ANC seeks consistent messages

2012-01-18 08:13

Cape Town - The ANC must communicate consistent messages at all times, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday after remarks made by treasurer Mathews Phosa at the weekend.

Party officials met on Monday and discussed, among other things, Phosa's statements made at the ANC's centenary celebrations in Limpopo, Mantashe said.

They agreed on "investing in the unity of this organisation".

"We further agreed that this will be achieved with the leadership of the ANC not sending different messages to the public."

Malema defence

At the Limpopo centenary rally in Sekhukhune this weekend, Phosa defended suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, saying the party was "no dustbin for comrades".

"I know Juju is worried about the [disciplinary appeal hearing], but I want to assure him that the ANC has no dustbin for comrades," he said, using Malema's nickname.

"If comrades make mistakes, we find a mechanism to address them," City Press quoted Phosa as saying.

It was the first time since Malema's five-year suspension from the ANC, announced in November last year, that one of the party's top six officials had defended him publicly.

Malema's appeal against his suspension is set to be heard next Monday.

Provinces under administration

Phosa also accused the government of "stealing" Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's powers after the Cabinet placed five of the province's departments under administration. This was done after the bankrupt province failed to pay service providers last year and asked for more money.

Phosa urged Mathale to bring the matter before the African National Congress.

"We would like to know, as the NEC, [national executive committee] the impact that this had on service delivery in the province in order for us to tell our government what can be done here and there," Phosa reportedly said.

Mantashe said it was "correct" for party leaders to "stay clear of the process" in the disciplinary case against Malema.

"If any of the national officials comment on a matter that is still pending it may be interpreted as trying to influence the outcome."

Mantashe said the meeting of the officials also reflected on comments made on placing some departments under national administration in Limpopo, the Free State and Gauteng.

"The decision taken by the national government of placing these departments under administration is an intervention that is meant to tighten government administration and this decision is supported by the findings of the auditor general," he said.

  • NrGx - 2012-01-18 08:23

    consistent messages??? why dont you first try to speak the truth, then you an "progress" to consistent messages. the only consistent messages you portray are those of racism and hate.

      Larry - 2012-01-18 09:22

      They would not know the truth if it jumped up and smacked them in the face. Better that they keep their mouths shut, because they are not very good at anything, including lying.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-18 10:33

      Maybe its just me but getting consistent message from a allaince of groups with glaring differences in political ideaology is going to be challenge let alone without a equal distribution of power. The ANC has to evolve into a political party with a clear directive and philosophy, not a movement or revolutionary organisation cobbled together for a different era.

      procold2 - 2012-01-18 11:30

      wonder if this a consistant message defending juju, JZ will come out tommorow and says Phoza was acting on his own and the ANC does not share the same view

  • Bob - 2012-01-18 08:36

    Thats the trouble with lying, you have to have a good memory and all stick to the same story ie "consistent messages", bunch of frikken crooks.

  • Mike - 2012-01-18 08:38

    They have no clue what consistency means! Starting at the top! Their motto: "A loyal supporter is a confused supporter!"

      Johan - 2012-01-18 09:07

      No, they know what consistency is....consistent anc crooks!

  • Mr C - 2012-01-18 08:57

    The only thing consistent about the ANC is that they consistently fail… plus it’s hard to be consistent when you’re lying so much!

  • Max - 2012-01-18 09:01

    Just imagine going through life being this must be a real challenge.

      Mr C - 2012-01-18 09:07

      for sure, Im surprised they dont fall over more often!

  • ubhejane - 2012-01-18 09:11

    And of course Phosa would defend Limpopo. He has made all his "money" in that province.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-18 09:20

    How about some criminal action against the corrupt ANC officials that stole TAX monies or repay the money lost due to mis-management back into the TAX payers pockets with a reduction in the petrol price or National toll fees. When you fight corruption and poverty , then we will start listening to your boring speeches. Damn the man. No dustbin for criminals only jail time.

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-18 12:24

      Anymore TAX payers want to strike ? Damn the man.

      duncan.cramer - 2012-01-23 15:32

      yeah. i'm with you. tax payers go on strike. no more tax to the man. and full accountability to all government employees plus lifestyle audits for all gov employees and their friend sand families. now that's job creation!

  • Sibo - 2012-01-18 09:21

    All I can say is look at the development in Limpopo...

      Albert - 2012-01-18 09:33


      Annelise - 2012-01-18 09:35

      @ Sibo. What development? Have you seen the rest of the country? With all the minerals there is in Limpopo it should be by far the fastest developing province in South Africa, but sadly it is always in the news because of negative instead of positive news.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 09:25

    ANC - Absolute No Capability

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-18 09:31

    Translation: We must produce consistent propaganda lest the cattle we milk figure out how much we are pocketing behind their backs.

  • Thabang - 2012-01-18 09:44

    Some Cdes in the ANC Leadership are rather confusing.Leading the poor,unfortunate lamb(JUJU) to the altar.JUJU-Some-JU is not indespensible,there are many capable,able,sane,disiplined young men and women in the ANC to take the whole country forward(politically,economically and otherwise.Unfortunately JUJU does not understand that he cannot always be right/correct in whatever debate he engage himself in,only GOD will,and always has been,and will always be.God bless!!!

  • Truthis - 2012-01-18 09:49

    ""If any of the national officials comment on a matter that is still pending it may be interpreted as trying to influence the outcome."" - Like your comments regarding 'JuJu'? Consistency fail!!!

  • Moses - 2012-01-18 09:52

    I was not expecting that from Mr Phosa. I mean top 6 NEC of ANC? Really

  • Julie - 2012-01-18 09:58

    Impact on service delivery!!! What service delivery?? The money was stolen. THE END

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-01-18 10:13

    Mnr Phosa - Jy skryf goed - in Afrikaans. Moet asseblief nie jou aansien bederf met hierdie soort snert nie. Jy behoort - ook in jou beroep as prokureur - te WEET dat Juju nie 'n aanwins vir 'n land, provinsie, party, dorp, gemeenskap of Pa en Ma KAN wees nie. Die ANC beleid is "Let us work together". Kom ons probeer liewer dit in stede van die Juju "ANC beleid". ASSEBLIEF!!

  • Donald - 2012-01-18 10:26

    Divisions... the beginning of the end

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-18 17:07

    and in turn the public seeks consistency from the ANC ! The right consistency that is.

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