ANC must adapt - Mantashe

2012-04-14 09:47

Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party cannot be expected to remain a static organisation, but should adapt itself to the current conditions facing the world, SABC news reported on Saturday.

Speaking at the memorial lecture to honour the party's fourth president, Josiah Dube in Nyanga in the Cape Flats, Mantashe said the ANC of today and yesteryear could not be the same, the broadcaster said.

"The ANC is not dead, only a dead organisation remains static and it doesn't adapt and adjust," he is quoted as saying.

"If you want the ANC you joined some 40 years ago, you will not find it. You must adapt and adjust ANC to the current conditions. It is an organisation that is living. That is having the capacity to self-correct and cleans itself."

Mantashe also spoke on factionalism, saying it was the biggest threat to the African National Congress, the report said.

It was as big of a problem as it was in 1959 when the Pan Africanist Congress walked out of the ANC.

"The problem of factions is that they are narrow ...and intolerant. Factions don't discuss politics, factions always discuss names."

On Tuesday, the ANC released its organisational renewal document aimed at addressing its weaknesses. The document identifies, among others, factionalism as one of the problems the ruling party wants to tackle.

  • tobydt - 2012-04-14 10:06

    Seems the ANC wants Jacob to run a second term.

      Jaja - 2012-04-14 12:02

      DESPERATELY SEEKING a new political party please! Any takers. I cant vote a.n.c cos they are incompetent, will NEVER vote da cos they are racist and most if not all of their supporters are racist. So desperately seeking a new political party, before the next elections otherwise I will have to abstain from voting.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-14 12:57

      Jaja by calling the DA racist, the ANC has brainwashed you good and proper.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 12:59

      Some in the ANC. Those that don't have the interest of the country at heart.

      Jaja - 2012-04-14 13:07

      @jacqui, its not the a.n.c that have brainwashed me. I have never been an a.n.c supporter, infact I voted for da at the last elections, before I know of the type of supporters they had. I recognise that most da supporters are racist only because of the racist stuff that is said on this website and liked by 100's. Helen zille's mouth has also helped me as she seems to say a lot of racist things about black people. So i'm grateful to helen for showing me her true colours. Btw, didn't the da merge with the np?

      sven.gohre - 2012-04-14 14:58

      @jaja, yes they did, for a very short period, then the CancER pulled out their cheque-book and brought the entire NNP into the CancER fold. So it would seem that it is OK for the CancER to have their past oppressors in the fold and the party that fought Apartheid is condemned for trying to run the Western Cape in a Non-racial, Non-sexist way. I can only shake my head at your obvious prejudices.

      Irene - 2012-04-14 15:04

      Jaja is another one who is waiting for the memo to tell him how to think. Brainwashed as hell.

      Mc - 2012-04-14 15:16

      @jaja i agree with you. Same experiance with me.

      Morama - 2012-04-14 16:48

      @Jaja,I am ANC member but would never vote them but DA to force ANC to pull up it's socks,they are in the comfort zone and for them to move,we need to vote DA to close the gap and by so doing,it would start delivering to the people.They would also fire those who would steal from public coffers.So don't be confused....Go and vote DA.Remember ANC has some uncondested votes from the old "Black" people who experienced the ordeal of the NP government who now ANC just simply tell them not to vote DA because apartheid would be re-impemented!!!

      Mark - 2012-04-14 18:41

      Adapt or die.. we have been lenient and patient with Malema.. but I believe that we are now crossing the Rubico... OK! Who forgot to fire this speech writer in 1994?!

  • Walter - 2012-04-14 10:07

    Y a, ya, ya! Still all talk and no action........ what about starting with measures to put an end to rhino poaching?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-14 12:59

      They will have to knock on Chinese doors and those are their friends.So the Rhino can't expect help from the Zuma camp of misfits.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-14 10:08

    I would rather of said more in the line of a dictatorial! This is rich coming from a party who slammed Khoza for "publicly" expressing his views on the said "adaptable" parties handling of the country! The anc is more devided than oil and water at the moment and no ammount of "spin" is going to hide it!

  • Hadebe - 2012-04-14 10:19

    Adapt to the trends of corruption, yeah sure, i think u have adapted well enough on that, any bit more of adaptation will just clean the purse...cleanse itself? Of what, the freedom charter? The people shall govern, uve outdone yourself on that too, a bit more of that cleansing then ull b dictators, something that malema is suspended for pointing out. Tjo!!

  • KReddy - 2012-04-14 10:20

    Mr Mantashe, too much talk and no action IS a static organization. I still believe in the core principles of the ANC but the people that hinge on and are in positions of power have too many meetings to plan a meeting to discuss a problem. There is NO active and physical solutions coming out of your meetings that does make the difference you want. The fact that u are saying that the anc is NOT a static org means that u think it is one. Man up, kill corruption and do things with OUR taxes. SA has more than enough revenue from taxes in light of municipslities returning money each year to treasury earmarked for service delivery and that \lost\ to corruption for a better life for all. And please remove innefective people who dither on the job

      Herman - 2012-04-14 10:30

      Good comment, pity it will only be seen here.

  • KCorsar - 2012-04-14 10:31

    Changes required: Real corporate governance - actions not words or documents Expel / prosecute corrupt officials - not redeploy - prison is best Listen to the electorate Stop making false promises Be a political party and not a 'get rich quick club'

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-14 10:39

    'No one rules if no one obeys'

  • Phuti - 2012-04-14 10:49

    That's very rich coming from u Gwede!

  • msfletcher1 - 2012-04-14 10:59

    Communism and Socialism aren't where they were 40 years ago either, so it might be a good place to start with the present ideology and seriously see if it has a place in today's world. Since the SACP started riding on the shirttails of the ANC, they have changed the organisation from one that espoused education and christian morality to one which espouses something vastly different. Our present crop of leaders is an indication of this.

  • Daniel - 2012-04-14 11:01

    Um... lets see ... Party for the People -> Party for the Leaders (and now you will enjoy this lovely wine by watching me drink it)... Now thats moving with the times

  • Zahir - 2012-04-14 11:02

    I agree with Gwede says current anc has replaced the freedom struggle for the wealth struggle

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-14 11:42

      there is no 'wealth struggle'. there is not enough money in the SA economy for EVERYONE to be 'wealthy'. This is a 'struggle' but elitist comrades who want to plunder the land for their own self-enrichment. The struggle ended with the death of apartheid in 1992, 20 years ago. This young little children who wear berets only want to line their own greedy pockets, so they incite the masses to shout for their greed.

  • Craig Hopkins - 2012-04-14 11:23

    The ANC must piss off, no need to adapt

  • Andrew - 2012-04-14 11:38

    More than adapt, the ANC needs to clean out all the inept, lazy and corrupt government people including ministers who spend taxpayer money on parties, excessive travel and unnecessary meetings. The government needs to shape up and look to the needs of the country rather than their own selfish wishes.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-14 11:42

    This corrupt ANC is busy stealing themselves out of power !!

  • justice.mpho1 - 2012-04-14 11:42

    'said the party cannot be expected to remain a static organisation'...dont expect a smile from that,how about doing whats rights and quit!!! Spirit and purport of foul politicians,you do a whole lot of talks and when its time to deliver you get puzzled and end up enriching yourself in the process,pitty you get away with even have guts to hide your corrupt debacles a.k.a Secracy Bill.\Welcome to the classified South Africa\

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-14 11:45

    Ha ha ha please man what a joke you okes will never change because you dont want to.

  • Sparkling - 2012-04-14 11:46

    Sugar Ray It is a pity that the ANC alligns itself with trade unions. The labour laws of our country are enough to terrify any aspiring entrepeneur. Nobody wants to expand let alone start a new venture because they are scared to become too labour intensive. CCMA is a farse. It doesn't matter how strong the employer's case is you are immediately confronted with the question of "how much are you prepared to pay for your problem to disappear". It is truly a sad situation and corruption is rife.

  • Corne - 2012-04-14 12:17

    They change all the time, from bad to worse to even worse!

  • Gregory - 2012-04-14 12:25

    The Anc is to busy stealing public funds to adapt, it's a stagnant pool of corrupt thieves.

  • Daniel - 2012-04-14 12:30

    ... I sense this is a prelude to releasing his next book "Adapting the ANC to meet the challenges of Tomorrow"... in for a penny eh Gwede

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-14 12:30

    Changing for the worse just so you change is pointless!

  • Thando - 2012-04-14 12:37

    Well said cmrd Gwede Mantashe, our esteemed SG, th survival of th ANC has been its ability 2 change with times nd adapt 2 th current conditions. Th PAC had a narrow approach wer it said blck africans shud lead th revolution bcoz of their allegence to africa, but progressive members knew tht we cud not exclusively lead ths revolution without our white counterparts. We will still continue to adapt bcoz th enemy is no longer th apartheid regime but th capitalists who dont want to share th wealth of ths country for all who live in it. Viva ANC viva

      Morama - 2012-04-14 17:04

      I feel sorry for your likes Thando,there's no such thing as sharing the wealth!!! I hope you heard of the guy called Khulusizu Zuma who took down what used to be succefful operating mine down and presently Vevet is pucked cz of the same guy?I think it's high time where youneed to leave that mentality unless if you are related to one of the "Gravy Brigade" then you can have all the wealth you are talking about.Stand up and start working towards the wealth you are talking about here!!!!

      Futhi - 2012-04-14 22:20

      I suppose the change we must celebrate includes the change from liberators to all we see them do now. I wonder if we will ever judge our former liberators on merit than on impressions we hold of them.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-14 12:45

    I think ANC is wasting its time. As long as the President is still JZ, let's forget better ANC. The main problem in this country is corruption and the current ANC leadership is not ready to tackle the problem because their hands are full of corruption proceeds. Nobody is willing to start the cleanup because it will mean almost the whole ship crew will be cleaned. That's a sad fact.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-14 12:55

      you are probably 100% right.

      Lerato - 2012-04-14 13:05

      In as much as JZ is bad, but he has managed to run the economy well, so far that is. Economic indeces are a witness to such. People be careful what you wish for!!

      Thando - 2012-04-14 13:42

      R u tlkn of th entire NEC or th top 6, in both accounts ur horribly rong. Its only Tony Yengeni who was convicted of corruption in th NEC......those r facts. Th entire top 6 has neva been convicted of corruption, fraud or maladministration. Those r facts.....instead of givn us half truths. Th ANC leadership will step down in Mangaung nd if th branches still want it to continue thn thy will strt another term.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 13:48

      Lerato JZ is a liability to South Africa. He was lucky that the foundation was there when we had a strong and decisive leadership. Siya the less said about the lot the better, watch the space as we move along to Mangaung the dirty laundry that is going to come out through leaks to discredit each other. They are so corrupt all of them. Now it's a question of scratch my back I will scratch yours, what a shame. Now what is needed is a leader that will close the moral vacum that is existing at the moment.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 14:16

      Thando with due respect to what you are saying. The problem in actual fact is the top two who have all these allegations hanging over them. If you are a CEO in any organisation the buck stop with you. Correct me if I'm wrong.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-14 12:56

    I'll be damned ! Isn'this the same guy that spew bile at Dr Reuel Khoza for raising the issue of leadership evolution in S.A. As they say, sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same..

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-14 12:56

    The trouble with the ANc today are the people who run it, like Mantashe for instance.

  • Luviwe - 2012-04-14 13:36

    Yes it is different becuse people join it for different reasons. Factionalism was good for these leaders when it suited them in 2007 and now it's a problem, what a hypocreite. Careerism, greed, cronysm and patronage are the root problem of the anc of today. You will only adapt once these issues are adressed thoroughly. But I dout this current creed is able to do that. You will always be indebted to the faction if the current trend continues.

      Thando - 2012-04-14 13:55

      @Luviwe....factions in th ANC hv been here since day1. Thts th dynamism of th organistation......but its whn respect is not thr tht factions bcome a problm. Issues r debated thoroughly bcoz of these dynamics. There birth of th youth league was thru a faction.....whneva u go for contestations its natural 2 hv these 'factions'....but due to patronage they dictated how resources wud b dispersed. Patronage is th root of all evil nd lack of respect and discipline.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 14:02

      Thando mandikuvumele koluluvo lwakho. But what do you do to unite the organisation after the contestation is over? Members are suppose to support their candidate without anything in return. That is what pepertuates this factionalism. People are purged after all, and that keeps factionalism alive. That is what happens when you have an indebted leader.

      Thando - 2012-04-14 14:51

      Unfortunatly bcoz of its mass mobilisation th ANC was lax in its recriutmnt process. So th discipline nd respects was kinda lost in th process....thts y ndisithi these r historical facrs tht produce th ANC we hv 2dae. Its th onus of every membr 2 adhere to th policies nd constitution of th org. Ths is NOT a Zuma thing.....kudala ipatronage wasetyenziswa chief....

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 15:17

      Yes Thando it have been used long time ago. Can't we have a leader that will be bold enough whether you supported him or not not dish out patronage and do everything on merit as I believe we have got enough pool of capable people that can lead in government on merit. Why I say this is because if you are not on that faction no matter how capable you are you will be purged.

      Thando - 2012-04-14 15:55

      Let us b honest chief.....its a scramble for limited resources by cmrds. Instead of being people centred its self enrichmnt. Unless kubekho uhai kwi youth thn we r doomed. Thts y i differ wit Juju nd ilk bcoz abanaye uhai. Bayeke oZuma thy r old guard bona balungiselela abantwana babo njenge zinye iold guard. Let us stop it vehemently in our generation ths malaise chief. Frm our branches thina we speak out against corrupt practises.

  • Irene - 2012-04-14 15:06

    Don't worry about adapting anything Gwede Bokbaard. The cancer within your filthy organisation is busy eating away at it and very soon it will be all consumed. Too late for chemo because you've let it go too far. The ANC and it's supporters are nothing but pure filthy pondscum.

  • Mc - 2012-04-14 15:22

    Zuma is Dead Mantshe is Dead Malema is dead ANC is Dead

      Thando - 2012-04-14 15:24

      Yaaaaaaay nd ur alive....woaw thts so gr8.

      farmfreund - 2012-04-14 15:49

      I do understand your frastration with some racist remarks on the web, but this goes to both sides black and white, this is the only way by dialog to understand each other better,

  • Morama - 2012-04-14 16:55

    "If you want the ANC you joined some 40 years ago, you will not find it. You must adapt and adjust ANC to the current conditions. It is an organisation that is living. That is having the capacity to self-correct and cleans itself." Mantashe here is simply admitting to Dr Khoza's statements but unfortunately to their brainwashed supporters would be hard to understand...thank's god for having Black middle-class cz i don't see ANC winning the municipalities in the urban areas!!!

      Thando - 2012-04-14 22:01

      Well said Uncle Tom.......its as if we ddnt hv th middle class during th apartheid years....

  • Rob - 2012-04-14 17:28

    Maybe the anc is not dead, but the very fact that Matashe needs to say this brings hope to many that it is termina;lly ill. When will the wake be announced?

  • Vince.York - 2012-04-14 17:33

    The old anc struggled for legitimate change! SA has had that change - positively too - and begins to see the new anc for what it is (a pathetic racist "little" bunch of greedy crony cadres running back to tribalism in high indignation demanding respect and recognition as their rightful due all the way)! The anc has veered totally off track blinded by the misuse of public funds and shovelling ownership of previous state assets and related resources into their own deep pockets - SOON TO LOSE IT ALL as the country rectifies the wrongs! Goodbye anc, you were the most recent weakest link!

      Irene - 2012-04-14 22:14

      Jealous? Jealous of what small boy? Vince is most certainly not jealous of 'yo' spelling ability or lack of logic.

      Thando - 2012-04-14 22:53

      U jst felt th need 2 tlk sum crap Irene neh........

  • Johan - 2012-04-14 18:10

    Of course they have to change. First on the list - stop being corrupt!

  • Futhi - 2012-04-14 22:12

    I am not reading the SG to be saying when if you are looking for the ANC of 40years ago which was inspired by a yearning for freedom and equality I will not find it, it explains a lot.

      Thando - 2012-04-14 22:55

      Ingish plz.........wht u sayn?

  • Diaan - 2012-04-15 11:42

    Jaja, if you think some1 is racist , look at the AWB , and the PAC. Those are REAL bonafide racists

  • marie.smit.566 - 2012-10-11 05:40

    And do you expect the cANCer to believe, there is more to running a country, than putting your hand in the till? That's all they've done for the last 18 years, and they think they've done a splendid job!

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