'Forces of Change' voted out

2012-12-20 21:18

Bloemfontein - The so-called "Forces of Change" that had resisted ANC President Jacob Zuma's re-election were voted out of the party's national executive committee on Thursday.

None of those who contested the top six leadership posts without success earlier this week made it onto the 80-member NEC of the ANC.

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, who lost his bid for deputy president of the party, was number 10 on the NEC list at the last ANC elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

This time around, he did not make it.

Neither did former treasurer general Mathews Phosa, who also contested the deputy presidency, nor former deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise.

Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, who was number 15 on the NEC in 2007, were also excluded.

The five had automatically been put on the nomination list after they lost in the top six officials election at the 53rd ANC national conference in Mangaung.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who failed to challenge the party presidency, did not make himself available for election on the NEC.

History seemed to be repeating itself.

In 2007, when former president Thabo Mbeki lost the party presidency to Zuma, many of his allies did not make it onto the NEC list either.

That year, those excluded from the NEC were then deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and then cabinet ministers Alec Erwin, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Essop Pahad, Thoko Didiza, Sydney Mufamadi, Ronnie Kasrils and Ngconde Balfour, or director general in the presidency at the time, Frank Chikane.

The most popular NEC member of the Stellenbosch elective conference in 2002, Trevor Manuel, did not make himself available for election this year.

NEC members

Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, topped the NEC list in 2007.

This year, she was second-last on the list and the announcement of her name failed to draw any cheers.

Those who received the loudest cheers by delegates this year included sacked police commissioner Bheki Cele and former Gauteng housing MEC Humphreys Mmemezi, who was fired for misusing a state-issued credit card.

So did former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe and Zuma's media adviser Zizi Kodwa.

The new NEC also included several Cabinet ministers and AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as well as ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.


Delegates sang as the new members joined the party's top six on stage.

"Siwelewele Zumantashe...," they sang in a soccer celebration, stomping their feet, and waving party flags.

With two fingers in the air, indicating their support for Zuma's second term as ANC leader, they blew whistles and danced.

Cabinet ministers on the list are Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, Finance Minister Pravin Gordon, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu.

Former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, and former arts and culture minister Pallo Jordan were also elected.

Trade unionists who made it to the NEC were Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini, and Nehawu general secretary Fikile Majola.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-12-20 21:28

    I see tribalism and confusion. Come 2014 ANC will pay the biggest price ever.

      Abram Mashego - 2012-12-20 21:47

      elaborate more

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-20 21:52

      Why wait till the Vote of No Confidence in 2013, time for this group to take revenge....its a secret vote.

      sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-12-20 21:54

      hahahaha u wish sir

      nicholas.wessels - 2012-12-21 07:51

      If these guys broke away and formed a new party with Motlanthe as the leader. A party that is ethical, with clear ideas on how to solve SA's problems, I would vote for them. People think that white people will only vote for the DA, but I would vote for anyone who can take us forward and that can challenge the ANC for the popular vote. I just do not believe the ANC has the capacity or ability to do this.

      makgale.makgalemele - 2012-12-21 09:07

      There is nothing to elaborate on,Ngoako. It is obvious ANC has lost it. You can't suspend somebody because of bad behaviour and delegate such important responsibilities to that person. Abram, do we really have to celebrate election of Memezi and Cele? Please assess Jeff Radebe's Justice potfolio and tell if he deserves this position. There is no downfall in politics. Those who are left out will bounce back.

  • thomas.ngobeni - 2012-12-20 21:43

    very dissapointing it shows no maturity here by this anc is just destroying itself watch this pace

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-20 21:56

      Agree, like the IFP a KZN only party. I can see DA gaining members. For those not going to DA, I would like to see COPE and UDM become one with an increase from "Force of Change' members.

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2012-12-20 21:43

    This is evidence that Malema doesn't have support within ANC structures. Shame, this is the end of the downfall of Malema and his associates. Prison is the answer for Malema.

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2012-12-20 21:45

    i disagree. Wait for the campaign next year you will regret.

  • duncan.phopi - 2012-12-20 21:56

    these elected nec is a `laughing stork`lacking unity and quality.

      mfaniseni.thusi - 2012-12-20 23:58

      Wishful thinking keep on dreaming....

  • sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-12-20 21:56

    Zuma is always a winner, he wins all the battles thrown at him. viva Msholozi omakhandakhanda vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! i guess i am an idiot

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-20 22:48

      You guessed right....

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-20 23:35

      yes baas nic

      hlanganani.ndlovu - 2012-12-21 00:32

      yeah he also wins ya tax to fund his private property, wives, Khulubuse etc..wake up

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-21 22:54

      yes baas snyman i know

  • lloyd.sedio.9 - 2012-12-20 21:59

    they voted for quantity rather than quality leaders. Delegates never applied their minds when voting, they were ordered to vote for some of this leaders, and ordered not to vote for some

      amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-12-21 08:29

      Shows how mindless the ANC followers are if they have to be told who to vote for!

  • terence.wessels - 2012-12-20 22:00

    Voted out? Don't make me laugh. Bought out, that's what. You think we are all stupid don't you Zoomer? 2014 will tell the tale. ANC will win again yes, but you have lost 10 percent at least. No more two thirds thieves. Your time is near. Run this place properly or face the results.

  • danie.malan - 2012-12-20 22:03

    Now is the time for these clever people to break away from the cANCer and leave them. This will be a 'nice' blow to the cANCer base and good for SA politics!

      Shaku Matlou - 2012-12-21 04:23

      Danie ur a genius. I fully agree.

      molebatsi.ramonaheng - 2012-12-21 11:04

      U lost guys get it

  • bhekubaba.mawelela - 2012-12-20 22:18

    Just like the Mandela note ,Bigfive on the other side and face of realy Hope of SA on the other side.The conference was two side ,those fighting for change in the society and those who are changing their lives.Hope the right side of the coin Won.

  • Synomore - 2012-12-20 22:30

    Poor Julius all the barking came to nothing. I wonder what is he thinking right now. It just shows he doesnt have support in the ANC

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-12-21 12:22

      About the only good thing that came out of this conference is that it would appear that Malema's "plug has been pulled" quite effectively. Maybe it was rather foolish of some of those who "lost out" to have sided with a piece of poison like that. Dragged them down into the mud as well.

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-12-20 22:41

    The and is rotten from the top down, and from the bottom up.all these branch delegates at the conferences are councillors and mini presidents in their towns, they all benefit from the results of these votes by new jobs, tenders sweet deals etc while the poor watch. The leadership has no real commitment to fighting corruption because the delegates are corrupt might think we are stupid but we can see through it all,even/the old ladies coming to collect treatment and finding no suplies at theclinics. The anc thinks itwas responsible for ending apartheid, but no, it was south africans. We have done it before and we will be successful in bringing a second regime change in this country. And youngest of them like pule mabe will sit in court to face the crimes of this party and south africa viva,phansi corruption and hypocrisy phansi,

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-12-20 22:56

      and bythe way mr president,my colleagues on theground here, disgruntled health care workers who face thepoorest of the country and have to explain why their children are dying because we have no better equipment, why pensioners have to buy their own treatments because the supply chain for pharmacies is collapsing,why they are ling in hospital beds for months notworking for their children,we sit with them and tell them the truth. That you, your party, their councillors, and various tender holders are responsible. We give them the number to the presidential hotline to call and report to you, and see how much you care about them.yes they will vote for you in 2014 to honour the memory of nelson mandela, but apartheid was along time ago, we are slowly forgeting because the new wounds are fresher and sting more. Our hatred for crimes perpetrated by or supposed saviours are much more painful than those of people who thouht were different from can/remind us all you want of apartheid and the pains we endured but my gosh, day by day those are becoming memories of the past, and we have immediate danger growing amongst our midsts. Enjoy and celebrate the positions you give each other but your day isbdrawing near, you will your words when you said you will rule south africans until jesus comes down. I am done.

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-12-20 23:56

      True dat, and man I used 2 like de ANC but hey dey are corrupt those fellows

      vicki.malatse - 2012-12-21 06:26

      True that Lotus,we are the forces of change on the ground,I and my collegues also tells them why they are receiving sub standard treatment,we also give them the presidential hotline and tells them that we doubt much will be done.Yes I agree it was us the SA who fought for this democracy,most of them cadres were in prison or exile.It was the people who suffered under apartheid,it was our uncles,aunts,mathers and fathers who fought in the struggle

  • Simon Chabuka - 2012-12-20 23:19

    anyone but zuma campaign was pitiful Malema thought he was king kong All those speeches in Marikana

  • mfaniseni.thusi - 2012-12-20 23:24

    Anti ANCs will always write negative but who cares? ANC is here to stay it managed to govern people under impossible situations during apartheid why should it fail now? Most commentators here are bitter and sour about the success of this triumphant giant. Viva ANC Viva. Thatha Msholozi thatha.

      jcat24 - 2012-12-21 00:09

      Well its was good that apartied ended in 1994 , however the country is on a never ending decline for most of the population. Just one example , I want to point out and ask you how can the government spend millions on cars?(20 percent of that money would have been enough to buy modest vehicles? 80 percent of that money could have been spent on RDP house's for the people still living in shacks? So Viva to the country's decline you mean?

  • hlanganani.ndlovu - 2012-12-21 00:22

    God save us 4rm da Zuma zombies, fat thieves and their chief..amen

  • sandile.mbatha.528 - 2012-12-21 01:02

    When God saved the His children from the hands of the cruel Egyptian king Pharaoh, during the 40yrs across the dessert to the promised land. Many lost faith and said they were better off in the hand of their oppressor. Because they thought the road to the promise land would be smooth and easy. It's is never easy and you don't get the over night.

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-12-21 05:11

    Eish Zuma does it again against all the surveys that predicted comrade kgamela to come out tops. Yep call it whatever but come 2014 we take 70% of the votes

      stirer.kathray - 2012-12-21 06:11

      Wrong again. All the surveys predicted that Zuma was going to win, but that he was fast losing the support he had. The current ANC leadership has ways to smother those who don't agree with the top few. The party within itself is non democratic, and the masses are still living in the past. The struggle is over; it's long past time to look at the future and the economy. The policies I see right now, kills entrepreneurship, ensures that unemployment is rife and deters foreign investment (the building blocks to world trade and job creation.)

      molebatsi.ramonaheng - 2012-12-21 11:00

      That's true comrade, white media nd their allies failed,

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-12-21 06:49

    for all those believers that believe that the R250 mil for nkandla he is paying it back , he earns R1.8 mil per annum ,it will take 200 years to pay back , is this possible ? and who is going to maintain this ? us tax payers of course , so no service delivery protests please you know where the money is going and were quite happy with the status quo

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-12-21 06:55

    Does the loud cheers at Humphrey Memezi's election to the ANC NEC means the party championed corrupt elements? Just my observation!

      Cayowin - 2012-12-28 11:46

      A jail term in the ANC is a requirement for office, be that for political activism against apartheid; planting bombs; kidnapping and murdering children or just plain old fraud and corruption. The longer the jail term the louder the cheers.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-12-21 08:16

    Cheering for corruption today, complaining about poverty tomorow. Lmao!! African national corruption!! Dont blame the white man anymore, its your anc that causes poverty and keeps people in poverty

  • zaaristotle - 2012-12-21 08:32

    This is probably good for the opposition, bad for the ANC. No organisation, be it political, business, religious or any other sphere can survive without constant renewal. It is often opposing views and the debates around these views that constantly lead to new ideas, new visions and new strategies. When you get an executive of yes-men, or a dictatorial “CEO”, the organisation invariably falters and even fails. It's a case of the CEO DOES NOT always know best. Good leaders know this. They recognize the need to take the good out of all ideas and discussions and make it their own.

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-12-21 09:57

    Seems that the bigger the crime, the higher up the position scale you go....

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-21 10:09

    Democracy has results one side is for now right and the other is wrong. Demcratic Values as an agency for are mostly dynamic but also rational in practice .

  • molebatsi.ramonaheng - 2012-12-21 11:12

    Come on guys, u were bitter after Polokwane nd said ANC is gna fall nd COPE will govern SA, you lost again take it, u can keep moaning it amuses me

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-21 11:25

    The forces of change were voted out. The Zuma camp is complete, next he will want a general's uniform and twelve more wives.Probably the information bill will become law and we will know nothing about what is going on. Some dare even to call it a democracy. Silly fools.

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