Factionalism costing ANC: Nzimande

2011-06-28 14:11

Midrand - Ongoing factionalism was harming the ruling alliance, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday.

"Until very late in the [2011 election] campaign, at least apparently, some forces within our movement appeared to be holding back," read a copy of his speech delivered at Cosatu's central committee meeting at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Elements of the "new tendency" seemed to be fighting the ANC's 2012 election conference and the 2014 election campaign rather than campaigning for the local government elections held in May.

In its post-election analysis the ANC acknowledged utterances by leaders, such as ANCYL president Julius Malema calling whites "criminals" could have harmed the party's campaign.

"Demagogic anti-white utterances and theatrical parading with sub-machine gun toting heavies fuelled the DA [Democratic Alliance] campaign not just in the white community, but also in other so called 'minority' communities, with the DA appealing to a sense of minorities under threat."

The election campaign underlined the need to deal with "demagoguery, ill-discipline and factionalism".

Warning lights

Nzimande said it would be a mistake for the ANC not to take the "warning lights flashing at us" seriously.

"There is a massive popular anger directed against many local ANC councillors and some voters were giving us a 'one last chance'."

He criticised the media for claiming victory for the DA, which only obtained 23% of the vote, and for saying the ANC had "lost" the elections when it obtained 63% of votes.

Nzimande told Cosatu's central committee the relationship between the SACP and the union federation was "sacrosanct".

"That is why we are saying we must close ranks against the new tendency and its shock troopers, and we must unite in common action around the five key strategic priorities on which we have long agreed."

He said the relationship between Cosatu and the SACP went beyond individuals. He was adamant that the recent source of tension between the two - SACP office bearers being put in government positions - was a "closed matter".

Nzimande also urged the government not to acquiesce to the Swazi government's request for a loan, unless it allowed for "democratic expressions" by the country's people.

  • Badger - 2011-06-28 14:15

    The cracks are getting bigger......

      IQ - 2011-06-28 14:17

      One thing for sure. Julius will never die from Brain Cancer!

      senkgisha - 2011-06-28 14:23

      Correct...let them reach their uts so that we can witness the analysers.LOL!!!

      Psychotron - 2011-06-28 14:43

      @senkgisha - ???

      saabnut - 2011-06-28 14:48

      And a pig without a trough is a really dangerous creature...

      stiffler - 2011-06-28 14:50

      Pretty soon they'll realise what an idiot Malema is and hopefully get rid of him. Im hoping it'll be too little too late and the DA gets elected into Govt.

      ratex - 2011-06-28 14:54

      Make the circle beeegeeer. For once this aint the white mans problem. The cANCer can only blame themselves. Xmas in June, I like it

      Coconut - 2011-06-28 15:13

      Of course Julius Malema will never die of brain cancer because he does not have a single brain cell in his body let alone his head. Let the twot, Malema, continue to carry on his charade in an unchecked manner and the cANCer will continue its downward fall into oblivion.

      USSA - 2011-06-28 15:26

      It is clear that communication and synergy has completely "left the building". The cracks you refer to is stretching to Grand Canyon size, simply because the "three hands" on this body called the New South Africa cannot pick up the same shovel to start repairing the damage caused by different agendas. When one hand doesn't know what the other is doing, which is the case in the ANC, it is already a problem. So Blade comes and throws another "drol in the drinking water" by adding Factionalism to a list of problematic words within the "tri-pod" alliance, and slowly this obvious move in damage control proves them being ashamed of Fatboy Malema making their name poefie without their permission. Good luck buddy...too little too late.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 15:28

      How can the anc function without factionalism when it has the sacp and unions as partners? Impossible! Out with the anc!

      MandlaSithole - 2011-06-28 15:31

      Right next to the cracks are holes as big as Julius' ego.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-28 14:16

    Thats the problem when everyone wants to be the Chief and nobody wants to be the Indians (Too many chiefs, not enough Indians).

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-28 14:40

      Ay, my cuzzie, now you chuuning...not enough Indians.!!!

      Chris Hansen - 2011-06-28 15:21

      Lol I see what you did thar

  • SiphoAllenHadebe - 2011-06-28 14:22

    Yes we saw this coming for along time. U have Julius of hate speech, and nationalization, and JZ who does not understand what every summit he goes to is about, if it is about global warming he will say something like "so then but now in fact especially because what was the summit about again?". And the you have Nelson the man the moment, gave consent for church street bombing

      Psychotron - 2011-06-28 14:42

      Just goes to show you are supporting criminals.

      Vernon - 2011-06-28 15:19

      Summits ,Summits JZ can summit my middle finger

      Malusi - 2011-06-28 20:28

      U seems to know much,to me u like those people who always think that will detect what other people must do. U behave like whites who always think that they have came in Africa to correct us. Go and vote DA if u are not happy about ANC

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 22:29

      Hey Malusi, did you understand what you read in the article? Your ANC buddy Blade Nzimande is saying your ANC is stuffing up by blaming whites for all the problems and fatboy Malema is to blame for opening his big mouth. Got it? Now go back to school and study English comprehension.

  • Tolerant - 2011-06-28 14:24

    You can see Blade and Julius are not the best of friends.

      USSA - 2011-06-28 15:32

      It's damage control...that's all. Sly way of saying Mal Emmer is wrong, but he $hits himself the spineless one, so he doesn't talk to Malema direct. He throws some words in the wind...hoping someone would get a gun and mow down the little fat youth.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-28 14:24

    The president, the jARS, the unions can take the blame for the crisis in SA. They were warned but were too arrogant to think it would ever happen. How many times were they warned to look North and be careful that the same didn't happen down South? Ignorance is bliss to them and now its too bloody late.

      Psychotron - 2011-06-28 14:42

      Arrogance will be the downfall of the ANC.

  • kolobe - 2011-06-28 14:25

    anc shouldnt be partnering with the useless sacp,what do they bring to the table except for statements?

      Nintendo - 2011-06-28 14:33


      Psychotron - 2011-06-28 14:41

      But they are a great party only when it comes to elections right?

      onetickie - 2011-06-28 14:52

      @Psychotron: NO. They are just great at partying at election rallies, two very different things.

      McDaNife - 2011-06-28 15:02

      Blade has done something where the ANC has failed. Shows the ANC is scared of Julius you moron.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 15:08

      I would not call them "statements" I would call them "slogans".

  • ???? - 2011-06-28 14:28

    Instead of paying attention to problems in Gauteng such as mine water and toll gates,the DA decided to use swart gevaar tactics to convince coloured people to vote for them,in a province which already looked secure for a DA victory.And then the DA claimed victory with 23%? LMAO,I thought u needed 50% plus one vote to claim victory. The DA has failed to be vocal in Gauteng.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 15:06

      @???? You really are and arch-twit!

  • Notbuyinface - 2011-06-28 14:29

    Bye bye blade. A red wine communist who is oppossed to nationalisation is proof of Malema's assertion that the poor are without the vanguard. A cabinet post is very diluting. You are a poor demagogue yourself. labeling a black youth who get a tender a tenderpreneur, you call any white monopoly(unempowered) who get tenders 'contractors'. Shame on you.

      Smindlo - 2011-06-28 14:36


  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-28 14:34

    Nzimande, good for opening your mouth..also for opposing Swaziland's Loan..

  • Mad man - 2011-06-28 14:37

    Chase away whites in the ANC, this is a strategy by DA to divide blacks like during apartheid

      Psychotron - 2011-06-28 14:40

      I see the ANC is running scared. Always blame someone else other than your cadres. The whites in the ANC think like you darkies therefore they are exactly like your beloved ANC. Get over yourself.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 15:04

      @Mad man = Did you pass woodwork? Do you have a better education than your President?

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 22:38

      The DA doesn't chase whites away from the ANC, the ANC chases whites away by itself. Just listen to Malema.

  • Bosj - 2011-06-28 14:37

    He..he..he. The chickens are coming home to die...He ..he..hee. Ohhh I love it when a stand up comedian is laughing at himself.

  • Kalabas - 2011-06-28 14:38

    It's only the beginning of the end... The wheel turnes quicker than we can possibly percieve. Welcome to Planet Earth ANC.

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-06-28 14:39

    The only to unite and dignify the ruling party is to be realistic on Malema and censor/sideline his unorthodox rhetoric and let the constitution determine the rule of law.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 14:54

      @Hamilton - "let the constitution determine the rule of law", yes, I agree! The anc will only learn to behave like a modern political party if it has a really strong opposition. The eyes of the world are on South Africa, we cannot afford to have a third-rate government in this day and age. The anc is most definitely a third rate party of fools. That opposition is the DA, no other party presently in SA will be able to grow into an alternative government. Give the anc the fright of their lives! Vote DA at the next elections! Viva DA!

  • Kalabas - 2011-06-28 14:40

    It's merely the beginning of the end... These days the wheel turns quicker than we can possibly percieve. Welcome to Planet Earth ANC!

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 14:48

      Yes, it is the beginning of the end for the anc. What to do now? Think positive and act positive. Vote DA!

  • dr - 2011-06-28 14:42

    This is course by greediness they all want their share of millions b4 they took their pension money they all the same tehy just dont get.

  • Brian - 2011-06-28 14:42

    Nzimande is kaking himself, the ANC could continue as the are without the SACP but the SACP is f****d without the ANC

      grs911 - 2011-06-28 16:47

      @Brian. I am opposed to communism, SACP, ANC, ANCYL. But if you listen to what Blade Nzimande has to say, is he really a communist? Whatever, and if one can believe anything of what any of "these people" have to say, at least he is opposed to JM's ridiculous rantings and policies. Don't forget: 1) my enemy's enemy is my friend, as tough as that may be to contemplate! 2) the more they rant and disagree the more they pave the way for the DA.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 14:46

    BEE is a demagogic anti-White racist tendency! The anc is a demagogic racist party that will never grow beyond is parochial present. We need stability and common sense in the next elections, so vote DA. Vote DA in the next elections! Boot the anc!

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 16:37

      BEE is a demagogic anti-White, anti-Indian,anti-Coloured, anti-Khoi/San racist tendency! The anc is a demagogic racist party that will never grow beyond is parochial present. We need stability and common sense in the next elections, so vote DA. Vote DA in the next elections! Boot the anc!

      Malusi - 2011-06-28 20:32

      In your dreams white cockroche

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 22:42

      Ah Malusi, I see your posts have given up any debate and you have descended into name calling. Now what name could I call you? Try guessing.

  • Mad man - 2011-06-28 15:15

    Mad Dog: More educated than your father, actually more than anythings that you call brothers and sister in your family. You with a chicken brain

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 16:46

      So you are more educated than your President! Ha! Ha! You could even get a job as stamp-licker in the anc government! FYI Mad man, I have a mechanical engineer, two electronic engineers, a teacher, a professor of chemistry, two doctors, an anthologist, a geophysicist and a ships captain in my family. And my grandfather was a carpenter. So Wahhh! All it took was self-discipline and a lot of hard work. You can do it too!

      Anonymus - 2011-06-28 17:20

      @mad man - do you even know who your father is? you just one of those little jelly totsies that wishes he was white.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 22:48

      I am more educated than my president and his kindergarten leader. But they won't let me advise anyone in government because I'm white and therefore automatically labelled a racist. Unlike Mad Man, who cannot ever be racist just because his father was oppressed. I am also more articulate than Mad Man in the English language and unlike him, I can actually express an argument in writing. Wanna try Mad Man?

  • Andrew - 2011-06-28 15:20

    Divide And Rule!!

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 16:48

      anc divided by 3 = no rule at all!

  • mickh - 2011-06-28 15:22

    Of course you will have factionalism. How can you possible have a successful alliance of an outdated communist party, together with a capitalist ANC and a labour movement for goodness sake. Their objectives are pole apart, which is why it is an unhealthyu alliance because government is trying to appease all three parties to the alliance.

  • mike - 2011-06-28 15:29

    The cracks are taking too long. Viva the bloody agent

  • biskit - 2011-06-28 15:31

    I Think Malema must learn from what Blade has to say

  • KarinR - 2011-06-28 15:32

    There is no happy ending to this story. Too many greedy people wanting power, money etc. The ordinary man, black and white, will pay the price for this power hungry government. How dare they divide the country and antogonise black against white like this? They will not be the people paying a hefty price for a broken country, we all will, and so will our children!

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-06-28 15:48

    Read what Kader Asmal had to say about Blade... answers all questions ,

  • Baddy - 2011-06-28 16:20

    This guys face looks like a naartjie :) Hhahahahaha

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 16:29

    A troika is a sleigh pulled by three horses. The anc is a load of bullsh pulled by three donkeys!

  • Malusi - 2011-06-28 20:16

    @ Mad dog...Do u think is there any normal person that can vote for apartheild? DA is a racist organisation. There is a smell of racism in DA, SA doesn't need a non-white toilet and busshelter.

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