ANC must restore discipline - Zuma

2012-01-08 19:48

Bloemfontein - The ANC in 2012 would take urgent and practical steps to restore core values and political discipline in the party, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

Delivering the ANC’s centenary January 8 statement, Zuma said the party would take various steps to renew and structure it for the future.

“We will take urgent and practical steps to restore the core values, stamp out factionalism and promote political discipline,” he said to applause.

Other aspects the party would look at was to revitalise its grass roots structures.

He urged South Africans to start a dialogue on the future of the country as the party prepared for its policy conference in June and its 53rd National Conference in December 2012. The debate should be based on a commitment to build a caring society that was truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and united in its diversity.

Zuma said the country needed urgent answers to aspects of unemployment, poverty and inequality. “Over the next decade, both the ANC and all organs of state, shall pay single-minded and undivided attention in order to overcome... challenges.”

He said the party would renew its internal systems and processes in order to prepare and produce new generations of leadership, whose integrity was unquestionable.

In the party statement, the ANC said it would also review its leadership election system to enhance internal democracy and credibility.

Thousands of ANC supporters from around the country made their way to Bloemfontein for the opportunity to participate in the party's 100th birthday bash at the Free State Stadium. 

Thousands turned away

The 48 000 capacity stadium was filled within an hour of opening, and several thousand people had to be turned away and referred to overflow areas at cricket stadiums next door, as well as a stage area at the Kings Park garden at Loch Logan.

Invited guests and VIPs, including members of the ANC leadership, and foreign heads of state joined the celebrations after 14:00. Notable guests included ANC stalwarts Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was also seated on the stage wearing his trademark beret and gold trimmed sunglasses. Former president Thabo Mbeki and Kathrada presented the centenary flame to Zuma and deputy-president Kgalema Motlanthe to be placed on the stage for the day and night.

The majority of ANC supporters had travelled from other provinces and had either been bused in or arrived by train. Some were angered after being denied entry.

"We didn't come all this way to be standing outside the stadium or in overflow areas," said an angry woman clutching a gate. Mehmood Hansa, 44, said he drove all the way from Vereeniging in Gauteng with his two children, Adnaan, 11, Joseph, 13, and his 23-year-old nephew Sulaiman.

They were wearing black ANC T-shirts with a picture of his late father Dawood "Daddy" Hansa.

"He was the first Indian councillor in the Free State. He served in Parys," he said proudly. Zaphalala George Kenke, from Sharpeville, the site of the 1960 massacre, said he had arrived in Bloemfontein on Saturday night, but was still ready to party on Sunday.

“The organisation is being killed by individuals inside it. It is these people who are not informed of ANC policies, and are using it for their own personal issues.”

Green laser

Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man, his 14-year-old son, and their 22-year-old friend were arrested on Saturday night for pointing a green laser light at helicopters taking off from Bloemfontein Airport and Bloemspruit Air Force base.

The arrests followed an instruction by acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi on Thursday that a no-fly zone had been declared above Bloemfontein during the celebrations.

Police said the trio will be charged in terms of Section 133 of the Civil Aviation Act. 

In another Free State incident three people were arrested near Clarens following an ongoing service delivery protest on Sunday.

The unrest started on Friday when about a hundred community members from the Kgubetswana township started blockading roads with rocks and burning tyres, police spokesperson Mmako Mophiring said. Police managed to assist a kombi and a bus carrying passengers to the celebrations in Bloemfontein.

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2012-01-08 20:02

    Great start you made. Allowing malema to attend. Fine example. Remember actions speak louder than words!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 20:18

      Good luck Mr President - you are going to need it.

      Mike - 2012-01-08 20:44

      Come on Kevin, I never laughed so much than this weekend in my life!! Must be the series win over the Lankis I think? Judging by the organisation of this weekend for the bash, I know now exactly why SA is the way it is!!

      John - 2012-01-08 21:01

      When a person has got a God given brain, a person is responsible for his action's, and should apply his mind and not allow Long Words of Lies or Greed to deceive him. There is No Excuse for being a member of the ANC, Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide, killing South Africans and destroying South Africa since 1957.

      mashavha - 2012-01-08 21:05

      @Kevin wait and see what will happen to that moron,slow poison he will feel the pinch soon

      Boer - 2012-01-08 22:16

      Zuma should start by getting rid of himself and the Anc.

      John - 2012-01-09 05:37

      @John. Please, come up with something new, your cut and pasted rhetoric appears on every thread daily. We should collectively be devising a strategy of informing the uneducated that by blindly voting for the cANCer in every election, is not going to change their lot in life. We need to find someone who can lead constructively to make this nation what it should be. I hate as much as anybody else what is going on right now but slamming insults at each other is not going to help.

  • Power - 2012-01-08 20:02

    What is their idea of discipline ?? You are not allowed to say anything about anything that is wrong in the party ?? Why can't they DO something and not only talk and use fancy words ?? (Do something about : Corruption, incompetence, etc. ?? which everybody can see??

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  • Trevor - 2012-01-08 20:07

    8.00pm news on ETV.....don't we in the CAPE love the SOUTH's raining in BLOEMFONTEIN....hope the ANC...bought umbrellas for the NATION.

  • Robi - 2012-01-08 20:13

    To discipline who? If they are not discipline themselves how can they discipline other people. ANC is infected with amuno dificiency corruption and antiretroviral corruption must be prescribed. To denied former president to speak is corruption.

      Peter - 2012-01-08 23:23

      @Robi: appologies! I don't usually mis-read subtle-blend sarcasm...

      phumlanii - 2012-01-09 08:20

      Maybe the former president didn't want to have a speech. We can't make any speculations.

  • Robi - 2012-01-08 20:18

    Tired of the leader always reading from the script like actors without applying his own mind

      Phil - 2012-01-08 20:23

      His memory is like a fish, a few seconds. That's why he don't even look up. Or maybe he is ashamed to look up.

      Mike - 2012-01-08 20:50

      Ever saw him having two words without reading it? Check next time!!

      Eish - 2012-01-09 00:42

      Common sense cannot be outsourced

  • StarStruck - 2012-01-08 20:23

    Service delivery protests, no big suprise there. I am sure that the ANC will be making progress from now till election time. Always has and always will.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-08 20:23

    Boring uninspiring speech. You forgot to mention that the ANC leadership reached the lowest point during your term. You lack the intellectual prowess of great leaders like Thabo Mbeki, under whom the ANC reached its highest point, both in terms of perfomance and popularity. I cannot wait for you to be removed in Mangaung. I hope this is your last boring speech.

      Robi - 2012-01-08 20:41

      I agree with you Vegi. It was like a pupil reading from a written debate topic which he does not understand, reading for reading sake

  • GoodFella - 2012-01-08 20:28

    Shame the other ±52,000 had to be turned away! I wonder if they got doggie-bags?!

      Mike - 2012-01-08 20:51

      Nope, it was plain and not toasted like the "sammies" expected in Limpopo! So they threw it on the streets!

  • Vegi - 2012-01-08 20:31

    "Some were angered at being denied entry" - very dump reporting on the part of News24. Were these people denied entry or was the stadium full. You always desire to insert a controversial flavour on very innocent details.

      Mike - 2012-01-08 20:53

      At Veqi (again)!: "If I have a party at my house which can only accommodate 20 people max, do I invite 50?" It's called "LOGIC"!

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-08 21:23

      @vegi - get off your chinese masters's computer. you littering this forum with your stupidity!

  • Greg - 2012-01-08 20:41

    Strange... Motlanthe toasts unity, Zuma wants to restore unity(?)

      John - 2012-01-09 05:59

      PilgrimX. By the time it was speech and congratulations time they were all Pi$$ed on the champagne that others didn't get.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-08 20:44

    Self-organisation and discipline is necessary to meet the need to take ownership over our struggles without the mediation of those who claim to speak for Africans.

      Rob - 2012-01-08 22:18

      Graziella: Order and discipline certainly is essential to deliver positive outcomes from a plan. But limiting ideas and dialogue in the belief that diversity of opinion is damaging amounts to flirting with totalitarianism. You mention the need for mediation, indicating that you believe that there are conflicts, but why on earth are you so arrogant to not want to use the best minds possible in order to find solutions.

      Blade - 2012-01-09 13:46

      Can you ever post a comment without the word struggle in it?

  • Robi - 2012-01-08 20:55

    Parading JZ during centenary showed that ANC is run by power mongers. Zuma is not leader alone and there were leaders before him. Clearly showed that organizers are not silent about Mangaung election. Indirectly they are campaigning for Zuma re election They know that as long as JZ is there they can always loot the state and denied basic services to the poor. Even the role given to Deputy president of ANC raises more question. The purpose of Centenary was to parade JZ.

      Hendrick - 2012-01-11 09:36

      the purpose of the centenary was to celebrate the first 100 years of the existence of the ANC. to pay tribute to those men and women who came before us. to salute them and thank them for taking the time and the trouble to stand up to the colonial forces of racism and exploitation. i salute the anc on achieving a milestone, reaching its 100th year of existence where many organizations have failed.

  • Robert - 2012-01-08 21:06

    Ja well no fyn - now you have blown R400 million on a celebrity "piss-up" you gonna make things right? Pull the other one - its got bells on it!

  • Mzeen - 2012-01-08 22:11

    Qina ANC QINA ! ! Long Live People's Selfless Struggle Movement Long Live ! Forward SA Forward ! The self righteous critics, whom critics anything and everything for the sake of it, my wish in 2012 is that they may excuse themselves in our beloved SA, to they desired destinations.Us patriotic People of Mzansi will take this country forward, o greater heights. Amandla to non racial, non sexist country !

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-08 23:44

    Jacob Zuma once said 2011 is the year of job creation now he is backtracking and saying the country needed urgent answers to aspects of unemployment no ideas to create jobs

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-01-08 23:53

    I just feel proud to be black South African and associate myself with ANC.JUDGING WHITE'S NEGATIVE COMMENTS HERE DAILY AGAINST ANC OR MALEMA...I clearly see stupidity and lack of ability to reason properly! now I'm no longer confused about failure of DA in producing competitive policies that might be attractive to the masses. You only capable of painting others as corrupt and inferior,something you inherited from apartheid - BUT I MUST STATE THAT YOU NOT RACISTS RATHER EXTREME BLOTERS AND INTELLECTUALY DESPERATE IN NATURE. Prove me wrong,No insults/accusations.

      oscar.manamela - 2012-01-09 11:06

      Leko,because they are white they think they are better than us, we are black not stupid, I applaude those whites who have no colour issues, JZ just offered a speech over the weekend and they are already calling him a talk but no action, give the man a break

  • Sean - 2012-01-09 02:43

    Restoring values begins at the top of the ladder!!!!

  • Eduard - 2012-01-09 02:56

    you see....there JZ goes again, too much talk and no action. typical!!!! Everyone can see what must be done, but nothing gets is cheap

  • phumlanii - 2012-01-09 08:28

    Zuma needs the support of all South African citizens irrispective of gender, colour or race. Why can't we can all unite against corrucption and alleviate poverty and unemployment rate and make South Africa a better place? Can we stop pointing fingures at blacks and blacks at whites. Why can't we agree and come up with and objective solutions?

      Eduard - 2012-01-09 09:04

      I support this 100%.....unfortunately there is a perception that government officials/ high ranks in political parties have the right to funds and what ever else.....this needs to stop. The law is the law and no matter who breaks it, that indivudual takes the responsibiltiy for his/ her actions and need to follow the process. Every time "something bad" is uncovered, SA initiate court case, suspend people with pay and what ever else (even when the crime is as clear as day light. That all cost money and takes time and you what, SA doesn't learn (because the people don't get properly disciplined or punished and guess what, it happens again and again. SA can use the money somewhere else, like education, health care, infrastructure, take care of the old, medical research (HIV, TB, cancer....).

  • Ellamyn - 2012-01-09 08:30

    Zuma,discipline should start with you first.Stop sleeping around....And stop lying to the people.Pity you can't read......

  • Patrick - 2012-01-09 09:11


  • Thulani - 2012-01-09 11:21

    all these whites calling for President to be ousted in Mangaung, I just hope you know what you are asking for. The man is basically being accused of protecting white interests and this is how you repay him.The person who wins in Mangaung is Juju if Zuma loses. Good luck guys I hope your wishes come true to make you happy.

      Eduard - 2012-01-09 12:13

      @ Thulani....dont you get it??????? 1. Do you pay tax? 2. Do you like to see how, instead of building the country, SA have R400m parties, new cars for MP every now and then, how many extras and houses, outragous hotel/ travel bills and the list goes on, 3. Do you like to see the MP's friends get the contracts, instead of competent companies in SA 4. I was reading an article that Malema is making a clothing range, but in China. Why not in SA? 5. Still not getting it??? 6. SA has a future and it is in the youth, but the officials in charge needs to keep building (schools,universities, hospitals, roads, rail ways.....and the list goes on). So what have they done to help SA prosper? 7. Be honest with yourself, SA can do a lot better, you know it!!! 8. SA can be a powerhouse in Africa, but we are loosing our touch, because of "in-fighting" you agree?

  • Raul - 2012-01-09 14:36

    "Over the next decade, both the ANC and all organs of state, shall pay single-minded and undivided attention in order to overcome... challenges" What have they said in the previous two decades? "Over the next two decades decades let's have a free for all party and enrich ourselves?" He must be very dumb to realise after 18 years, that there are chalenges

  • senseofeuphoria - 2012-01-09 15:48

    His soap box speech is "too little too late"

  • Linda - 2012-01-11 04:03

    olukaMageba bahlali baseMzansi- kukhona into engingayithandi la kwaNews24. Asisizani futhi asakhani. inkulumo zethu njalo ziyabhidlisa futhi zicwasana ngokwebala. uyazi kuba nzima ngisho ukusekela omunye umu ephefumula ngoba ulimi lusuke seludungekile. uyabona mina ngiyiqabane lokuqina kodwa ziningi izinto engicabanga ukuthi singazilungisa njengoKhongolose kodwa angeke nanini ngisho la ngoba abantu abafuni ukwakha. bafuna sihlale silwa. imbi kabi leyonto.

  • Hendrick - 2012-01-11 09:24

    Humanity should not forget the role that the ANC played in freeing the oppressed. today it feels good indeed to be free.

  • lunghile.ndleve - 2012-01-17 16:39

    Yes Mr. President, please restore discipline.. And please don't leave any stone un-turned, even it means you make history and be the 1st President to fire himself!!!

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