Factionalism bad for ANC - Mantashe

2012-01-30 11:01

Johannesburg - Factionalism is a bad tendency within the ruling party, its secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, says.

According to SABC radio news, he was speaking in Klerksdorp in North West province, where two mayors have been recalled and the regional secretary of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda ANC region has been suspended.

"Factionalism is a problem... we talked about it here a great deal," Mantashe said.

"Factionalism manifests in a number of ways where people become loyal to a grouping instead of the organisation. We are repeating our message over and over, that factionalism is bad for the organisation.

'Bad tendency'

"It is intolerant, it is narrow, it never discusses the organisation, it discusses names of people. It is a bad tendency," said Mantashe.

The Sowetan newspaper reported last week that police had to use teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of ANC members who invaded a meeting of the provincial executive committee in Rustenburg.

This meeting was discussing the turmoil in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda region.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda mayor Boitumelo Moloi, his counterpart Maphetle Maphetle of the Tlokwe local municipality, and ANC regional secretary Aubuti Chika were fired by the regional executive committee in January amidst claims of corruption and maladministration.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-30 11:07

    No need for any other party to get involved, the ANC is doing a good job of destroying itself.

      Spyker - 2012-01-30 11:19

      Ye.., what is "Factionalism" in Pedi..?

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 12:13

      @ Spyker_May: "In sy moer in"

      FlowingRivers - 2012-01-30 12:28

      Anc Rules !

      Gerhard - 2012-01-30 12:41

      Well noted FlowingRivers, the ANC does rule. They have been in power since 1994. Unfortunately, ruling and actually delivering is two totally different things. They know how to rule but fail miserably at the delivering part.

      Truthis - 2012-01-30 13:50

      They know how to rule but not how to govern!

  • miyo27 - 2012-01-30 11:08

    The ANC is a problem long as the ANC is in the picture there are always going to be problems.

  • NrGx - 2012-01-30 11:12

    more of the same talk over and over. the anc are like a broken record, speaking of the same problems but with no desire, will or effort to correct them. All the anc are is a racist propaganda machine, whose only will is to segregate the country in order to stay in "power".

  • Piet - 2012-01-30 11:14

    it is the African way to be ill diciplined! You are not going to change it because you are the ANC, in fact the wheel has come full circle to bite you.

  • lindsy.williams - 2012-01-30 11:22

    Boring, same old speech. How about just calling a spade a spade and just say that the anc is has lost the plot.Period.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-30 11:30

    hopefuly the anc caries on this path and a war within the party of idiots break out. maybe then its members could kill each other and the world could rid its self from alot of incopatent moronic racist murderous idiots.

  • Hotkop - 2012-01-30 11:33

    So what he's saying is" We are coming here with our ANC tendencies"

  • baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-30 11:46

    ACN "ANC" is going down soon.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-30 11:46

    The best thing the cANCer party could do, is to movie it's offices to Uranus - as they have their heads up their asses.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 11:51

    Oh it wasn't bad when you joined the zuma faction?

  • Leon - 2012-01-30 11:51

    Factionalism bad for ANC - Mantashe ANC bad for SA - Anyone with a few brain cells

  • Shirley - 2012-01-30 11:56

    Its more greed then "factionalism" The groups are formed by where/how they can enrich themselves rather that "loyalty" to a specific person or group. The old saying applies-"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" and greed,corruption and power struggle makes strange bed fellows!

  • Mash - 2012-01-30 12:10

    ANC doesnt depict good leadership in government,its national and provincial constituency.The problem with the ANC is illeterate leadership that people like mantashe demonstrate,a tunnel vissioned leader.I dont know why qwede is talking about factinalism while his efford and the others fails to stamp it out.The point here is how to make ANC united with its factionstherefore have an open debate about succession.People should have diffent views but yet united.Mantashe want ti prescribe to ANC members how to behave and not how to be united within factios.

  • braamc - 2012-01-30 12:13

    That is the least of your worries dude, what about all the thieves and corrupt trash you host? Now shoe and do something for the people

  • Bob - 2012-01-30 12:38

    Sorry, I do not think it is factionalism in the true sense…how about plain old power hungry skullduggery is a better way to define it…!

  • Lebowski - 2012-01-30 13:40

    Factionalism is unavoidable. For decades the ANC united against oppression, but now there is a big "enemy" shaped hole in party members' minds. So, it is only natural that they turn against one another. The ANC's biggest political rival doesn't have a name yet.

  • - 2012-01-30 17:49

    Couldn't the same be said of giving undivided loyalty to a party instead of your country? If we as South Africans put the needs of our country ahead of what party we voted for, we would have a much better government. ANC or DA, they would know they had to deliver to hold office. Maybe I am looking too far ahead in my crystal ball!

  • Tony - 2012-01-30 20:41

    These communists are driven by an intelligence greater than themselves when it comes to dealing with their failings. Its uncanny how they slip the noose every time their party is made to look bad especially with headline grabbing news like the bankrupt Provice of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo for example. On these issues that dont bother to comment but when it comes to an internal issue around factionalism they pipe up with some nonsense about how the ANC cannot tolerate it. The have a god who advises them some where and some how, I can feel it.

  • seane.mabitsela - 2012-01-31 07:55

    It is true that factionalism is a bad tendency but political organizations such as the ANC do not deal with it constitutionally.Instead, the same tendency is used to deal with the problem when it happens. The case of Malema is a clear example.

  • Matanje - 2012-02-27 22:11

    Factionalism is bad indeed, Mr Mantashe; but not half as bad as a stark failure on your part (you call yourself the secretary general, right?) to define "factionalism" for an ANC ruled under all (Mandela. Mbeki and now Zuma) dominated by tribalism. Where, my good communist friend, do you draw the dialectical line between tribalism and factionalism?

  • Titi - 2012-06-05 15:49

    Factionalism is no-new concept in the ANC. It existed in 2007 before the Polokwane Conference. Pity they only realise now that it is bad...You live by the sword,you die by the sword.....Sorry Gwede

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