ANC to tackle 'crisis of credibility'

2012-06-21 21:32

Johannesburg - The ANC recognises it is facing a "crisis of credibility" and needs to find a solution at its policy conference next week.

The ANC’s 52nd National Conference in Polokwane in 2007 identified the organisational renewal of the party as critical to its survival.

Renewal was again discussed at the ANC's 2010 national general council, where it resolved "that decisive steps must be taken to reverse negative tendencies that are eroding the political integrity and moral standing of the ANC among our people".

The 2012 discussion document "Organisational renewal: Building the ANC as a movement for transformation and a strategic centre of power" continues this debate.

According to the ANC's strategy and tactics paper, although the party has reflected on the fact that it is facing a "crisis of credibility", it has not yet found a solution.

"And yet, we have not succeeded in effectively dealing with factionalism and ill-discipline. Mangaung must be a turning point, because unless we halt the decay, we will soon reach a stage where it becomes irreversible."

The ANC needed to change from a resistance movement that led the struggle to overthrow apartheid, to a "transformative movement and effective governing party that succeeds in building a developmental state, deepening democracy and effecting fundamental socio-economic transformation of our society".

Current phase of the revolution

The document identifies three main organisational weaknesses - the erosion of the ANC's values; in-fighting and factionalism to the detriment of service delivery; and organisational capabilities that do not match the demands of the current phase of the revolution.

The paper proposes a decade-long programme of action to deal with these problems, including building the ANC’s capability to act as the strategic centre of power.

It needed to lead social movements to change the legacy of apartheid colonialism and overcome the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequalities.

The party had to revitalise its grassroots structures and focus on the problems of the masses.

The ANC had to fast-track its large-scale infrastructure development and enhance the capacity of the state to intervene in key sectors of the economy in pursuit of higher growth rates, employment creation and broad-based empowerment.

The document also calls for urgent steps to "restore the core values, stem [sic] out factionalism and promote political discipline".

The ANC will meet in Midrand for four days, starting on Tuesday, to discuss 13 policy documents ahead of its national conference in December.

The policy decisions made at the policy conference will then be discussed and finalised at the national conference in Mangaung, Free State, in December.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-21 21:42

    In the new South Africa we now got the dictatorship of the party just like in the old USSR. Every SA president now continuously has to look over his shoulder because in essence the party emasculates him (not the painting). LOL!

  • Phepishi - 2012-06-21 21:48

    Documents after document but corruption is still on the rise. Should we take you serious?

      Press - 2012-06-22 01:18

      Ja - ANC why dont you stop doing revolutions and rather concentrate on clean governance and service delivery to the people who pay your salaries . . the only revolutions you should be doing is with a spade to install services and build our infrastructure . . . Scary to see what has happened to this organisation that once bestrode the moral high ground - now trying to be friends with every single human rights abuser backwater government of the universe - its like we once drove a Rolls Royce and now you want to convince your subjects that a 1930's Trabant is better. You are going to look like an idiot trying to sell the message . . . .

  • Boy - 2012-06-21 21:49

    Credibility is like respect,,,,you have to earn it, and once you've lost it, will take double as much effort to regain it to the same level it was before you've lost it.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-21 21:51

    Too late, try again after 50 years.

  • Staalburger - 2012-06-21 21:56

    I have a great tip to improve your credibility: break all bonds with the ANCYL, or get someone with even a small amount of common sense to be the face/spokes person. Tha last two, Malema and Lamola, is destroying the credibility and image of the ANC as a whole.

  • matsi.makoro - 2012-06-21 22:01

    Uhm n dey stil can't find the solution?well I can point one,the ANC nids a face,the current crop of leadership is clearly not working.more than half de people hav no respect for the words of The arch Bishop Zuma nor the ANC do no represent me

  • bernpm - 2012-06-21 22:04

    "The ANC will meet in Midrand for four days, starting on Tuesday, to discuss 13 policy documents ahead of its national conference in December." How about going to Polokwane and distribute school books instead????

      hugh.olphart - 2012-06-22 09:51

      No, that sounds like work.

  • sello.papo - 2012-06-21 22:06

    ANC should go back to the basic, back to the roots, to fight for poor people, redeeming them from poverty and bringing back to the poor what has been stolen. If the organisation want to reverse the credibility to itself and serving this society with integrity it must get rid of hooligans from the organisation. Zuma and his allies are not helping situation but worsening it. We dont want faction in our organisation period.

      Irene - 2012-06-21 23:18

      What was stolen Sello? The taxpayers money is what your thieving comrades took from YOU!

      Warmonger - 2012-06-22 08:15

      ...and Murder. We know

      Danny - 2012-06-22 11:20

      Said the former Zuma supporter no doubt...

      Sharon - 2012-06-22 16:30

      phutu papo lay off the ijuba it clouds your only brain cell

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-06-21 22:06

    South Africa am warning you!!!we are sitting on a ticking time bomb....somthing is got to give either we need to find means for a robust economic debate where radical policy decisions will be made to adress youth unemployment(like nationalisation and land redistribution) or we are heading for a Zimbabwe like civil war!!!my two cent worth!!There will come a time where we wont listen to the ANC anymore!!

      Billy - 2012-06-21 22:21

      "radical policy decisions will be made to adress youth unemployment(like nationalisation and land redistribution)" how do you connect youth unemployment to nationalisation and land redistribution?

      tobydt - 2012-06-21 22:32

      'Economic transformation' is merely the ANC trying to divert attention away from their own incompetence and corruption, and trying to blame the white man.

      tobydt - 2012-06-21 22:34

      In all honesty, I dont see how distributing the farms of 40,000 people to 18,000,000 will fix anything. But then again, I guess you have to be a thinker to realise this.

      Irene - 2012-06-21 23:20

      Eish Tumisang, please don't be telling us that you think you'll be rich if anything is nationalised? What has your corrupt cANCer done for you in the past 18 years? Zip, nothing, zilch and you still think they'll do anything more for you? OPEN YOUR EYES! CLEAR YOUR BRAIN! THINK!

      mavis.maphosa.7 - 2012-06-22 06:19

      The way how it is happening in SA is exactly what we used to see in Zimbabwe. We never think that Zimbabwe will be what it is today. That country was a bread basket. Looking at how fast thing are happening in SA there is no difference at all. When you tell South Africans about this they will never agree but wait and see. Corruption destroyed our continent - AFRICA.

      Danny - 2012-06-22 11:21

      Hey dumbo. Zim is where it is BECAUSE of nationalisation and land redistribution. Idiot.

      Handle - 2012-06-22 16:43

      The time has come.

      Press - 2012-06-23 15:08

      Why doesnt the ANCYL consider something really radical - changing the labour laws to unshackle small bussiness . . . or is that tooo radical for you

  • Issa - 2012-06-21 22:17

    ANC to me is not a political party but a movement - not the problem this movement is lacking is that its cadres are buzy accumulating millions while many of us are sleeping with hunger.

      Irene - 2012-06-21 23:21

      A movement belongs in the toilet. Time to flush the cANCer.

      Sharon - 2012-06-22 16:31

      yes they are a movement,moving from one pile of money to the next

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-21 22:20

    And the goon show goes on. LOL!

  • Billy - 2012-06-21 22:22

    yea what ever, start at the top...

  • Staalburger - 2012-06-21 22:30

    @Tumisang, did you know that the guy who you are following made MEDICAL HISTORY? He is the first person able to speak without a brain. Impressive stuff! The sad thing is you are singing his tune. Wow, and Zim is now an awesome country...NOT!

  • tobydt - 2012-06-21 22:31

    LOL, elections must be around the corner.

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-06-21 22:32

    Give the ANC a bells for Stuffing up big time!! Greed, incompetance, corruption, lack of leadership....

  • tobydt - 2012-06-21 22:38

    The ANC is busy imploding.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-21 22:49

    You want credibility,,, start by NOT stealing our hard earned tax money. The ANC stands only to line the pockets of individuals that have abit of power, who actually don't give a cr@p about the real people out there. They are nothing but a bunch of thieving, low life scumbags. Its not what they can give,,its what they can get. And these fother muckers are smiling all the way to the bank. Sies julle maak my siek.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-21 22:51

    What a bunch of incompetent lying cheating corrupt rotten lot the ANC has turned out to be !! They have ZERO credibility and will self destruct!!

  • allen.bullard.9 - 2012-06-21 22:55

    Second verse...same as the first

  • Irene - 2012-06-21 23:42

    Credibility? LOL! They're so hell bent on keeping kids uneducated that they won't even accept the DA's help in delivery the text books.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-22 02:31

      True, keep them uneducated, then they will continue to vote for these pumpkin seeds. That's the ANC way.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-06-22 00:35

    Lol the funny part is,billions got missing and no one is arrested or even being held accountable. You are the biggest joke in the world. You don't need no Zapiro or nandos. You just need to be yourselves

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-22 00:36

    Shame on u the election is around the corner u the thief,when u'r busy destroying LIMPOPO youth by not delivering text books to their schools,i wonder who's responsibly of this mess must be arrested!!

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-22 05:34

    Greed will always selfconsume, that is one of the laws of nature. Unless the anc repent their ways and correct what wrongs they have done there will be no redemption for them.

  • B.b. - 2012-06-22 05:56

    I'm an ANC loyal member,,,comrades let them bark, srceam, shout, mumble, and so on and so on and stuff like that,,,for us to do, as comrades, is to remain loyal to the party (ANC),,,when we are fighting, enemies become happy and even show support to those who show the potential of bringing the party apart. They talk as if they have sympathy with our members,,,Noooooo,,,,,amandla!

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-22 06:04

      There is none so blind as he who will not see. Putting your prejudices aside for a moment, are you really and truly happy with the way the ANC is running the country?

      Clifford Thompson - 2012-06-22 06:43

      The biggest enemy of the ANC, is the ANC itself.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-22 07:49

      The screaming, shouting and mumbling is happening right within the ANC. Those on the outside are cheering you on. The ANC is destroying itself from within. The Midrand Conference is going to another talkshop, while Mangaung is going to be about who gets what position and how to grab tenders and enrich self, as well as give crumbs (social grants) to the voters to appease them. This while other parties will be discussing how to institute good governance, consolidate their support and capitalise on the ANC,s glaring failures and incompetence. Viva! ANC Viva!

      Danny - 2012-06-22 11:29

      @themba +10 china...

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-22 05:58

    Seems that the biggest problem that the ANC has is that it is associated with a trade union movement. As a freedom fighter that is smart. As the ruling party in government, not so. If the ANC has the courage, they should cut ties with the SACP and Cosatu so that they have a single, focused policy document. Right now they have too many people and organisations across the political divide to please and suck up to. Maybe then they can behave like statesmen and not struggle comrades. A struggle comrade will take care of his lying, thieving colleagues. A statesman will fire imcompetents and put the needs of the economy and voters first.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-22 06:41

    The best solution : just dissolve the ANC.

  • rynette.moller - 2012-06-22 06:50

    What? Did they dare use the word credibility? LOL....they must first look it up in the dictionary I think.

  • herman.heil - 2012-06-22 06:53

    I have not heard one positive thing about the corrupt and criminal anc in many years, credibility? You are bancrupt anc, you have no credit available.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-22 07:18

    anc lost their credibility the day mbeki uttered the words: "there is no such thing as aids" and dr garlic made her now infamous speach on how to treat the aids virus...all went into a blackhole (literally ) from there

  • braamc - 2012-06-22 07:33

    Crisis, what crisis?

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-22 07:33

    "And yet, we have not succeeded in effectively dealing with factionalism and ill-discipline. Mangaung must be a turning point, because unless we halt the decay, we will soon reach a stage where it becomes irreversible." Yep, the decay is irreversible! Agreed! And it will take more than a PR exercise to restore credibility.To "...reverse negative tendencies that are eroding the political integrity and moral standing of the ANC" is way beyond the capabilities of the current ANC leadership infested as they are with values driven by a power-hungry, a-moral, self-enriching and self-serving elite of racists that has no clue of democracy unless it's the marxist version. They are an anachronism and to embark on organisational renewal will require an incision of such magnitude which will be resisted by the current leadership because they just have no clue. Not much hope at all.

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-06-22 08:04

    The ANC fears itself. It was once that some where shunned by the party...I think now the corridors of Luthuli House is a cold,cold place for those with the Mandela School of Democratic Thought. South Africa is at war. With itself. And the prize is the country itself.

  • Chibuli - 2012-06-22 08:28

    ANC admits it lacks credibility? No kidding? We've been telling them that for 18 years.

  • berni.venter - 2012-06-22 08:28

    Why is the ANC still using words like STRUGGLE and REVOLUTION? Thought we were a democracy? Maybe that's the fundamental problem... This is 2012 not 1972 last time I checked. Then again, no "liberation" movement lasts more than 20 years... Tick tock tick tock...

  • ashwin.leckram - 2012-06-22 09:13

    What is this discussion going to cost us, as taxpayers? What is the cost of the the commission thats going to be set up, cost us? The greed and ineptitude of the new ANC is the problem. Step down. There, I sorted out the problem. No charge.

  • Pro - 2012-06-22 09:19

    As long as the ANC sides with the ANCYL, it will have no credibility.

  • Pro - 2012-06-22 10:02

    Also, to all the blacks that sides with the are trying to create a second Zimbabwe that will cause unemployment on a scale never seen before. You think you are having trouble now getting employment. Imagine the only African country that is still creating employment going the same route as Zimbabwe. We are the only shining light on this dark continent, and you IDIOTS want to switch it off.

  • Danny - 2012-06-22 11:13

    "And yet, we have not succeeded in effectively dealing with factionalism and ill-discipline. Mangaung must be a turning point, because unless we halt the decay, we will soon reach a stage where it becomes irreversible." Too late you c**ts....

  • Sean - 2012-06-22 11:30

    You want credibility...? Start by putting Zuma in court over the Arms Deal and show the country you are serious about getting rid of the weeds. If he is clean, move on...if not, replace him immediately, without a golden handshake.

  • johnny.arnold.167 - 2012-06-22 12:11 There is your credibility. Words from you mean nothing to me.

  • Handle - 2012-06-22 16:30


  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-25 20:33

    Promote political discipline?......are you sh*****g me?

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-25 20:35

    Large scale infrastructure?.....Code for....I need more money.

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