ANC working on 'unwanted tendencies'

2012-03-01 21:06

Pretoria - The ANC's political school was the answer to "unwanted tendencies" within the ruling party, political subcommittee chairperson Tony Yengeni said on Thursday.

Speaking as the African National Congress's leadership attended a three-day political school in Centurion, Yengeni said the school would become a way of life for members.

"It will decrease unwanted tendencies [in how members work and live] and [ensure that] all members are guided by the principles, values and objectives of the ANC."

Yengeni said the political school would soon be a prerequisite for party members and leaders. Those who were "deployed" would be required to go through the programme to learn what the ANC stood for.

"It will ensure that individual members have their political consciousness increased, so that you know how to behave as a member, and as a leader and you know how to lead."

Asked how the political school could have helped expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, Yengeni - reportedly a Malema supporter - said he was not qualified to comment on disciplinary issues.

However, he said it would benefit members and arm them with skills to distinguish between right and wrong.

"It is extremely important, especially for members coming into the ranks, so there's no excuses given later that 'I didn't know'," he said.

"You should know the wrongs and rights. They are all spelt out in the constitutions and in various policy documents of the ANC."

Yengeni said individual members, including those from the ANCYL, would be obliged to attend the political school to learn about the party's history, policies and constitution. Those who stepped out of line would be given individual attention.

ANC leaders would be educated on the party's history and made to understand its relationship with the league.

During Malema's disciplinary hearing he and other league officials argued the league was autonomous, while ANC leaders emphasised it could not be separated from the ANC. P

resident Jacob Zuma said on February 23 that the league was not a "spare wheel", but an integral part of the ANC.

On Wednesday night, the ANC's national disciplinary committee announced Malema had been expelled from the ruling party.

His secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu were suspended. They had two weeks to appeal the decision. In a brief statement on Wednesday, the ANC said it accepted and respected the decision to expel the firebrand youth leader.

Malema, who was recently referred to as the "chief commander of economic freedom", was found guilty of sowing division in the ANC and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-01 21:17

    The ANC is an unwanted tendency. Proper education will get rid of them.

      Matanje - 2012-03-01 21:51

      Yengeni must go get to be the first student there. And I will lecture him on what it ought to be for a member of the ANC without fingers in cookie jars! I mean: no kick-backs from foreign companies selling even more foreign war materiel for and otherwise peace-loving South African Nation!

      Seja - 2012-03-02 06:47

      They will be lectured on ANC eating dynamics 101: You cannot eat and talk at the same time! ... i.e dont go around preaching anti-corruption and economic freedom and change of presidents then score yourself multi-million gov tenders undercover. You either do one or the other!

      Merven - 2012-03-02 07:37

      'all members are guided by the principles' There is the first problem, the ANC don't have any principles.

  • Cracker - 2012-03-01 21:23

    As long as the school supports you it must be gratifying.

  • Donovan - 2012-03-01 21:24

    "Principles, values and objectives". What would this criminal know about principles or values? And by 'objectives', we can surmise he means rob, loot, steal and take.

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-03-01 21:26

    Wasn't 'Comrade Tony' also in jail for less than honest behaviour? Does that mean that corruption is not an unwanted tendency in the ANC? Explains a lot!

      Dennis - 2012-03-02 07:06

      No Thanda, corruption is a subject !!

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-01 21:32

    Too late....

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-01 21:37

    The difference 'between right and wrong' is so flexible in govt squircles. 3 days cannot possibly be enough to iron out all the nuances.

  • Simon - 2012-03-01 21:45

    Tony Yengeni, convicted fraudster and serial criminal, is in charge of the ANC political school. Does anyone else see the probelm here?

  • Sean - 2012-03-01 21:51

    In other words,political indoctrination centre

  • Mboneni - 2012-03-01 22:26

    The unwanted tendencies developed when leaders like Jacob Zuma are pronounced to have corrupt relationship with Schabir Shaik, a political solution was found and the ANC is expected to be consistent as they have set a precedent.Disciplinary processes must be applied fairly and equally to all members of the ANc

      Sterling - 2012-03-02 08:10

      This is sad having Tony in charge of this school is a slap in the face of all deceny South Africans.

  • Comrade - 2012-03-01 22:27

    LOL...YENGENI ??? the criminal convicted of FRAUD??? ... you must be JOKING!!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-01 23:59

    LOL, what the fools (leaders) in the ANC dont get, is that the unwanted tendencies stem from corruption and incompetence. Your silly political school is headed by someone that spent time in jail for corruption. Eish, ANC. Wake the f*** up.

  • Irene - 2012-03-02 00:28

    Toni-the-criminal-Yengeni needs to head this up. They need training on how to be corrupt and steal without being caught and when they do get caught, how to get their comrades to carry them into jail like a celebrity. What a disgrace, but then it is to be expected from ANCancer.

  • braamc - 2012-03-02 01:44

    Try to be on time and not sleep in class, like you do in Parliament

  • lhfick - 2012-03-02 02:19

    School? Why is Tony Yengeni still in the anc after what he did?

  • Wesley - 2012-03-02 05:06

    Yengeni will be the principal, subjects like "How not to be caugt for coruption" is the main subject.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-03-02 06:22

    Arm them with skills to distinguish right from wrong!!! Seriously??? Unbelievable!!! Laughable!!

  • Roche Enslin - 2012-03-02 06:32

    Yengeni is still in the ANC??? and getting paid by them. it seems Jacob Zuma is the head of a crime syndicate fronting a government.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-02 06:54

    Yengeni Is an unwanted racist tendency, just another one in the ANC

  • Frikkie - 2012-03-02 07:05

    Ha ha, a school for fools... with a 20% passmark and 5% pass rate.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 10:45

    Is Yengeni going to teach them how to survive in prison or how to get away with violating bail conditions? The ruling party has some WONDERFUL role models!

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