ANC must 'keep in touch with grassroots'

2011-06-02 20:05

Johannesburg - The ANC has to maintain its links with the people on the ground, ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete said on Thursday.

"I think some things very clearly relate to how we must tighten up our... link to the ground," she said at the National Union of Mineworkers central committee meeting in Boksburg.

Mbete told delegates that after the local government elections, the ANC had analysed the results to determine what messages communities were sending to the party.

"We really thought we need to listen very carefully to what our people are saying," she said.

"We need mechanisms to keep us in touch."

She said it was "not nice" to go to people ahead of elections and hear them say: "We last saw you just before the last election."

"The door to door campaign must not be reserved only for the last three months before the election," she said.

"Its very important to us... To always be kept sober about the reality on the ground."

She said the party had to conduct door-to-door visits on an ongoing basis.

The problems ANC members faced with the list process ahead of the polls was also being tackled.

A task team was already at work trying to resolve those problems, she said.

Mbete said the elections were over, but a lot of hard work lay ahead.

"We want to understand how we lost some of the communities that have always been our strongholds," she said, citing Riverlea as an example.

She told delegates that independent research commissioned by the party into the results showed that the ANC had in some ways, performed better than "what we hear in the public media".

Mbete was speaking at a gathering of the union on the East Rand.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-06-02 20:22

    Hehehehe - seems the ANC are trying to create a clean-up, despite denying that it lost votes. Their only hope is at grassroot level - the overall majority of the educated have seen the ANC for what it is: A gathering of connected comrades enriching themselves at the expense of the country as a whole.

  • eugene smit - 2011-06-02 21:13

    With a supporter base with an average IQ of 90 (Not a joke by the way) They could say anything. The masses would always blindly follow them, as proven in Africa for many years even if they die of hunger and inevitable genocide. They have always had a clear position, and for +-50 years always told the black people of South Africa through their communist influences (Most wont know Mandela was a communist because you are uneducated) that the white man is the enemy and the reason for their struggle. (Yet they had cars, schools and work) And if they should take from the white man all his possessions would be theirs, even the houses they cleaned. Because the white man is a "Thief" They masses are being used to gain control for the "top comrades" I.E Malema ans. So that they could pave a way for communism to own South- Africa (As they own most of Africa) which is one of the worlds most strategic fronts to the west. Once again, most of you wont know this because you sit in front of the TV being fed propaganda and worldly views accepting everything as the truth. Like sheep you are being lead to the slaughter, Did Malema not sing "Kill the boer kill the farmer" "Did Mandela not sing one bullet one boer""did he not say some ppl you need to send to heaven to leave their land" Did Malema not go to Zimbabwe to say they support the taking of the farms from the boers" Did he not say they would do the same in SA? By the way..."The Boer" is you and the people you love!

  • Steve Wonderboy - 2011-06-02 21:14

    Don't know how they are ever going to manage that, sitting up there in their ivory towers.

  • Sage - 2011-06-02 21:29

    "Talk is cheap, but money buys the whisky" This is the same retrospective rhetoric that the ANC spews after every election when they are found wanting. But as per every previous election it always comes to nought. Simply more hot air from the biggest non-producing consumers (of our tax money) on the planet.

  • Nuraq - 2011-06-03 08:33

    Less yada yada, more ching ching. Stop talking and show us the money!

  • AfrikaTsoga - 2011-06-05 23:02

    After 17 years you only realize now that you have to give attention to the voters (the people) at ground! You think it's not "nice" to be seen at our doors every election! I say it is the utmost disrespect that permeates the mentality of all ANC leadership.

  • edvermaak - 2011-06-05 23:42

    Grassroots. Uuh Cough. How juvenile... grassroots? Get with it ANC. You need huge friggin roots to fix what you have screwed up.

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  • Lulama - 2011-06-06 07:26

    100% agree with you Baleka Mbethe. ANC mustn't forget its grassroots otherwise more votes will be lost. Keep your promises and you must also do a follow up on everything, especial when giving tenders. We need to see a change now especial in rural ereas.

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