ANC lays down the law to councillors

2011-05-30 16:52

Johannesburg - Newly appointed councillors in Limpopo were warned that the ANC in the province would not hesitate to remove them should they fail to perform, a spokesman for the party said on Monday.

"Where councillors are not performing, the ANC will not hesitate to call by-elections and remove them. There is a sense of urgency about delivery, we can't do things in the old way," said ANC Limpopo spokesperson, David Masondo.

Masondo was speaking after ANC provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale briefed the media on what the party expected from ANC councillors in the province.

Councillors were told they would be held accountable by the communities they served. They were told to convene civil society meetings once a month and mass community meetings once every quarter, Masondo said.

Councillors also had to conduct door-to-door visits to understand the "socio-economic" needs of every household.

"Councillors must compile reports to go to the ANC at a regional level who must see to it that the issues of the community are addressed and these reports would be monitored by the provincial leadership," Masondo said.

"The general message is that... excuses must come to an end."

The performance of the councillors would be measured against the ANC's local government election manifesto, he said.

The move by the province was in line with decisions taken at a weekend meeting of the ANC top brass, the national executive committee.

The ANC expressed concern at its performance in the 2011 local elections after it dipped in support in all the provinces except KwaZulu-Natal.

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-30 16:57

    We'll see about that.

  • Uthando - 2011-05-30 16:58

    Oh puleeeezz...What's new? Putting 'ANC' and 'LAW' in one sentence just sounds tragic.

      whatashame - 2011-05-30 17:55

      @Uthando..... And ANC and DEMOCRACY in one sentence. And why only now will they be holding councillors to account. They should have started this 17 years ago. They a bit nervous now after seeing what DA has done in 5 years, now they have to start WORKING. At last!!!! Thank you DA for showing them it CAN be done.

  • Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-30 16:58

    But just in case, they will check first how much dirt these non performing councilors have on the ANC themselves. If they have enough dirt to be of concern, then it would be more prudent to suspend them on full pay for a couple of years...does that sound about right?

      Uthando - 2011-05-30 17:00

      Just about...yeah. Not forgetting 'deployment'.

      Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-30 17:17

      Yeah...there is probably a default contract they will be required to sign: In the event that I should be caught conducting business according to the manner of my ANC superiors, and in the more probable case that I am aware of the dirty tricks my comrades are up to, I accept that my comrades hold the right to any of the following recourse against me: 1) Deploy me to another department with better compensation 2) Suspend me on full pay indefinitely with bull benefits 3) Retire me on full pay indefinitely with bull benefits 4) Any other option which allows me to escape justice for being such a dirty, greedy, money grabbing bastard...

      Uthando - 2011-05-30 17:24

      LOL!!! 5) Put me on Special Leave while they plan a diversion.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-30 17:03

    There will be exemptions though. As long as your are part of the "in crowd" so, behave yourselves and always remember who butters your bread. No, not the Voter, the ANC dummy.

  • Ray - 2011-05-30 17:11

    "There is a sense of urgency about delivery, we can't do things in the old way?" Is this an admission that the old way of the past 18 years was wrong? Door to door visits to understand the socio-economic needs of each household? Jaa right..."nuwe besems vee skoon" and the ANC's local government election manifesto is worth the paper it is printed on.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-05-30 17:11

    They'll have to get ready before qualifying as a province of ZIM.

  • Joe - 2011-05-30 17:13

    Well, then you could start getting rid of the councilors straight away. Ability is unfortunately not linked to motivation, but to intelligence. And look at how it goes in municipalities since the ANC has been there...

  • Grayman - 2011-05-30 17:17

    It sounds like the New Year's resolution of a chain smoker saying they are going to give up for good. We'll check again in a month's time.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-30 17:18

    You must perform! Here are your targets: By the end of the year you must: Have at least R1m in your bank account. Have issued at least 10 lucrative contracts to your family and friends. Have flown to at least 10 different countries abroad. Have acquired at least R20m in business shares for yourself. Have attended at least 25 gala dinners and functions. Have at least one holiday home abroad and one locally. Have written at least 10 pro ANC articles in our newspaper. Have attended at least 15 criminal court proceedings involving yourself or other cadres. Have increased your mass by at least 50%. Have written off at least 1 new BMW or 1 new Merc and replaced it with something more reliable and more expensive. Anyone failing to meet these targets will be regarded as having colluded with the DA.

      Zeus - 2011-05-30 17:41

      Now where's your vision? In the Western Cape we hope!

  • Bill - 2011-05-30 17:19

    Clearly the DA has given the ANC a BIG skrik...!

      Eeland - 2011-05-30 22:19

      As an Afrikaans speaking young man, I had enough of the majority rule by the black ANC. I am packing my bags, heading for Australia. good by, I know most of my folk are sonner or later joing us there...

      senkgisha - 2011-06-01 22:27

      @eeland,which planet are living on?Australia must be the last place that you can think of...rmember the guy who immigrated there and he was killed brutally where most of the Afrkaans speaking trollers like you had felt advise is as soon as you get into that plane leave your attitude behind or else you will die in the hands of Aussies boot??

      VELOCITY - 2011-07-29 09:36

      Good luck Eland - now run!! Go now, don't waste any more time - run!!

  • mshini wam - 2011-05-30 17:20

    These councillors must pull their socks, service delivery is now a priority. ANC has done a lot for this country especially in black communities keep on improving lives of previously disadvantaged people. the new struggle has emerge of economic emancipation

      falcon2020 - 2011-05-30 17:30

      god speed!

      bob - 2011-05-31 10:24

      why are there so many squatters still? if you had to ask them what they received from the government, what do you honestly think they would say, mshini you are a naive prick.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-30 17:27

    steal, but don't get caught.

      Kevin - 2011-05-30 18:30

      Have you ever seen the anc fire, prosecute one of it's thugs and then they think they are leading. Maximum sentences and grabbing of there pensions if they do any naughties.

  • 106SA - 2011-05-30 17:30

    The simplest law would be..... 1)""GO TO WORK";2)"DONT STEAL";3)"GO TO WORK AGAIN THE NEXT DAY AND REMEMBER NOT TO STEAL"....

  • willvp - 2011-05-30 17:31

    the ANC is still under the impression that they can perform!! Here is some news for you ANC: YOU CANNOT PERFORM.

  • Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-30 17:32

    Aah!! There is nothing like service delivery to the poor.... ...but after 17 years of that, it would be nice if there was!

  • Sandy - 2011-05-30 17:33

    Good luck ANC, I hope you really do everything you say you're gonna do. If one ANC run province can be seen to be making a difference then hopefully the rest will follow. It will be a very positive move for South Africa.

  • call a spade - 2011-05-30 17:34

    nothing will change or improve. people need to have integrity , honesty , common sense and a desire to work and succeed in order to change things.

  • BigD - 2011-05-30 17:35

    OK anc. Lets see if you can live up to these promises. Remember you are on strike two already with many of the voters.I dont think you have the man power or correct people in positions to make this coutry work. The cadre system has failed all over africa plus in SA. So, unless you stop the crap about women, cadres and friends in positions. Hire only the best for the positions.

      Uthando - 2011-05-30 18:21

      Now,lets hope they wont come back 5yrs later & say they were 'misquoted' by the media...

  • Errol - 2011-05-30 17:53

    This action is all thanks to the DA. Let us hope that this plan is going to work - it can only work if those guilty of corruption are punished - suggest we send them to Robbin Island - perhaps they will learn what the freedom struggle was really all about. It also depends on whether they can do the job.

  • The Question - 2011-05-30 18:07

    We have it in writing boys and girls... now let's see if they keep to their promise to remove councillors who don't perform and stick to keeping their communities informed on what's going on... though I do wonder how much information they will be 'allowed' to release to the public at the meetings...

  • JewelZA - 2011-05-30 18:16

    Hmm interesting. Totally feeble electioneering and now in the last few days, cute "feel good" sound bites from asstd. places. We will only believe govt and all these gems they are suddenly dropping, when we see tangible, verifiable proof of actions.

  • willvp - 2011-05-30 18:17

    the ANC is hook/line/sinkering their electorate with promises and now they are doing the same with the posters here. Reading the majority of reactions, it works.

      JewelZA - 2011-05-30 18:40

      Yep and if you look at say FIN24 or some other business pages, here come the excuses already. No money to build roads, salary & benefits eating into the fiscus (unsustainable was the word used!!), etc etc. Except these are the real issues, with very real consequences never mentioned in the run-up. Once the reality hits, eish....

  • Kevin - 2011-05-30 18:27

    What is perform . Do deals

  • george07 - 2011-05-30 18:36

    thes idiots should start at the top with the incompetent ministers and their armies of advisors.start pres 783.

  • Happygas - 2011-05-30 19:09

    ya ya

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-30 19:10

    Talk is cheap but money buys the whiskey.

  • Oemie - 2011-05-30 19:26

    Performing councilors alone will not solve the crises. Incompetant Municipal Managers, (Large number of municipalities already under some form of admin curatorship) and internal staff, like heads of departments were mostly all replaced by deployments - main problem is a lack of engineers. It wont help when a councilor goes back to his municipality and there is no-one qualified to do the job.

  • bryan hurd - 2011-05-30 19:35

    What has the ANC done about the clown that's told black voters to burn the newspaper in Port Elizabeth????silence = encouragement.

  • GH - 2011-05-30 20:17

    Where do they declare their interests? How are they going to measure their results and compared to what?

  • braamc - 2011-05-30 20:45

    Oh yes, with performance contracts for fraud, bribery and corruption.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-30 21:09

    Words, words, words - of which they don't even know the meaning.

  • Eeland - 2011-05-30 22:21

    As an Afrikaans speaking young man, I had enough of the majority rule by the black ANC. I am packing my bags, heading for Australia. good by, I know most of my folk are sonner or later joing us there...

      senkgisha - 2011-06-01 22:32

      becareful...aussie is not the plce for the racist like you...remember the one killed last 4 months? Jy moet waker word seun of miskien jy gaan frek daar!!!

  • Are_U_Sure - 2011-05-30 22:49

    No ways ... if it is the last thing I do, it is to give up on SA. I was born here, as was my father, grandfather, his father etc. I believe that there are more people here that want to make it work, than not. Sadly, we just don't seem to have a leader that can unite us. Till that happens ... "Umshini wami"!!! For those who don't want to make it work, who want it all for free, who rape pillage and murder innocent people anywhere in SA: "One racists / murderer, one bullet, Wen'uyang'ibambezela.” Note: the writer has no intent, or implied intent, to antagonise anyone who wants to help SA work better together, starting with that which people need most i.e. food and shelter, who are for politicians earning market related salaries, driving cars that they bought out of their own pocket, working for the people who voted them in. For municipalities that work because people are trained on how to make them work. Who are for those who want to share what they have so that more and more of the have not’s can also start to have something. So, if the words above offended you, well, if I believe that if my President and the pressi of the ANYL can use them words, so can I, for this is a new struggle against all that is wrong in SA.

  • bob - 2011-05-31 10:22

    You know what, I hate the ANC, but hey they might just change, I have to say that if they are going to pull finger - I'll support them, I'm going on good faith on this one, just to see if it is possible. I wont be disappointed when they fail again, its kinda expected. Next time you idiots will then vote for the better party, maybe the ANC will vote MF, good old MF, tiger style eh... Who am I kidding, fire the lot and start again with qualified professionals, when a monkey does not do what you ask the first time, do you think it will work the second time? The monkey does not care coz they are getting paid, that's their right, give me, give me, give me, give me, Im a parasite of society! I'll break and steal and be as corrupt as I want, , give me, give me, give me

  • VELOCITY - 2011-07-29 09:31

    What? "Councillors must compile reports". These ANC drones can read and write? I really did not know that. I wonder if this Cassel whatsisface have cleared this statement with Fatboy "Staban" Malema before coming out with it?

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