'Aloof' ANC will lose support - official

2012-03-10 22:49

Pietermaritzburg - A chasm between elected representatives and the public needs to be bridged, KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Saturday.

“We must combat the disease of the distance between the ANC leadership, its members and the people,” Zikalala told delegates at the elective conference of the Moses Mabhida Region in Howick.

If party members and leaders maintained an aloof attitude the African National Congress would lose public support and so delegates needed to remain in constant contact with people.

Bigger than the ANC

Zikalala also took aim at party leaders who he said thought they were bigger than the ANC, warning that life outside the ruling party was difficult.

“When people support you, it is not because of your popularity, but because of their love of this organisation.

"All those who thought they were bigger than the ANC are in the political wilderness today.”

He said United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa was one of those who thought they were bigger than the ruling party.

Zikalala condemned the emergence of members who were only interested in voting without making other contributions, especially on policy formulation.

“How many of us as delegates are ready to make an input on the policy of the friends, we must not just be voting delegates because history will judge us on this,” said Zikalala.

He called for unity in the ANC.

Good governance

In the last year, the region faced problems including the sit-in by disgruntled party members in the offices, infighting and allegations of nepotism in appointments in municipalities.

The regional leadership - chairperson Edward Dladla, secretary Super Zuma and treasurer Alpha Shelembe - have also been blamed for the near collapse of Msunduzi Municipality in 2010.

A intervention team and administrator were appointed to help the municipality.

Zikalala said focusing on good governance would send a positive message to the public on the ANC’s commitment to effective service delivery and clean governance.

  • Seth - 2012-03-10 23:07

    ANC sucks , if you are poor and vote for these chops then I don't know what you are complaining about . Cause your vote should show ? DA is the only party that can change south africa around there is nothing wrong with the contry if it can get the right people in power not fat people in suits.

      Glyn - 2012-03-11 07:53

      anc is should always be spelt using lower case letters! Go viral on this!!

  • Fanie - 2012-03-11 00:02

    Start with Welkom's councilors.

  • MichaelPayne - 2012-03-11 00:47

    Aloof or Adoof? Sorry I couldnt resist

  • Mantsho - 2012-03-11 00:59

    ANC time in power is limited,

      Glyn - 2012-03-11 07:58

      I agree! Get the anc out and let us get the country going! More jobs, more delivery, more pride in South Africa! Viva South Africa!

  • Sally Lewitt - 2012-03-11 01:16

    Oh No! I'd miss my Daily Soapie called THE PRIME TIME NEWS!

  • lhfick - 2012-03-11 01:36

    ANC is just a hole in the wall, our country is fast becoming a old black and white picture with no color in it. Let me give you an example. In their last news letter of the GEPF they said that they are making some good investments by using the members pension money and investing it in low cost housing projects. How stupid must you be to see that as a good investment?

  • tinasheclyve - 2012-03-11 02:33


  • Obakeng Molobi - 2012-03-11 02:40

    I'm sick and tired of reading about ANC and its quest 2 mend its ways. Can't we read about popcorns and goats 4 a change?

      John - 2012-03-11 06:01

      Obakeng, you are 100% right, I too am tired of reading shyte about the cANCer, so lets make a concerted effort to out vote them, spread the word.

  • Siyambuka Archibald Sikrweqe - 2012-03-11 07:10

    Seemingly this Zikalala doesn't knw why Holomisa was fired.. He was fired for for telling the truth

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-11 07:14

    I will ALWAYS vote ANC no matter what. Black people have jobs in good companies today bcoz of the blood of Chris Hani, Solomon Mahlangu, Griffiths Mxenge and others. If u want to know about the cruelty of white people and their government go to the Truth and Reconciliation website.

      Siyambuka Archibald Sikrweqe - 2012-03-11 07:24

      Your Anc is corrupt from the President to Youth league, some of black people have good jobs because of corruption

      liwhanet - 2012-03-11 07:47

      Listen to yourself Simthandile,I agree with Siyambuka, ANC is corrupt! Which is what got our country into this mess! Wake up, we need to appoint leaders who is willing to be honest toward all people, not in it to better themselves and leave every one else to suffer in a broken country! There are towns who have water issues for years, and what does anc do - throw parties worth millions of rands instead of giving the people clean water - which is their RIGHT! Instead the get muddy water when they open the tap... Ja let's all vote ANC and watch our countries leaders get fat and the rest of SA fall apart :(

      theo.crous - 2012-03-11 07:52

      @Mpondo It is FW De Klerk and other WHITE democracies around the world (through international sanctions) that ultimately got rid of the apartheid regime so please don't generalize! WHITE south Africans are not looking for another WHITE government but one that is greater than any particular race and most of all, UNITED! I'm not sure if the DA is the answer but I know the ANC is not!

      Mano-Lee - 2012-03-11 08:22

      @simthandile - if you want to read about the cruelty of black people and their goverment, just read the daily paper!!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 11:42

      Simthandile, your ANC is a bunch of incompetents who pull the wool over your eyes and you are gullible enough to let them. If you want to talk about cruel, how about starting with your own people first. Grow up.

      samantha.lister.09 - 2012-03-12 08:42

      Talk about voting without thinking. People like you vote out of loyalty for the "liberators". Apartheid ended because of sanctions, mainly. The Apartheid government couldn't handle debt! Please do some actual research, look around at the difference between the Western Cape and ANC run provinces and THEN form an opinion. You are blind if you think this government is healthy and right for a democratic, rainbow nation.

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-11 07:30

    I don't give a damn really. White people were corrupt too but u never got to hear about it bcoz country economics were never disclosed to black people. I was born in 1982 but I also experienced these people's cruelty in the 80's while I was in Primary School. I will never vote for a white dominated political party qha ke.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 08:06

      Same here Sim, was born in 1989, never really experienced Apartheid,and I don't want to, so I'll never ever vote for DA.

      Mano-Lee - 2012-03-11 08:31

      @simthandile - i experience the cruelty of the anc tendicies since 1994. I've been burgled 8 times, hijacked once, had my siblings murdered on seperate occasions, mugged once and had 7 car radios stolen. Just like your earlier leaders who forgave the afrikaner for apartheid, i do the same also because i believe in South Africa. Pity the anc features in all this

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-11 08:32

      Yup - I will also NEVER vote for a "White Dominated" party....but I WILL vote for a party which puts the PEOPLE of SA first....not themselves, as the ANC does. Lindiwe Mazibuku, and MANY others are changing the face of the DA very quickly......the ANC is losing support very quickly, and as people wake up to what they are NOT doing for you and I.

      Glyn - 2012-03-11 09:04

      That is right! You do not give a damn! That is why the anc will be voted OUT! Ha! Ha! The DA does give a damn! They care about all South Africans, even stupid anc supporters!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 11:46

      Simthandile, economics were published every year. What were they suppose to have done, bring the rapports to you personally?. You don't like white people, you are racist and that's that.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 11:47

      Simnikwe, a classic case of not being able to think for yourself.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-11 20:11

      DA can go commit suicide they'll never rule ds land!!!!!

      Mikkel - 2012-03-11 23:30

      Lol sour grapes MUCH? Stop trolling here you SEVEBE.

  • Tebogo Ngulube - 2012-03-11 07:54

    Your right Simthandile you can't vote for people who pretend. I don't know how white people can change this but truly speaking we are afraid of them, they are calling us this sort of names rather than teaching what they believe will uplift the country. Come youth day i don't understand only blacks celebrate youth day is not ANC day is youth day people.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-11 08:34

      Tebogo : Black and white look different. There are other differences too, but we all live in this world and in this country. We are all South Africans. Together we can be very strong. Just like black letters on white paper can be very powerful. Unfortunately the ANC focuses on and punctuates our differences in order that they can maintain political "power" for their own greedy purposes. Over the past seventeen years they have stolen RBillions from the people of S.A. They want to keep the nation weak. They want to keep us poor. They want to keep us uneducated. They want to keep us uninformed. They want secrets. They want to control everything we do. Everything we read. Me and you. So they can live in luxury. There is no need for black people to fear the white people. Fear the ANC for stealing the future and the freedom of your children. Actually - don't fear them. Fight them

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 08:11

    They may call me names, labell me as corrupt, lazy, incompetent, barbaric, savage...but they will never take away my will to support the ANC all the way, all day.

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-11 08:36 said it @Simnikiwe...we all rest our case! Like being in a bad marriage with a partner you are scared of, and don't know how to escape. Why not LOOK at the options, instead of blind acceptance? What has the DA done to you......please be specific.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 08:53

      They may call me names, label me as a thief, imperialist, foreigner and racist... but that doesnt change the fact that the ANC wount live many years past its centenary :P The NP also thought they would 'rule' until Jesus comes back.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 08:58

      Xavier, I have nothing against DA, the idea of a white government again in SA doesn't go well with me. I don't wanna experience Apartheid Mr.... I'll play it safe and vote for any black party.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 09:01

      Sinudeity, that's your opinion, and I respect that.

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-11 09:15

      @Simnikiwe - just HOW black do you want your coffee?......the ANC has many white, coloured, Indian....I just don't trust their policies and what they are doing to polarise the population in SA, pillage the fiscus, run the hospitals, police, education etc POORLY. Get past the ANC RACE mentality, and look to the DA NON-RACIAL appointments - OK it is a slow process after the ongoing ANC indoctrination....but it IS happening...wait for the big swing in the upcoming elections. I for one will vote for the POLICIES, and not BLINDLY because somebody id black....there are MANY Whites I don't trust, but I don't trust the ANC and how it is destroying our morale as a Nation!

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 09:26

      Xavier I like your comments, but you'll have to be black to understand how I feel about white people. To understand a situation you have to be in it first. To be honest, I see nothing wrong with the ANC, so why should I support another party. ANC has done more than enough for me, I went to a no fee school and now am at University studying through NSFAS. I doubt I would have the same opportunities I have now if I was living in the Apartheid era.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 09:28

      Sinudeity, thats still your opinion.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 09:30

      Simnikiwe - There is no party in South Africa currently that wants to bring apartheid back. Your problem is, you are comparing the ANC to the apartheid government. You should be comparing the ANC to other democratic parties. Around the world.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 09:32

      Lets face facts. Majority of people are living in poverty. Majority of people dont have access to basic services. But the connected ANC cadres are merely using their positions for tenders and government luxury vehicles. Drinking champagne 'in your honor'. Milking us of our tax monies to pay for their lifestyles. Increases petrol price, tollgates, increased electricity prices. R20-30 billion corruption a year...

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 09:39

      Good comment sinudeity, will do that. I would love to live in a non- racial society, with black and white people all treated equally. I don't really care about fiscal policies, excuse my ignorance. I just want a non-racial society, and I think the ANC is doing a good job so far in creating a non-racial society. thats my opinion, of course.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 09:43

      Simnikiwe - We share the same goals. I just dont think the ANC is doing much to achieve this. The only card that the ANC has left to play, is 'wit gevaar'. Julius played this card well. My opinion :)

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-11 09:46

      Sim: Government is not about black or white. It is about wrong and right. The ANC, in stealing from the people of S.A., is dead WRONG. Anyone who supports the ANC in their plunder, does this country and its future a huge disservice. I believe, in the interests of freedom and democracy, ALL political parties should be abolished.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 09:52

      Sinudeity, of course thats your opinion LOL...we have the same goal, that is, a non-racial society. The only problem is that we don't agree on which party can achieve this goal of ours. I don't know dude, am an ANC supporter and its not that easy for me to change camp and support DA. Just like its not easy for you to support the ANC.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 09:54

      Simnikiwe - I dont support any political party. My 'other' goals are merely to achieve a two-party system. Once that has been achieved, then I want a multi-party democracy. That way, the parties will need to go down on their knees and beg for our votes, using accountability, service-delivery and transparency. As it stands now, were merely throwing parties our votes based on skin colour.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 09:54

      Maserati, the stealing is wrong I agree, but I don't really have a problem with it. I think there will always be corrupt officials in any government.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 10:02

      Two-party system, don't know about that, will have to google more info on that before I can comment about it, anyway good luck with your "other" goal. ..."I dont support any political party"...What do you mean?...have you never voted before?...I've never voted either, will be voting for the first time in the next elections.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 10:04

      Simnikiwe - Yeah, I dont support any political party. Thing is, if the DA does something I dont agree with, I will criticise them. I wount keep on licking their baws, which is what ANC supporters mostly do in light of some serious infractions on our country. Two-party democracy is what we need. Two parties splitting 50% of the votes. I dont want the DA or the ANC to have a majority share of votes.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 10:12

      I enjoyed your comments sinudeity. Im out...thanks bra.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 10:16

      Simnikiwe - Thanks for the discussion dude.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 11:49

      Simnikwe, the ANC is really fortunate that the likes of you will always vote for them.

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-11 08:45

    I don't fear white. I will gladly take up arms and fight to my death if push comes to shove. Never should a white political party rule this country ever again. Did u hear about the right wing school where they teach young white children to hate black people. These people will never change so don't u dare take ur guard down black child.

      Christopher Thunder Linde - 2012-03-11 08:53

      With this attitude, theres no hope for this country. Get over yourself(and your race) and come to the realisation that we are one species trying to move forward. That training camp was an isolated incident and is not representive of the entire white population.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 11:58

      Simthandile, I am white and I was part of the struggle. To listen to the likes of you make me wonder if it was all worth while. You will fight to the death to prevent a white political party etc. etc. Yet you feel it is fine that a black government run this country into ruin everyday. You accept their incompetence, their lies and their corruption. What makes it worse is that they live like the white man did before them and they don't give a fig about you. Yet, just because they are black it is alright with you. Now that is sad.

      luytster - 2012-03-11 13:29

      Did you here about the one about the clown JUJU telling his young black sheeple to kill the boer???? The only white political party i know of in SA is Mr Mulders outfit.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-11 20:09

      But doesn't Apartheid remains worse than today's shortcomings and corruption, if u so feel that ds country is dying then pack ur bags and leave. The Black Government is in charge n will remain in charge....

  • curtiswelliem - 2012-03-11 09:03

    As if the ANC will ever lose! These mushrooming political parties like the DA& FF+ are just tjatjarag and full of rubbish they are carrying in their trouser and skirts

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-11 20:07

      Hehehehehehehe...... Say that again!

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-11 09:06

    The ANC will never die. If being black conscious means I'm blind and have attitude then so be it. I said if push comes to shove so ur misguided comments mean nothing to me. ANC for life.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 09:19

      The NP also thought they would never die. They average NP voter had the same attitude that you are showing. ANC will die pretty soon, just like Mugabe :P Keep on hiding your introspection behind 'black consciouness', its good for the opposition parties. We dont want the ANC to change.

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-11 09:42

      @Simthandile - which "WHITE" party are you talking about? There are no major "WHITE" parties in SA that I would vote for.....and the fact that the ANC has got Derek Hanekom, Pieter Mulder, Andries Nel, Gert Oosthuyzen, Jeremy Cronin, and Marthinus van Schalckwyk - ALL White....does NOT give me any reson for confidence in what they are doing. In fact, Pieter Mulder has made some VERY stupid, provocative comments about "Bantus" which I find offensive to my fellow black South Africans. We should ALL wake up, grow up, and mature as a democracy in South Africa. we have so much going for us - the World Cup spirit in 2010 showed us all that. It is NOT all about the ANC - it is MUCH more than that, bigger than that - we all DESERVE better than what we are being dished up with right now!

      Morama - 2012-03-11 10:03

      @Simthandile,my sister it's not all about colour anymore but the facts on the table? Tony yengeni,Jacob zuma,menzi simelane...the list continues untill recently Bheki Cele just shows who anc represent? I hope you are DA member but just want to pin down the most of denialist here who claims to be DA members but wishing for the old sytem to come back!!!

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 10:16

      Morama - 40% of the current ANC NEC are all convicted criminals. As for the apartheid-relics in the DA, merely the minority. Our voices will drown them out.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-11 19:15

      Unfortunately for u we will continue voting the ANC!!!! N yes we are educated and are not voting follishly, understanding that what u Whites can do to this country is worse than the corruption we have had to deal with, ur forefathers started Apartheid n u are no different. Ur attitudes in ds forum suggest a lot that is why u will never rule this country... Never Again!!!

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-11 09:27


  • Bryn - 2012-03-11 09:39

    Lack of education is killing this country. The number of black people who are convinced that apartheid will return if the DA is elected is incredible. Think about it for just a second: - Our constitution is amongst the best in the world and is above any political party (unless the ANC has its way). Changes to the constitution require a two thirds majority vote in favour. The DA will never achieve that in our lifetimes. - SA will face major trade problems if apartheid is brought back. It makes no economic sense AND would be madness to even think about. - Apartheid cannot be brought back. Just imagine for one second what the public backlash would be if the DA tried to introduce it? Black people wouldn't be the only ones taking to the streets. - The Auditor-General has rated the Western Cape as the best run province for quite a while now - the only DA managed province. - Go to the DA's website and read their principles, the current campaigns, policies etc. They are far more committed to making SA a better place than the ANC is. - The DA has loads of black, coloured and Indian members. - Our useless army could never (and would refuse to anyway as it is mostly black) round up all black people and throw them in designated areas. - There is no past or present behaviour to suggest the DA has anything in mind but the upliftment of South Africa and her citizens.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 10:07

      Thanks for your comment, very informative. Am one of those who think DA will bring Apartheid back. It seems I have a lot to learn, thanks anyway.

      Bruce Arnett - 2012-03-11 10:54

      Besides being political suicide, why would the DA bring an abomination back that they have fought against since their founding in 1976. Makes no sense.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 12:01

      Simnikiwe, as long as you are prepared to learn, I congratulate you.

      Bruce Arnett - 2012-03-11 23:17

      @Craig, much poorly to totally unsubstantiated hate. Not good. \r\nWho are you to belittle anyone's contribution to the fight against Apartheid merely because they were white? By that reasoning all white members of the ANC also made meaningless contributions to the struggle against Apartheid. Never mind failing, your argument has to score a zero.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-12 05:03

      Bryn seems to come up with points to consider, and all u power hungry morons cannot get it, all u care bout is criticize n criticize but never offering solutions!!!

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-11 09:40

    talk, talk, talk, yakiti, yaki, yak! fuel price gone up, toll roads come up, cipro come up, nurses having to resort to abduction to be heard, teachers struccling to get paid in EC, one room sub-standard RDP housing, sub-standard roads, vehicle licensing gone up, eish i dont see any light.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-11 19:10

      Perhaps u should to a much better country where u will see light don't u think?

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