Change in ANC crucial - Sexwale

2012-09-30 21:52

Johannesburg - Change in the ANC is imperative and it must go beyond a rotation of leaders, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says.

"So far, the debate [on change] seems to be dominated by a conversation over a change of leaders," he said in the excerpt presented at a colloquium on Friday and published in the Sunday Times.

"...However, a mere rotation of leaders...would not only be pointless, it would be an encouragement of the perpetuation of the deterioration of our movement."

He said a change in attitude, conduct, behaviour and discipline was needed to win back public trust.

"We need change to restore the credibility of the ANC within society and the government..."

He said the real test was the 2014 elections.

"Our conduct at Mangaung and thereafter will determine whether confidence in us is restored, or whether electoral support will continue to shrink."

Change was summed up as "renaissance", he said.

"The ANC needs to slaughter its own ghost and undergo soul searching, introspection and critical analysis based on the fundamentals of its own democratic norms

"We have a choice between decline and demise, or renaissance and renewal."

Sexwale's father, Frank, was not happy about the recent shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 striking workers were shot dead by police.

"The conversation with my father over Marikana has weighed heavily," he said.

"He said to me: 'No son of mine should become part of a government that kills its own people with rifles...Take a stand and leave the Cabinet...' "

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-09-30 22:00

    OMW! Someone finally talking sense! Min.Tokyo Sexwale please don't let these be empty words for us SAns! Listen and take to heart what your Father, Frank said to you. There is HOPE..

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-30 22:07

      Rather read the Sunday Times article - it is far less convincing than the selective version presented here. SA journalism is some of the worst in the world (once it ranked among the best).

      sally.lewitt - 2012-09-30 22:17

      Will do Claudia, thanks.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-10-01 02:46

      Dont forget he is a malema supporter, and he is merely toggling for position to enrich himself. Nothing noble about him. - 2012-10-01 04:47

      Yes, but the ultimate question is, are they capable of change?? We were promised good positive change for 18 years and every time its the same, one criminal/corrupt leader gets replaced with another.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-30 22:03

    There is hope indeed....

      FeebleGastro - 2012-10-01 00:18

      You are getting BSed, indeed.

  • louise.minnie - 2012-09-30 22:04

    There needs to be a complete reassesment on numerous policies please lets have some sense in parliment. No JZ no JM and no KM!

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-09-30 22:09

    Tell ur father ur not like lekota or holomisa , we must fight wrong ideas on behalf of right... Sexwale you are lucky bcs the anc makes u rich all u need now is power over the poors unlike zuma wen he bcm president he was nt rich like you guys, why nt ramaphosa for president ? - 2012-10-01 10:27

      Ramaphosa? Is that the very same guy who wanted to purchase an animal for R18 mil? If he is I don't want him as my leader.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-30 22:11

    rotation of leaders mhh let me think does he mean the recycling you can recycle a plastic but it will remain a plastic in adiffrent way.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-09-30 22:12

    The winds of change are a-blowin'. Interesting times ahead, methinks.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-30 22:28

      Interesting times ahead? Every time SA gets a new (ANC) president the country moves backwards at a faster pace. I'll rather stop complaining about paying for Zooomer's extended family than start buying Jooolius' Jonny Walker whiskey.

  • TQMRob - 2012-09-30 22:14

    The MOVEment DAYS ARE PAST. You are now managers of a country and managers need to improve and work for the people and not just to get rich at the expense of the people.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-30 22:21

    During every election there is fear and trepidation. Go back and have a close look. This government will do all they can to stay in power. This year the white night's are Kalema and Tokyo. The whole show is not about democracy with one opposition party against the other but a battle between the leadership in one party against a challenger within the same party. All this is my brothers and sisters is smoke and mirrors. Please think before you vote.

  • Billy - 2012-09-30 22:25

    yeahyeah, stating the obvious. a lot of people say things that make sense or are correct. then what happens after you say it? the words fade into thought, and the thought becomes a memory, later to be forgotten,.. only to resurface in an outbreak of anger because nothing was done about the problem. do something.

      rebecca.pooe - 2012-09-30 22:28

      It power boss,they fear losing it, they are unlike, thomas sankara,Patrice lubumba

      Billy - 2012-09-30 22:43

      they should try earn respect, instead of gain power. respect they will always have, as long as they remain just and honourable. power, will always fade. its funny, they might even have more power through respect.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-30 22:27

    The ANC does not need change. South Africa needs a change away from the ANC!

  • mike.clery - 2012-09-30 22:28

    Well I hope that includes a serious rethink of a "plan" rooted in the world of the 1950's. It's 2012 and the world's a *very* different place.

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-09-30 22:30

    so is he going to leave cabinet in respect of his father's wishes

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-01 05:26

      No, he knows that Zuma is gna fire him

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-30 22:33

    These guys are all coming out now with statements to discredit Zuma. It has nothing to do with what is right and ethical. They say the things that will get Zuma out and them in. The same was said when they wanted Thabo out and nothing changed, it just got worse. Position at the trough is what counts in the run up to Manguang.

      litha.xozwa - 2012-09-30 22:58

      What you saying is true, they all want zuma out using the brainless malema who's causing division among ANC leaders as well as a country.We don't need people like malema in this country and to all the tokyo's and mothlante hands off zuma leave him alone.

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-09-30 22:36

    You are good politician Tokyo, why? Cause you speak like one,you dont have the balls to act like a leader,you opportunist

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-01 04:44

      Tokyo is a wolf in sheep's clothing !!!!! WOuld trust him less than ANY politician in SA !!

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-09-30 22:37

    If our leaders believe in the ANC they should all leave this cabinet. All MP's should call for a vote of no confident on this President now.

      sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-10-01 06:41

      They all have to leave the gravy train then, they won't do that. That's why we are in a mess, none of them have any integrity whatsoever!

  • tshidiso.mathang - 2012-09-30 22:38

    He forgot to mention the daylight robbery u guys are plotting with eToll on people who voted u in power.

  • Eduannn - 2012-09-30 22:47

    Why in this democracy do they keep on referring to the ANC as a 'movement' and all other political parties, even COPE and IFP are called 'political parties'? Can someone please enlighten me?

      sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-10-01 06:42

      They like to dance and toi toi!

      hilton.andile - 2012-10-01 08:55

      it changes our life, from liberation to better education look at us now im married a white girl my maid is a white i have a bee company through this 'movement' parties is for oppositions like DA! Anc is our life!

      Brad - 2012-10-01 10:00

      @Hilton...Stephen Fry would be embarrassed by you.

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-30 22:48

    Changing the ANC is imperative.

  • bongeka.magwaza - 2012-09-30 23:04

    Wow!!!it's that time of leadership change again.All the wanna be president will come with all good speaches to try to lure the public to vote them in.My advice to the delegates that will be going to Mangaung will be, please use your heads not your hearts when you elect new leaders.South Africa is now tired of empty promises and it now needs someone to deliver.That someone can be in any recognised political party and he/she can be any race.Don't vote for someone who promises food parcels and more grants,those are opportunists.BEWARE.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-30 23:42

    Very powerful words from Tokyo Sexwale's father.Read the article(my facebook friends)

      michil.chegwidden - 2012-10-01 05:10

      Just a pity his father does not have a TV, if the police did not defend them self they would have been killed. It is the bad apples in the ANC and BBE which should be blamed for the situation.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-01 02:57

    What we need is a change of government! The corrupt ANC must f*ckoff and die !!

  • michil.chegwidden - 2012-10-01 05:06

    Please inform your father about the corruption in your department , the rich steeling from the poor. SOT

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-01 05:13

    Tokoyo should lead the anc of leave it and join against them. Because his intelligence is wasted on those idiots

  • Tando Dikela Zito - 2012-10-01 05:59

    Politicians are all liars who always come up with empty promises in a desperate attempts to be voted into power. I can't really say who should be the next president, but Zuma should be thrown out coz he is a joke, disgrace who is not educated. This will allow him enough time to marry all those KZN women coz that's what he knows most

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-01 06:20

    This rate of corruption is not sustainable. The elite steal billions with no consequence but the poor steal an apple and go to jail. Regime change is essential otherwise this will just carry on like it does in Zimbabwe. The elite drive around on cars that cost millions while the poor have to walk. The elite kids go to private schools while the poor have no textbooks and are encouraged to burn their schools down. Vote DA for serious opposition to this criminal regime. Corruption is no better than apartheid, not even more subtle.

  • Zahir - 2012-10-01 07:21

    ABZ anybody but zuma @ Manguang

  • Kalari - 2012-10-01 07:43

    The anc lack the capacity to change even if it see the need. The implosion is on all levels of government. National , provincial and local. Unstoppable.

  • Kalari - 2012-10-01 07:52

    We need change to restore the credibility of the ANC within society and the government..." This an admission that they screwed up big time. Just want a chance to do more damage

  • Erna - 2012-10-01 08:03

    No truer word said. However, the only thing that can save this country is if the anc's power is weakened by a very strong opposition in 2014. At the moment they make one blunder after another, shrug their shoulders, and either deny the facts, lie about them or blame someone else.

      hilton.andile - 2012-10-01 08:51

      NFP is the answer!

  • jake.ko.71 - 2012-10-01 08:19

    watchout for Tokyo Sexwale..he supports Malema

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-01 08:40

    So Mr Human settlements minister, how has the RDP housing programme been going? One of the most corrupt departments out there. Perhaps have a look in the mirror before telling other people to change.

  • hilton.andile - 2012-10-01 08:46

    Tokyo 'Mr O% Charisma' Sexwale!

  • terence.pattison - 2012-10-01 08:51

    Can`t we get the Father to run for Office! At least he seems to understand about morals & honour.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-01 09:12

    Amen to that - it must be said Zuma's government has been the weakest and the most dissapointing of all since post apartheid and should he come back i fear the downfall of the ANC

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-01 09:28

    If u claim that your father said u must take a stand and leave the cabinet,why don't u do as per request? U are trying to win people's heart.Yes, change is necessary,the day the ANC loses the mandate to govern will be the real change.So,do not fool us.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-01 10:54

    Tokyo your father is a wise man,and wii never ill advise his son.

  • sam.moloko.9 - 2012-10-01 15:16

    Ur idea sounds excellent but u r tainted becos u cajole with malema n fikile \razzmatazz\ mbalula who r still rough around the edges n a partying lot

  • andre.wehmeyer.33 - 2012-10-01 16:34

    he will not leave - remember then the gravy train also leaves

  • themba.mthembu - 2012-10-01 22:13

    I wish other political party could lead us in 2o14,these people had forgotten what our fore-fathers fought for. They are chauing our money.

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  • antonio.stellianos - 2012-11-27 12:39

    I agree with Tokyo. Don't leave cabinet but assume its leadership and make sure that they are doing the right things. The one respected member of the ANC that can restore that confidence and belief in the system is without a doubt Tokyo Sexwale. You served 13-15 years for a course you believed in and you need to fight for that course instead of giving up on it.

  • Apostol Pappas - 2013-11-11 06:49

    Mr Sexwale, you are correct. The problem is that the ANC became so engrossed with self enrichment, that it forgot what it's purpose was. Yes, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. That ageless trap that snares all of us so often. The problem sadly though, is that historically, it has tarnished the ANC.

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