Eastern Cape ANC backs Motlanthe

2012-11-29 08:18

Johannesburg - The ANC's second-biggest region in the country, the Eastern Cape's OR Tambo, has backed Kgalema Motlanthe for the post of ANC president, SABC news reported on Wednesday.

A nomination for President Jacob Zuma, who already had the backing of the country's biggest region, Ethekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, would have put him firmly in the lead to retain the post of ANC leader at the party's elective congress in Mangaung next month.

Regional chairperson Thandekile Sabisa told the SABC that the party under Zuma had failed to address issues raised at the 2007 Polokwane conference.

“The use of state power, factionalism, ill-discipline, etc... this leadership has failed to address those issues. It's not credible, it's under attack and not respected by opposition parties," he said.

"We then said that let's find leadership that will be respected by the people of South Africa and the membership of the ANC. Comrade Kgalema Motlanthe, we believe, is the one that would bring back the dignity of the organisation.

“He can't say no when the branches say 'lead us' because he knows that the organisation needs leadership of his calibre,” Sabisa told the broadcaster.

The region nominated Tokyo Sexwale as Motlanthe's deputy, and Fikile Mbalula to replace Gwede Mantashe as secretary-general.

It wanted Thandi Modise to remain deputy secretary general and Mathews Phosa to stay treasurer general. Thenjiwe Mtintso was nominated as national chairperson.

It was still not clear whether Motlanthe, the ANC's deputy president, would stand against Zuma.

  • ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-11-29 08:32

    At last EC came to their senses.I hope u can convinve ANCWL

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-11-29 08:55

      Women are crazy about Zuzulicious.

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-11-29 09:07

      Do not celebrate as yet, it is only one region, not the whole province. I still expect those provinces that backed Mbeki in 2007 to back Kgalema.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-29 09:16


      ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-11-29 10:00

      @ point blank mostly kwazulu natal

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 11:53

      ANCWL is "spear whipped"

  • janette.marais.5 - 2012-11-29 08:42

    But doesn't he support Malema................scary

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 11:57

      Motlanthe does not support Malema, he just had a different opinion on the disciplinary process thereof. Besides Zuma and Malema are of the same personality type who thrive on popularity and corruption.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-29 14:20

      Motlanthe is not a populist like Zuma and Malema. Let's have someone credible for a change, who can actually deliver on promises made and unite us under an effective government for all the people.

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-11-29 08:44

    Road to Mangaung,We need what best for country not indiviual,ANC is not people party but indiviual party road to mangaung

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-11-29 08:45

    Where is Qhoboshiyane now He said EC is behind Zuma You can fool us but not the deligates

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-11-29 09:10

      Do not celebrate as yet, it is only one region, not the whole province. I still expect those provinces that backed Mbeki in 2007 to back Kgalema.

      Manduleli Rotherham Mtyoki - 2012-11-29 09:20

      Amandla asemasebeni mntakwethu, abantu abafuna ingqesho bazocaca. thina sifuna ulungisa umbutho!

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:00

      Qhoboshiyane forgot that he is not a Branch nor a region. Offcourse he is a PEC member and an MEC and would therefore back Zuma for retaining his job or obtaining a promotion.

  • mogori.mogashoa - 2012-11-29 08:46

    Misleading headline, but what's new!! Pity that despite numerous protests about bias and misleading reporting/ headlining our media editors feel this dramatization is necessary!!

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-29 08:46

    motlante is a decoy those who vote for him are backing malema. Do you really want Juju as president? Whites will be forced out of farms, mines will be taken by government etc

      lentswe.mosweunyane - 2012-11-29 08:55

      that's a stupid comment you did Mr Phungula.

      nokwanda.ngcobo.71 - 2012-11-29 09:03

      Phungula unamanga baba, awu !

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-11-29 09:08

      You one of those train passanger politician who is a loud mouth but knows nothing -empty vessel makes the loudest noise

      bongaini.mntungwa - 2012-11-29 09:14

      da president iz der 2 implement da desitions of da nec. motlante will impliment dos of who want him in dis case juju en many other who want 2 own farms

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-11-29 09:15

      You sound like a propaganda advocate. Next time u will be telling us that if the DA wins they will bring back apartheid and cancel social grants.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 09:20

      By the time malema is ready to be president, the DA will be in power.

      ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-11-29 09:41

      In Isixhosa usisidenge sani. Why will you vote Pr J Zum

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:02

      Siyabonga are you suggesting that Zuma is better than Juju? If anything shem bayafana!

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-29 15:50

      hahaha i touched a hornet's nest

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-29 08:49

    ZUMA IS OUT! however this will not stop the lorry loads of viagra fogging up the minds ruling this racist stalinist regime, via lootfreely house

  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-29 08:55

    Soon to be confirmed as a fact! Motlanthe will not stand for Precidency!The rest is a waste of time and space! Opposition should never be allowed to determine the agenda of the ANC.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 09:21

      All this "determining of the anc agenda" is done only by the anc members themselves. They fight about everything.

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:11

      Morris - and what would inform such? These statements presume that Zuma has the rightous authoritative right to the Presidency of the ANC and that cannot be an accepted assumption if the constitution of the ANC on leadership contestation was to be followed to the T

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-29 13:04

      Ntebu> Learn to calculate the moves and balance of forces boss! Accept that there are things that you dont know that other people know! And in noway am I anti-Kgalema. People should grow above binnal and factional thinking. The best you can do is to lobby for your preffered candidate! Independent thinking is something I will never compromise.

  • Erna - 2012-11-29 09:08

    For once the EC sounds extremely sensible in their reasoning.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-11-29 09:11

    can any woman be a wild card just for fun. They will be sent to AU

  • Manduleli Rotherham Mtyoki - 2012-11-29 09:18

    thus ur perception bra, anc members have got brains. Motlanthe never said Julius was right, but he had another view other than chasing him away. he never promise to bring him back too when he became a president. don't be misled bcoz u will also mislead others too.

  • sammyto.sammytoss - 2012-11-29 09:20

    This is a high time that we as SA we have to be fair. Mr Zuma won't last as president. Next year ANC will loose more vote because of ignorant of members. People don't like what is happening about our president. Let be change for the sake of our people, thanks to our ex president NELSON MANDELA and THABO MBEKI.

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:19

      The issue is that the ANC has been hijacked by comrades who just care about and for themselves and least about the party and the MAJORITY members for which they are mandated to lead. Also there is a lack of political education amongst members who in turn are allowed to take the party astray with foreign tendencies which put the party in disrepute. These members do not follow the guidelines and vision that the forefathers of the ANC had for the party, eg OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela but then again that holds true about certain current ANC leaders

  • jabulani.mokomane - 2012-11-29 09:21

    Good stuff!

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-29 09:23

    When is he raising his hand,it is long overdue?

  • sandilengqondo.ngcobo - 2012-11-29 09:38

    Lol this report is funny, this is the same old propaganda and strategy that these people used when we were going to the 52nd Congress. They run their lobbying through media. 1 highly contested region, that shall be divided until Mangaung, nominates Mkhuluwa; and news 24 immediately reports as if its the whole province. Sensetion of the worst order. Zuma will be president beyond Mangaung; and they know it!

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:24

      O.R Tambo was the largest ANC region before eThekwini overtook it. Just like when the eThekwini's nomination conference was reported, so is this region - Propaganda has another meaning perhaps. What is on right now is that there is a strong contestation of leadership in the ANC and branches are having their democratic say in such. Wena Sandile campaign hard for Zuma in the branches of the ANC but don't cry foul of a democratic process in the ANC.

      sandilengqondo.ngcobo - 2012-11-29 13:29

      Chief there was no contestation in Ethekwini Region that is where you are missing the point. I'm not crying foul of anything, we have done our work, we shall continue until results of the top six are announced. What I'm actually dismissing here is news 24 misleading us that EC supports Mkhuluwa, whereas its has been only one highly divided region that has pronounced itself.

  • lulama.mkunqwana - 2012-11-29 09:39

    I do not think that Zuma is in the same calibre in terms leadership as Madiba and Thabo, who after having been presidents went on to be international icons. If I were Zuma i would be honoured to have served the country for a whole term and would step down in dignity in spite of all the controverses around him. I am saying this not because I am anti-Zuma but believe in the ANC as the vehicle to take this country to greener pastures. So I say let us change the driver not because he cannot drive but because drivers need sometimes to rest.

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:31

      Lulama even Zuma's supporters concur with your sentiments. The biggest pushers of a Zuma second term are people surrounding Zuma more than Zuma himself. They know Zuma is a leader who can satisfy their own narrow concerns without flinching because Zuma himself needs their protection since he is compomised. So Zuma's second term has no bearing on the ANC as a whole nor the welfare and prosperity of the country as a whole.

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-11-29 09:49

    My hat is off for you Lulama! U're 1 of wise ppl we have in this country. It's pity most ppl dnt know that our country is on spot lite of every continent. Please Mr Zuma with due respect just do the right thing...!

  • ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-11-29 10:15

    The only problem is Mkhulu doesn't say any thing.

      mbasa.makubalo.7 - 2012-11-29 10:23

      Another misleading headline and news from news24.Eastern Cape ANC backs Motlanthe as if its the whole province but they are talking about (OR Tambo Rerion)only.A nomination for President Jacob Zuma, who already had the backing of the country's biggest region, Ethekwini in KwaZulu-Natal as if its the only Region that has announced that it backing Zuma.when we already know that All branches of the ANC in KZN nominated Zuma.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-11-29 10:26

    What change can Kgalema possibly bring when he's part of the very leadership that people are complaining about? The deputy president is part of every decision that is made in government, how then do these people see anything different being done by him should he decide to challenge? Many of us here do not use our heads

  • musawakhe.ngubane - 2012-11-29 11:33

    Cde Kgalema is not contesting the ANC Presidency, he understands very well what it means to score a political own goal. Besides, this is about one region of the EC, not the whole province. I still remember when the leadership of this region was elected, it won with only 6 votes. That tells you, it is not a true reflection of the ANC members in OR Region.

  • Rhulani - 2012-11-29 11:35

    motlante for president, the limpopo anc must quick their nomination. w.cape,n.cape,n.west,gauteng,limpopo and ancyl will all be behind motlante in mangaung. victory is certain.

      musawakhe.ngubane - 2012-11-29 12:22

      Never Chief, keep on dreaming. Who has the numbers? Besides, Kgalema is not contesting, he will be committing political suicide. I can't wait for the conference to end so that we start implementing discipline resolutions. We want to clean up, get rid of hooligans inside our ANC. Second term is the way!

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-29 15:10

      For every region or province that declares, anticipate fall outs of not less than 20%. delegates vote as individuals not blocks! Never be sure of anything except KZN with 99% chance of guaranteed votes! But prepare for any unexpected outcome so as you dont become discrantled and start to form new parties.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-11-29 11:46

    Do u blame ANCWL for backing zuma,,,? no,,, after he has saved angie motshega's job an that of mini skirts Queen nomvula mokonyane the two have rentered themselves useless on their duty.

  • Ilanga Lethu - 2012-11-29 12:42

    Very confused deputy president...! they want him to the president so that they can fool him around lol...!

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-29 12:52

      Zuma is the one who is toyed around by his handlers hence the many comedy of errors that Zuma's administration has been making day in and day out and Zuma's handlers want to continue doing so by giving him a second term. This is a well known fact in ANC circles.

  • Makubata Mahapeletja - 2012-11-29 13:05

    yes motlanthe is kind person i also like him cos he is thinking of other people not only him self and which true

  • markblack10 - 2012-11-29 15:28

    The respectful of the ANC clutching at straws... I like :) Perhaps this is the beginning of the end... The only problem is with a sickness, it usually gets worse before it gets better!

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-29 15:53

    haha i touched a hornet's nest. comments is for expression of readers views every person is entitled to their opinion i stand by mine. lol

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