Chikane: Some ANC leaders sell-outs

2012-07-18 10:11

Johannesburg - Many ANC leaders today are "sell-outs", struggle veteran Frank Chikane said, The Star reported on Wednesday.

"You can't lead the people if you're corrupt because fewer and fewer people benefit," Chikane was quoted as saying.

"The only way to remain a leader of society is to let the ordinary people benefit from the cake, not the leaders, although they must be taken care of.

"If you want to remain in power, serve the people. If you don't serve the people, they will turn against you," the former director general in the presidency said.

Chikane received a standing ovation after speaking at a colloquium in Qunu in the Eastern Cape in honour of former president Mandela, reported the daily.

He said African National Congress leaders today needed to look at party veterans like Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and Walter Sisulu as examples of good leadership.

"But today, I'm not only talking about young cadres, but old cadres as well. The cadres struggle for power, for control of tenders.

"Once compromised, you can't be independent in your thinking. Instead of taking power to the people, they're taking the power for themselves... Once you're compromised, you sell out the nation," Chikane said.

  • neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-18 10:16

    WoW... Certainly took you clowns long enough to figure out what the rest of SA already know.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 10:36

      I read this in the Star this morning. Great article and he's so right. The ANC sell-outs have traded equality for all, for their own bank accounts. Selfishness and greed have corrupted the ANC. Oh how the mighty have fallen... It's the typical African tale though, so why would we be any different.

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-18 10:41

      Comrades and cadres... come on ouks, get with it...the struggle is over... Just be normal citizens like the rest of us.. And Mr Chikane., you should join the DA, your far too smart for the ANC..!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-18 10:59

      anc have a new Elvis anthem "love me Tender"

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-18 11:18

      Correct Oom, this man needs to join the DA, he sounds like the type of man we need in government.

  • neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-18 10:18

    "Instead of taking power to the people, they're taking the power for themselves..." Amandla? Bwa ha ha

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-18 10:18

    This has been happening when you were still in office ,so now you are gone or kicked out you decide to expose your friends. why speak now not before ? you are olso a comrade to !

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-18 10:22

      It's better for him to shut up and let the rot carry on unabated neh? Tsk!tsk!tsk!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 10:39

      smiso you only speak for the greedy ANCYL who are getting away with all the tender fraud and corruption, and a whole bunch of senior ANC sell-outs too. You do not speak for South Africa and the future of our nation. You must never be trusted with wealth or fortune.

      Abram - 2012-07-18 10:44

      Camon mkhonza during this man era whats happening in limpopo education dept would have never occur,i education was taken seriously by then cause even the president was much educated.

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-07-18 10:45

      @ ntombiziyabusa So, are you saying that Africans shouldn't speak their mind? They must just shut up and live with the rot? And if they do say something critical of the ruling elite, they're labelled 'stupid'? If so, it's such a pity that you occupy space on the African soil.

      jerry.modupe - 2012-07-18 13:44

      Exactly my point,this ANC comrades they open their mouth after they have been kicked out but whilst inside the gravy train they sang the same song,hai soka they are all corrupt

  • christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-18 10:21

    But do the anc give a damn about the people of this country...of course not.

      zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 11:32

      Remember ANC stood up against white oppression,within the Anc leaders there a people who a pushing their personal gains. Its right to say under leadership of corrupt Prez Zuma anc doesn't give damn about poor people of this country.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-18 10:21

    So why didn't you speak up when you were still in office - scared of the poison pen or the accidental lethal accident. This has been going on for 18 years and you have only now woken up - gee thanks for nothing.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 10:41

      It's called politics. He would have been ostracised years ago if he spoke out. No one dares questions the thieves within the ANC. They are all there to steal from South Africa and enrich themselves.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-18 10:42

      Yeah, hold your peace Chikane and allow the decay fester

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-07-18 10:26

    well said my man

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 10:39


  • ntunjab - 2012-07-18 10:39

    Jack-Daniels Mthembu=will now sing -Dont leston to Chikane! Don't leston x2 lol!

      Lefa Makhata - 2012-07-18 11:00

      Jack Daniels Mthembu will comment on behalf of ANC, drunk as always. Well said Rev Chikane.

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-18 10:41

    vote for me i ll give u a tender.... we are a tender state... tender this, tender that... while u at it tender ur resignation to... :D

  • Lourenzo - 2012-07-18 10:46

    Run for the President

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-18 10:47

    Frank that's why they don't like you. The truth hurts.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-18 10:48

    Well said

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-18 10:48

    Well said

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-18 10:49

    Here its a case of telling your friends that your Ex had a bad breath, but while you we still dating her you saw nothing wrong.. Why is this man bitter? You failed to perform your duties while you were still in office, bUt you right.. Zuma is a sell out.

      zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 11:45

      Chikane was in office under Prez Mandela he perform his duties with no corruption. This man is good leader out speak the truth about current ANC leadership. You can't compare him with Ex's.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-07-18 16:12

      I believe Frank sums up the situation very well. As for Madiba, I believe that he alone went a long way towards uniting a very divided nation giving them confidence for the future and getting people to start working together. I believe even racism started collapsing. Today, under the new ANC leadership all this has been dissolved and we are desending into a corrupt nation. I cannot see the leaders of today getting the support of a nation for a birthday of a political head in the future. Thanks Madiba for your uniting efforts.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-18 10:56

    Too little too late. What did you do about it? What the hell's the point of mentioning this now after the fact?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-18 10:57

    The south african people who genuinely care about this country are fast losing hope. We cannot continue to fight for a better life for all if those people who are suffering under the current leadership wont come to the party and speak out. Nobody is asking them to change their vote, we are asking them to stand up and lets hear their voice that says enough is enough. We will not tolerate fraud, corruption or any maladministration in this leadership, our children will get the best education, old people will be looked after properly. The justice system to overhauled, no political interference, same justice for all. Murderers rapists drug dealers and fraudster all to suffer very harse punishments. COSATU, SACP NUMSA to stop their bullying tactics. The leaders will open up the job market until such time as the economy starts flourishing, no more discriminating against the people, no more instigating of racism by leaders. Until such time as every south african citizen comes out and shares their voice, dont bother to help those who wont come out of the cupboard, they hide in the back with the leaders who intimidate and exploit them for their own enrichment. Eighteen years now this leadership has been promising to uplift the poor, the poor and still poor and they will always be poor. Thanks to the very people they allow to do as they please.

  • Thabisoul Motsome - 2012-07-18 11:03

    Make sure Zuma gets that speech.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-07-18 11:06

    Not some,all of them.Show me one who's not a sell-out.

      zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 11:17

      We all sell outs,we can see poor leadership but we chose to do nothing about it.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 11:12

    frankly speaking , never one to shy away from the truth

  • zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 11:13

    Good Chikane corruption is bad for government and all ANC leaders they don't tackle corruption cause they all corrupt under leadership of Zuma. He is a engineer of corruption,this man does not deserve to be a leader.

      ntsieni1 - 2012-07-18 11:32

      That's true Zikhona n they aren't aware that corruption can lead to bankrupt of the country,,I think he deserve to be chief in his home village

  • ntsieni1 - 2012-07-18 11:14

    First it waz the SCHabir now he associated himself with the Guptarian Family,,I think Mr ZoOMER is cursed.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-07-18 16:17

      He is the curse????

  • janzanele - 2012-07-18 11:19

    as a young anc member,i see that the blame game won't serve us any good,here my view to you Mr Chikane because Mr Mbeki is no long a president now you see corruption,that you were busy giving each others tenders,now that all that is finished you are moaning,now you are showing us what type of the person you are selfish, greed

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-18 11:24

      janzanele, good to hear you are young, now sit and seriously think about the future after that resign your ANC membership before they can brainwash you and join the DA, the party that will make a better life for all who live in SA.

      Erna - 2012-07-18 11:38

      @janzanele As a young South African, this country depends on you to make a difference. The anc is no longer the party it used to be, and its members have turned into a lot of incompetent, greedy, unwilling people.

      ivan.matshaba1 - 2012-07-18 13:57

      @janzanele, I agree with you on the uselessness of playing the blame game and I will knowingly vote ANC because I dont belive the whole ANC is corrupt. It's very easy for a person to be against a party when they did not believe in it to begin with. So Viva ANC...even through internal conflict.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-18 11:33

    well said Frank, you hit the nail on the head, but still millions still vote for them because they have been brainwashed into thinking that the opposition is the enemy, little do they realize that the enemy is corruption, bureaucracy, racism, intolerance, incompetence, other words....the ANC.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-18 11:44

    At last, someone talking sense. Lets hope some people actually listen to him. No doubt the Youngsters will lable him a puppet of white colonial pig dogs etc. etc. etc

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-07-18 11:45

    A bitter old man, but hey he is raising things to seriously think about.....

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-18 14:58

      What we should also be asking is, how many of the leader that want to Qhunu today for Tata's birthday used government department credit card for travel and maintenance (parting hard on people's money)Take a picture and on Monday we start dealing with them.

  • lunga.mehluku - 2012-07-18 11:49

    Nothing bt the truth! Its nt all doom n gloom tho.... Our DNA is black,green n gold!

  • vicharms - 2012-07-18 12:20

    So true Mr.Chikane thank you!So let us do something positive about this situation and get rid of these kind of "LEADERS"and replace them with leaders that will work for everybody in this country!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-18 13:36

    Well done....but we already know this. Yet the people will still vote for them....

      patrick.pienaar2 - 2012-07-18 13:49

      Just strengthen corruption mechanisms with strict compliance measures and enforcement to restore the anc value system

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-07-18 13:46

    Advise us Frank.Whom(which party) should we vote for then that cANCer has failed us?

  • chris.makhubu - 2012-07-18 13:58

    chikane himself is number 1 tsotsi in the ANC and a protagonist,a beast in a sheep skin.

  • ivan.matshaba1 - 2012-07-18 14:01

    Viva ANC viva, may a better leadership (that truly represents the mandate of the ANC) be appointed.

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-18 15:03

    What we should also be asking is, how many of the leader that want to Qhunu today for Tata's birthday used government department credit card for travel and maintenance (parting hard on people's money)Take a picture and on Monday we start dealing with them.

  • john.mahlahlane - 2012-07-18 19:04

    When will we ever learn to listen? This had been going on for decades.Or are we all that dumb not to see the seriousness of the situation?Why don,t we push them all out instead of folding our hands and watch our country burning?

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-19 07:54

    Interesting how Mandelas birthday had been hijacked to advance personal agendas...! Shut up Chikane,,u got ur cake as well,, under mbeki...!

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-19 08:31

    Reverend CHikane we share your sentiments. Many people in this country are fed-up with corruption,fraud, money laundering,nepotism,croonysm etc. However , due to massive poverty,seggregated settlements,race polarisation,joblessness...we are incapable of doing anything about it. We lack the neccessary resources to mobilise people against this corrupt government. For instance, i live in a rural area, i dont work and dont recieve any grant or funding for business start-up. Developmental projects in my area are remotely managed by a cartel of thieves in cities. They bribe the locals with kfc , boots,caps and t-shirts. If you smell a rat or happen to know something, the illiterate leaders wont want you nearer to them. For me we need people that will train people to have independent minds. Telling people to vote DA or ANC wont help. Already we have institutes like IDASA, they can help us to deepen our understanding of democracy. In rural areas its not unusual to meet woman in her 40s and she will ask you as to who are we voting this year. You tell her that its her choice and its secret, and she will tell you that she will vote for mandela. So the majority of people on the ground genuinely believe that social grants, rdp houses, electricity,piped water are from the ANC and not the state. They know nothing about how the economy is run etc. Now my well resourced brothers like Reverend Chikane and others, also stay in cities and due widespread inequalities, chances of us sitting in one table and paving the way forward are virtuall zero. I partly agree with doomsayers in that this country will never realize its full potential. There state employees as well as these thieving politicians will run this country down. As for me and other blacks in similar predicament,we must sit and watch since i cant even afford a taxifare. Had it not been for google-empowered cellphones, i wouldnt have known that this forum exists.

  • sizwe.nyembe - 2012-07-19 09:57

    Well said uncle Chikane, well said. But, i think you forget that you were part of the Mbeki's exclusive administration which probed only those who dared to challenge him. Point in case, Selebi's corruption was exposed after Mbeki was ousted. Be the change you want to see in the world. It begins with you uncle.

  • Synomore - 2012-07-19 10:54

    Chakane you're part of the problem you guys sided with corrupt selebi while ganging up against zuma i dont support zuma either i still think he should face his day in court its through you guys that he missed his day in through politically meddling. You're bitter Rev. Please shut up

  • mpho.eunicechoshi - 2012-07-20 12:15

    Well said Chikane but you forgot that you were part of them.o lapile bjanong ke gona o bona.

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