ANC leadership battle: Game on?

2012-12-12 22:50

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge incumbent President Jacob Zuma for the leadership of the African National Congress and the country, a source close to Motlanthe told AFP on Wednesday.

"Yes, of course he will stand," the source said on condition of anonymity, setting up a leadership battle at the party's elective conference which begins on Sunday.

City Press also cited a source close to Motlanthe as saying the deputy president received a call from the ANC’s electoral commission on Wednesday, and indicated that he would stand.

A second, independent source on the ANC NEC confirmed this, City Press reported.

SAfm, one of three radio stations to report the news, said it had "reliably learnt" that Motlanthe would accept the nominations.

Eyewitness News and Jacaranda News carried similar reports.

But, Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe declined to confirm the reports, saying the "matter is now in the hands of the ANC's electoral commission".

"I know they have been in contact with the deputy president, but the deputy president won't make any statements about that because he respects the fact the electoral commission is responsible for the process of nominations."

Masebe said the ANC's electoral commission would announce who was nominated.

Stop corruption

The commission is scheduled to hold a news briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In a speech late on Wednesday, Motlanthe did not directly announce his candidature, but had a stern message about the health of the party.

"We should stop the culture of corruption that is creeping within our rank, corroding our value system and undermining the memory of thousands of leaders... who have ensured that the ground is prepared for a free and democratic society that we are taking for granted today," he said.

Motlanthe faces an uphill struggle to wrest control of the party from Zuma, who appears to have the backing of a majority of the provincial party branches.

He has the backing of members in the provinces of Gauteng, the Western Cape and Limpopo, as well as the support of the ANC Youth League - far from enough to secure the nomination.

"I do see President Zuma winning again... just because the largest amount of delegates in the conference comes from KwaZulu-Natal, which is of course his home province," said Adriaan Basson, author of "Zuma Exposed".

"He's almost got a quarter of the votes already in the pocket just from this one province."

Political analyst Steven Friedman also felt that Motlanthe's acceptance of the nomination would mean little, and that he expects Zuma to be-re-elected.

"I think Mr Motlanthe knows that... the branches have overwhelmingly decided on Mr [Jacob] Zuma," he said on the sidelines of a panel debate at Constitution Hill.

"What does change is that because you have a contested election it becomes possible that the people of Mangaung will question whether certain delegates [or groups] should be there or not."

He said unless hundreds of delegates at the ANC's elective conference ignored what their branches had decided, Zuma would be re-elected as president.

Friedman said Mathews Phosa and Fikile Mbabula's acceptance of nominations, also to executive seats, was a test of strength against ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

"The idea of contesting Mantashe is an attempt to demonstrate strength...and it won't be a successful attempt."

Phosa had earlier confirmed to Sapa that he had accepted the nomination to stand for the deputy presidency.

"I've accepted the nomination by the ANC branches for me to stand as deputy president," said Phosa.

"I am abiding by what they [the ANC branches] put forward to me."

Jacaranda FM on its Twitter page said Mbalaula had also accepted nomination for the position of secretary general.

His spokesperson Justin de Allende said: "He is a member of the ANC. As a member of the ANC he's eligible and duty-bound to accept any form of deployment, as members of the ANC, request of us..."

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-12 23:25

    Let the games begins.

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-12-13 08:07

      It is going to be fun, especially the after party. Divided they will fall.

      renny.meere - 2012-12-13 11:24

      Dumb vs. Dumber

  • mfaniseni.thusi - 2012-12-12 23:38

    During the struggle noone ever wanted to topple the other, that s why OR and Madiba never contested each other. ANC has become a "who is fooling who paty"? Sad

      Erna - 2012-12-13 05:56

      But they think this is the democratic way! They forget what bribery and threats happened behind the scenes.

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-12-12 23:56

    He already lost with 800votes out of 4500votes

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-12-13 08:10

      Eric, wait, there might just be a surprise, look what happened in Potch and what is happening in North West. Zuma is not safe at all.

  • siwelana.mcbrian - 2012-12-13 00:06

    Msholozi must go,its time for change.he has a lot of responsibilities as a family man.all hs wifes and kids need hm.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-13 00:50

    I'm so pleased they added the ? The game has been on for what seems like centuries. Even the most ardent WWE fan can only take it once a week. We get it every single day - at least twice a day. Our society is punch-drunk and reeling but there's no ref to stop the game. Apart from war-zones, we are the most stressed out society on earth. And it shows in all our ghastly statistics of murder, rape, child, women, human-rights abuse, xenophobia and just plain violent reactions to pretty much everything.

  • jabulani.buthelezi.509 - 2012-12-13 00:50

    Its obvious Zuma is going to win but the other guy is pleasing the Malemas of this world by buying face.what about if they vote him out of top 6.I hate leaders who can't analyze the situation on the ground like what Mr Lekota did before Polokwane

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-13 02:06

      It's good for the auditors. They can legally declare it was all above board, free and fair. And 25million voters will nod their heads and make their marks where they have been told to. Because this is patriarchy masquerading as democracy. Too few can really vote freely or fairly when the spectre of Apartheid and Colonialism remain the most compelling case. It's a negative vote

  • sphala - 2012-12-13 03:49

    Don't be discourage Mr Deputy, the future is brilliant for those who are positive, be the most optimistic person in the game and that will separate you from others more than anything else...personally I see leadership qualities in you. You got my back on this one.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-13 03:50

    It is Ironic that thw president seems to feel that it is a wrong thing for Motlanthe to contest this election.He did not take it well when Mbeki did the same to him and he got Malema to harras him.The struggle for money continues in this party while the people suffer.After all is said and done,history will be our judge

  • Ddatruth - 2012-12-13 04:07

    There is no way kgalema,jz must run second term or else he would stand trial

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-12-13 04:44

    All bs just a setup to shut up the moaning sheeple Zuma knows he wins so he instruct... just play along vice pres

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-12-13 05:48

      Caine, I fully agree with you. This is just window dressing.

  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-12-13 05:05

    Kgalema Motlanthe for president down with corruption

  • lephans.lufuno - 2012-12-13 05:07

    Is he not little too late for that? Just asking

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-13 05:10

    Please ANC make the right choice

  • Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:07

    “If a man withdraws his mind from his appointment of president and do not apply it as sincerely to the virtuous of the calling; if in serving his country he can exert his utmost strength; if in serving his people he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his followers his words are sincere and although men say that he has I will certainly say that he has not; you mister Zuma has been weighed and you have been found not suitable to lead this beautiful land and it’s people. The ancestors will not tolerate your arrogance.”

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:47

      A Notional Conversation If we could address all leaders in the ANC. A look upon your beauty, but we see a mourning and deep wretchedness. Man, what is it that causes such pain? Withdraws in the depth of my soul there is a gathering of Ancestors, said mother earth. His every existence disturbs with what is heard. Mind, what do you seek? “I probed the desolation of the souls I keep in my depth.” From this the Congress of the Ancestors consequently to my concern, revealed. His ANCestors venerated by the Leaders who adopted the Freedom Charter at Kliptown in 1955. Appointment to raise our children to mountain tops, beautiful, the world at their feet. Of which, we, the ANCestors, fought for freedom in the valleys of Azania, were slayed and buried, knowing that one day our children will benefit from our struggle. President, you promised, “I will build and rebuild this place in honour of you, our Ancestors.” And it rings through our ears, since the creation of the ANC. Do we keep silence any longer? It is a generation later, we cannot! Not worshipping your ANCestors like you should. Apply empty meanings of arrogant devotion, are you! It is what you really seek, children of South Africa . . . As you desire that we continue to build for you from beyond the grave? Sincerely we only receive empty meaning from you, To liars and tyrants, stealing from our descendants, we feel resentment.

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:47

      The ANCestors shall command final destruction? Virtuous our current leaders do not possess, Of which you have implanted your own wicked and impostors amongst you. The youth whom have no intellect and understanding drives you Calling yourself, the only superpower of the continent. If singing a song from others as your own national anthem honourees you. In there is no roar, just the imitation of a lion, like an insane Wish. Serving, you are not, yet you refuse to see others as equals. His cronies name townships, places and streets after us, your Ancestors. Country filled with the souls of our children suffering the twinges of hunger. He destroys the infrastructure and drinking water. Can we take revenge on you for using our names and then destroy our heritage? Exert yourself, you have declared for the world to know, His People will govern! Utmost to all that matters, “All National groups shall have equal rights”! “Strength not to spare neither with courage we will build”, you proclaimed. If the truth cannot be changed, and nor will it pass away, In the ebbing and flowing of the sea, the winters and summer pass. Serving the unrighteousness, the violent abuse of “all shall be equal before the law”! His leadership and the leaders of the African National Congress, futile.

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:48

      People why do you allow him to venture and blemish its countenance? He, whom has been called in silence during all those vigils, Can we remind you of the doors and of Learning and Culture that shall be opened? Devote to the future, but your learners called “educational refugees” and without text books. His disconcerted and slumbered account, in spite. Life is the enemy, Apartheid is to be blamed! If only, we must Nationalise and grab the land. In whom is the enemy? But look inside, you are to blame! His promise “There shall be Houses, Security and Comfort”! Intercourse and rise, the youth has the nation locked in fear. With parading after procession, threatening all those who attempt the same. His promise, “there shall be Peace and Friendship” seems far from Kliptown. Followers and all go to the plain, we plead. His transgressions to be revealed to the illiterate, you so want to stay uneducated. Words spoken from the Ancestors, can unveil your iniquities. Are you running from policy conference to the unions’ congress. Sincere as we have loved you, comrades, but the pain is un-bearing. And the hatred of the people is slowly rising from the squatter camps. Although labour protest growths, your next big challenge . . . Men with pangas and assegais sweeping away the euphoria of 1994!

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:48

      Say us, the Congress of Ancestors, have sympathised your weakness. That we have despised your slothfulness, and corruption amongst your cadres. He will we see your infirmity and abominate your carelessness. Has the Courts not rule on your inability to govern? I and all have cried over your humiliation. Will the Spear be of your own doing? Certainly our tears streamed like crystalline. Say we, removing the veil from our eyes. That today, all are mocking at your foolishness. He highlights the darkness from your inner self. Has not the laughter from your African brothers, arose like a raging thunder “Not before eternity comes, will others govern”, you proclaimed. You, “From Bondage to Struggle, from Struggle to Freedom,” Mister, “From Freedom to Power, from Power to Corruption,” Zuma, “From Corruption to Abuse, from Abuse to bondage.” Has the white man made the full circle, you to follow in quick pursuit! Been in power, what is it that you desire, comrades? Weighed your successes, for me to show you an empty register. And look, your fear has turned democracy in more rights for the majority. You have obscured hollows over your eyes as a result of your overindulgence.

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:49

      Have death kissed your lips and yet you seek from us, Been warned, instead you should ask from the living, however, you might no longer be counted amongst her children. Found your souls in the clutches of witches and your bodies tremble between the paws of Despots. Not surprising your country quakes under the marching feet of your own greed. Suitable as your new religion, is Hypocrisy, far from the guidance of your Ancestors. To see your spears broken, yet you stand in battle as if you are victorious. Lead like an autocrat is your life, and nothingness is your ending. This is our consolation, that death be the sole comfort of your Miserable governance. Beautiful is Life, a resolution that accompanies youth, and a diligence that follows Maturity, and a Wisdom that pursues senility! Land that you are born from, comrades, old and weak and your skins withered and your heads shrank, whereupon you become as children. And knowledge is a light, enriching the warmth of life, and all may partake who seek it out. It’s but you, comrades, seeking out darkness and flee the light, awaiting the coming of water from the rock,

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-13 06:49

      People in misery is your Crime. The ANCestors do not forgive you Your sins, for you know what you Are doing. Ancestors are anxiously awaiting your arrival with anger and resentment! Will insects and vipers infest your wealth earned from corruption? Not because you despise greatness, your venerated Ancestors, dislike your attitude! Tolerate ignorance but we despise you because you despise yourselves. Your enemy from here forth, your ANCestors, for you refuse to realize who you are. Arrogance abound and the nemeses of your children.

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-12-13 06:27

    ITs about time MR Deputy President to take a stand against this corrupt leadership!

      mahogany.wamukwa - 2012-12-13 07:09

      culture of corruption in Africa,God help us.

      nkosie.ngubane.52 - 2012-12-13 08:23

      He is part of the corrupt leadership. All the decisions that the Presendent made, Kgalema was part of them. so if we need to change the leadership of the ANC, all TOP 6 must be changed.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-12-13 06:59

    doesnt matter we are screwed whichever way the dice fall so deal with it more corruption, more cadre deployment more, racism,more tender for all blacks with no idea as to what they sign up for ,this is so depressing .

  • wikus.erasmus.545 - 2012-12-13 07:06

    Kgalema wants to have his cake and eat it too. How does one oppose the present leadership but not appear as opposition? He is merely the face of a committee and of himself exhibits no leadership or impression. But anything is probably better than Zooma...

  • Bongeka - 2012-12-13 07:33

    Should he wins, what difference is he going to make that he couldn't do or advice the president since the day they were deployed? I think we're busy electing from the wrong pool. One says he'll step down if ANC asks him to and the other says he'll stand against the incubent if the ANC asks him to. Both spineless, sick of this.

  • Kgosietsile Michael Makau - 2012-12-13 07:34

    I really like Sir Kgalema Montlanthe his quite intelligence. He is not a basket mouth, who will promise miracles and he doesn't fulfill it and/or deliver. Surely the will be win or lose against him. Sit back and relax till electorate proof it by announcement!!!!

  • Kgosietsile Michael Makau - 2012-12-13 07:49

    Anonymous voters, will give Sir Motlanthe a chance to win!!!

  • dave.hardman - 2012-12-13 08:01

    Zuma heed the call, your ancestors have spoken, their trust, you have broken. Do NOT intimidate the people, for they too will be doomed. Allow the people the opportunity to continue the work of the ancestors and repair the damage that you have caused. YOU have angered the ancestors! And they have given the power to Your people. The ancestors have given the people the COURAGE to do the CORRECT thing. YOU are to be cast aside. You have shamed the ancestors!

  • gareth.coats - 2012-12-13 08:15

    So many Fikiles in this election. Or was this article written by HAYIBO.COM?

  • kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-12-13 10:42

    SA politics just got a whole lot more interesting

  • sello.mohale3 - 2012-12-13 14:34

    Kgalema cannot be too vocal about corruption just near Mangaung. Where was he when people looted Limpopo? He is just as accountable as everyone

  • Themba TeeTee Thomo - 2012-12-13 14:35

    an ANC member hu says zuma must return clearly doesnt knw de ANC, what happened 2 de policies adopted at de polokwane conference, i still ask myself dat.

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