Criminals within ANC: Magashule

2012-07-31 16:58

Bloemfontein - There are criminal elements within the ANC, the party's Free State leader Ace Magashule said on Tuesday.

He was responding to questions about violent service delivery protests in some Free State municipalities.

Magashule, who is also Free State premier, said there were indications, through the police and party structures, that some protests were linked to ANC politics ahead of the party’s national elective conference in Mangaung in December.

"The truth, with time, will come out," Magashule said in talks with The New Age newspaper.

Violent protests about service delivery have taken place in Reddersburg, Marquard, Harrismith, Zastron, Edenburg, Vredefort, Petrusburg and Botshabelo since February.

Government infrastructure has been damaged, and in some cases foreign-owned shops have been looted, burned and destroyed, and the owners have had to flee and seek safe accommodation elsewhere.

Speaking about how to address the so-called faction fighting within the ANC, Magashule said the party's leaders should "act in a certain way" and be patient.

He said discipline and respect were not aspects a political party could teach members.

"It's something you as person would learn at places such as home - respect for older people must be a given."

Magashule said an ANC leader who had not yet learned discipline and respect had probably not gone through the grinding process of leadership and might not be ready to lead.

However, he said there had been some genuine service delivery protests about electricity and water shortages or cut-offs.

Magashule said in some Free State towns there was not enough water available to support a waterborne sewerage system. Other arrangements needed to be made in such situations.

Unemployment was also contributing to municipal protests, especially in rural areas.

Magashule said he did not know when all residents would enjoy full government services. It would take time, and he urged citizens to be patient.

He also appealed to local communities not to burn schools and libraries during protests, because they needed this infrastructure.

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-07-31 17:02

    Look in the mirror and see the main criminal. The fish stinks from the head down

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-31 17:07

      Ace i can tell you about two straight away... Winnie fat ass Mandela and ol' Rubber lips Juju Mal-emma... There is a good start..

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-31 17:32

      And I bet he knows their names to. But he wont tell because comrade ANC criminals dont tell

      sedick.gydien - 2012-07-31 17:33

      They are either all criminals, or condone the corruption by remaining silent - even worse than the criminal.....

      Squeegee - 2012-07-31 18:26

      What do the ANC and Australia have in common? - founding fathers needed a criminal record... Difference between the ANC and Australia? - The ANC are still full of criminals.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-31 20:16

      There are no criminals WITHIN cANCer. They're ALL criminal.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 21:05

      It would be more newsworthy if Magashule gave us a list of those in the ANC who are not criminals.

      mbambo.shi - 2012-08-01 10:06

      @ Tienie Mac, the word 'HANDED' that you used, I personally think is wrong. Actually, indegeneous people of South Africa 'REGAINED' their country from the oppressors.

      mzondistanley - 2012-09-19 11:38

      You are the Breeders of Criminals and now you place in the Ruling party structures in order to discredit the ruling party!!You lost your Moral high ground and now make noise like empty tins!!

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-31 17:06


      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-31 17:27

      Eish Botha your point view is very lame, we heard that one before. Are you by any chance related to PW Botha

      CassandraXabata - 2012-07-31 17:53

      @jackie.stone.501 Truth hurts don't it? Who's the we? Instead of being full of agony and being angry, perhaps a strong positive comment would contribute to making this a better country?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-31 18:24

      Mart, please don't shout at us...

      tw2066 - 2012-08-01 07:03

      mart - Ageed. Jackie = are you ok?

      huey.freeman.963 - 2012-08-01 08:40

      Mart, caps are considered poor etiquette.

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-31 17:11

    How many members in the ANC? That many criminals

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-31 17:12

    Hello, everyone in the ANC seems to be a criminal, and that includes you Ace. That is precisely why the ANC has been staffing the Police Service and the judiciary with “cadres” to avoid being caught.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-31 18:32

      100% correct there Themba

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-31 17:18

    No S%^t!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-31 17:28

    sorry, but you guys gave birth to this monster, now you will have to deal with it.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-31 17:37

    They are all criminals! From the top dog-down. Our police minister/s,the ones supposed to catch the criminals,says it all.Not to mention the presidents wonderful record. Anc=Appropriately named criminals.

  • wouter.basson.5 - 2012-07-31 17:43

    Criminals in the anc? NEVER!

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-31 17:52

      The ANC represents organised crime. There is no doubt that the majority of the executive are international criminals. This fact will dawn on the 'majority idiotic poor' as opposed to poor in a few decades when the cupboard is bare.

      Jacqui van Deventer - 2012-07-31 17:59

      well said Wouter!!!! took the words out of my mouth.

  • clivegoss - 2012-07-31 17:47

    Time can make the flowers grow, time can melt the ice and snow. However time does NOT provide brains to those who do not have any. This government (party) is past its sell by date. They do not have the capacity to govern.

  • CassandraXabata - 2012-07-31 17:55

    And you only discover this now? Just before Manguang? You and the rest were told this many times before on many occasions!

  • kingpin.molema - 2012-07-31 18:01

    Ntate wee, yoù are one of those criminals who steals public money hence there is no delivery. You idiot nonperformers! Eishh - your days are numbered till december afterwards new leadership will take place

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-01 08:48

      Yes, and then the new leaders will be the new criminals enriching themselves at the cost of the people... merrily it goes around...It's amazing how the ANC can distance itself from itself. The people in the ANC, ARE the ANC, the criminals in the ANC make up the ANC hence the ANC are the criminals.

      gpitse - 2012-08-01 13:22

      Please not new "leadership" fresh more hungrier criminals will take charge....its all about revenge....from arms-deal to tenders the cANCer will roar with everything in its mouth...

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-31 18:03

    give us names, & BTW the are criminals outside the ANC too (very cold out there), one of them is shopping in London for a new Landrover Sport & a new Breitling watch as we speak, lol

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-31 18:09

    Criminals within the ANC? Wow never knew that, what a revelation. I thought all of them were criminals

  • Rodney - 2012-07-31 18:13

    Wow! Really?! I never knew. This is like saying only criminals are jailed. Nothing like stating the bloody obvious is there?

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-07-31 18:13

    I don't usually do this but... DDDDDDDDUUUUUUUUUUUHHHH!? Want a gold medal for that?

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-31 18:24

    who is knifing who? the knifes are out for survival

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-31 18:28

    "Criminals within ANC: Magashule" Noooo, you joking, right? Tell me Mr Magashule, does the sun rise in the east and set in the west?

  • Joseph - 2012-07-31 18:30

    Free state is infested with corruption, most probably far more than what Limpopo was potrayed to be. Operation Hlasela is one of many platform for corruption.

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-07-31 18:33

    There is a lotttttttttttt of criminals eveywhere in the ANC and it starts from the top it stinks

  • Joseph - 2012-07-31 18:33

    Ace Magashule must go before Mangaung elective conferece. He has waited for so long to loot public money; enough!!!!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-07-31 18:40

    Association of the Non-Convicted - and there are more trying to get in! They are hoping that their day will come. That's why they are voted in all the time.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-31 18:51

    Identifying criminals in the ANC, has he looked at himself.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-31 19:16

    Who are those criminals,or the people who are protesting for housing delivary are criminals to day

  • kingkongVB - 2012-07-31 19:36

    well all of them to be fare

  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2012-07-31 19:39

    No sh!!t Sherlock

  • Moeketsi Sylvester Ntseki - 2012-07-31 19:41

    am so shocked to learn that the is criminals in the ANC..and those who are engaging in services delivery protects are criminals not members of community..

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-31 19:46

    This is a tad obvious comrade so why say it....lets spend millions of tax payers money to investigate witout result what went wrong and in the meantime lets call on Zapiro to cartoon U2.

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-31 20:07

    anc "Showtime BS" has worn out at last! Cupboard is bare, public coffers are bare, support is fickle

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 20:10

    Dear N24 - we know all this. Please only report again when the headline reads "All ANC Criminals caught, prosecuted and in jail"

  • nico.brits.581 - 2012-07-31 22:12

    Were you in a coma during your Straggal? They are just doing the things General Nguyen Giap taught the leadership of the ANC in 1978, to teach the piepol to achieve the so called liberation.

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-01 07:13

    He's a criminal himself running the Free State like a spaza shop

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-01 07:46

    hey all, you got to check out the same story on the msn home page, white kid in a anc t shirt behind cot bars, go freaking figure

  • TdJ01 - 2012-08-01 08:15

    Takes one to know one.

  • fred.potgieter.92 - 2012-08-01 08:39

    Good grief! This is not news. Look at the chaotic state this country is in because of the example these criminals in government give their voters.

  • Quartus - 2012-08-01 08:47

    They should provide these protesters with things to brake and burn.

  • Michael - 2012-08-01 08:59

    Thanks, Captain Obvious

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