion of the party."

He said it was better for supporters to sing about party leaders who were "no more".


Mbalula said the document was initially meant for internal distribution only, but the ANC felt that it was necessary to make its contents public.

"The ANC is transparent and democratic... we felt that it was important that instead of having a Mzekezeke [a masked Kwaito artist], people with balaclavas speaking on our behalf, we will speak on behalf of the African National Congress."

He rejected the notion that the Polokwane elective conference in 2007 was the source of current organisational weaknesses.

"It is disingenuous to suggest that factionalism, ill-discipline and in-fighting started in the run-up to and after Polokwane," Mbalula said.

"We must also dismiss the subjective inclination to personalise organisation challenges and attribute them to specific individuals who hold leadership positions."

Mbalula said assassinated SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani would have been proud of the ANC.

"He would be proud that in 2012 we are still producing discussion documents and that we are still self-critical."

The document, among others released last month, will form the basis for discussion at the ANC policy conference in July.

  • Piet - 2012-04-10 17:35

    To late, the cadres are even more self centered to ensure the spoils of freedom.To

  • Pierre - 2012-04-10 17:43

    He said it was better for supporters to sing about party leaders who were "no more". Huh? What other ANC leaders are there anyway?

  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 17:44

    You might be "self critical" but do NOTHING to make changes to the points critised. The party is filled with members all on their own mission to see how much he/she can stash before his/her term is up!

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-04-10 17:46

    Actions speak louder than words. If only all your other comrades would echo your sentiments as well!!

  • IAnon - 2012-04-10 17:47

    We shall syphon some more money under the disguise of 'Rejuvenation'

      Glyn - 2012-04-10 20:04

      Rejuvination = New money!

      Glyn - 2012-04-10 20:05

      Rejuvenation = New money! (typo!)

  • adam - 2012-04-10 17:47

    They want to change now that they have raped the country dry, but it is not going to happen because the greed and rot has set in.The anc is on a long slippery path headed for destruction. Bye bye Bob, bye bye zuma, buy buy malema.

      Theo - 2012-04-10 18:06

      So so true !

  • Carry - 2012-04-10 17:48


      Theo - 2012-04-10 18:13

      This process of self detruction was started many years ago. No paper or talks can change this process now. It will take a very special leader to change this around, and I dont believe there is anyone to do this on the horizon.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-10 17:55

    ja ja ja ja

  • Karl - 2012-04-10 18:05

    The ANC of now-adays is no more of puplic's interests,selfishnes and corruption rule the party,but still thers NO OTHER OGANISATION THAT CAN DO BETTER THAN ANC.....

      Piet - 2012-04-10 18:08

      Uyes the DA can do a better job, they have proved that. Go and ask the auditor general.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-10 18:17

      That is why your spelling is so atrocious - ANC "eddakation" Politics 101: always be aware of what your opponents are of these fine days the ANC will be no more....they are already in self-destruct mode.....wait and see

      Karl - 2012-04-10 18:28

      DA ???? lol, thats a joke,Thers no wise black man who can vote for that party

      Piet - 2012-04-10 19:48

      So true! That is why you still vote ANC. No such thing as a wise black man.

      Glyn - 2012-04-10 20:08

      Think! Karl, your brain is karl! Better at what? Corruption? Ha! Ha!

      Riaan - 2012-04-10 22:32

      Karl its thanks to 'wise' black men like you that we are sitting with a circus for a government. Best you rethink your 'wisdom' or this country is bound to sink

      Maphuri - 2012-04-10 22:36

      karl is right in real life im a suspect bcz im black,when gunning my vote im a darling,thats white party set up!down with DA

      Thando - 2012-04-10 23:25

      We r admittn our challenges, we hv plans in place to rectify thm.......thts th order of th day. We can NEVA let th white man 2 set our agenda as africans in general nd blacks in particular. We will fix our ANC no matter hw long it takes......ths is NOT an event bt a process. I dnt condone corruption, nepotism or maladministration but i really hate white ppl who thnk tht thy r th messiah's of th blck populace. Snakes in sheep skin....only protectn their intrests,

      Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:20

      Karl you haven't seen any other party govern, so how do you know?.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:21

      Karl, but there are wise men voting for the ANC?. Are you sure?.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:24

      Maphuri, the race card isn't needed here. Stop believing your own imagination. What makes you think you are a suspect because you are black?. Are you behaving in such a manner that people could find you suspicious?. Grow up

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-04-10 18:11

    You can't rejuvenate a parasite.

  • Rembu - 2012-04-10 18:11

    ANC is suffering from cancer, unless they amputate the affected organ they will never come alright.indeed ANC's daily activities are affected due to the cancerous wound.The ANC of today nobody is right and nobody is wrong."Shango la shaya phangami ndi mulano". Who to blame then,i think there is something wrong with the Leadership.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-10 18:13

    Rejuvenation should start with flushing out shower man and his drunk friends out of the party.

      Piet - 2012-04-10 19:49

      What? I thought that you will die for him?

  • Jacques Engelbrecht - 2012-04-10 18:23

    South Africans never need to have sex again, the ANC and corrupt leaders f*** us every day

  • tobydt - 2012-04-10 18:43

    "ANC focuses on rejuvenation" Title should have been "Putting lipstick on a pig".

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-10 18:48

    yeah yeah yeah...whht happened to the 5 million jobs in 8 years initiative? What happened to the special unit that was supposed to be implemented by the ANC to rule out corruption within the ANC?? what happened to the runnin water and RDP housing projects funded by the ANC??? WHAT has happened about buiding universities with the 3billion rand set aside from the ANC?? Please...the ANC is all talk no action. They have these big dreams for the country but the only thing they care about is themselves...AND THATS THE BOTTOMLINE CAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-10 18:50

    Rejuvenation. Rejuvenate juju. Re-juju the nation.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 19:08

    Any organisation so largely populated with degenerates is guaranteed to degenerate. It's a natural law.

  • Maphuri - 2012-04-10 19:12

    cde a u aware shower man is consilidating power every day with his strategies of supressing all opinion of ancyl,he's a serious dictator,pre-polokwane succession debate was opeaned 2 years before,under his leadership is only 2 months!worring factor!! i wish cde chris hani was alive,he'd not allow showerman 2 do as he please ,mis u commander!

      Piet - 2012-04-10 19:49

      you voted for him!

      Thando - 2012-04-10 23:06

      Hey u ill informed nubile......y th selective memory?? only confrnce u knw is Polokwane??.....whn was so cald 'succession debate' opened in mafikeng, stellenbosch, durban?? Its nominations FYI....u really need political education. Nd cmrde shower head is suppressn cmrde beret brigade NOT th YL. Im a YL member nd my views r being heard in ANC meetns......dnt give false impressions on th leadership apha sbanxa.

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-10 19:50

    eish atleast someone sounds like a grown man in anc we just sick of this bitchyness that being going around for the past few years

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-10 19:54

    If Chris Hani had stayed alive, he would have been assassinated anyway, because he would not have tolerated this subversion of ANC values and the excesses of privilege evident in the ANC. The ANC has allowed itself to become a rampant snake, with its head eating its tail. To rejuvenate itself, it would first have to hold an internal Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to re-establish its values. Unfortunately, under its current leadership it has scant respect for the values of the likes of Chris Hani.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:27

      Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Glyn - 2012-04-10 20:12

    The answer... Vote DA!

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:18

    Self critical, Mbalula said. Rejuvenation piped another mouse. Heavens and Chris Hani would have been proud of them. Rather try and make the country be proud of you. I know for certain Albert Luthuli wouldn't have given you the time of day. Bunch of idiots. Geez give me a break.

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