Gigaba undermining ANC unity - deputy minister

2012-01-28 23:05

Johannesburg - Divisions over the ANC's succession debate and the disciplinary appeal hearing of its youth leaders have spilled over to President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet, according to a report on Saturday.

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Poloko tore into Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba for "undermining" unity within the African National Congress by publicly discussing internal issues, the Sunday Times said.

"I believe comrades are out of order, in particular Malusi, because this is not the first time that he goes and rebukes structures of the organisation in public," Tobias-Poloko was quoted as saying.

"It can never be right," she said, responding to Gigaba's comments in which he reportedly ruled out the possibility of a political solution to ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's disciplinary case.

Gigaba, regarded as one of those campaigning for Zuma to serve a second term as a party leader, had also reportedly berated those calling for generational mix to be made ANC policy.

Tobias-Poloko said such utterances could be viewed as "perpetuating divisions and disunity in the organisation." She and Gibaga are members of the ANC national executive committee. A defiant Gigaba said he believes the action against the youth league leaders had been long overdue, the report said.

"I think the ANC made a mistake along the way. One of those is not to intervene timeously and strictly whenever instances have arisen [in which] the constitution of the ANC was breached

"The leadership of the ANC must intervene regardless of how cosy its relationship with the incumbent leadership is."

Tobias-Poloko wants the ANC to intervene and stop all party leaders from publicly expressing opinions on internal matters.

"We need to treat each other with respect and not use dirty tricks to engage each other," she reportedly said.

  • boatmedic - 2012-01-28 23:27

    Give a man enough rope.........

      Francois - 2012-01-28 23:56

      Or a woman - she must also practice what she preaches.

      vermeulenwa - 2012-01-29 02:09

      I agree... "Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Poloko tore into Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba for "undermining" unity within the African National Congress by publicly discussing internal issues, the Sunday Times said." Is'nt the Minister of DTI doing the same thing? After all, we're reading about it? I mean I kinda agree with her...internal matters should remain internal...but still.

      Dave - 2012-01-29 06:05

      This is the pot calling the kettle dirty, ( can't use the normal quote as I may be called a racist)

      pdilapiso - 2012-01-29 09:30

      My point exactly... Let the ANC punish those who goes to the media in a quest to gain popularity by leaking internal party issues..lets just take look @ what happened last week about the ANCYL appeal process, where the media was totally shutout from the appeals proceedings!!that’s exactly how they should treat the media. The media doesn’t focus on telling stories but make a mountain out of a molehill, for one thing only “PROFIT”! the media doesn’t not care about creating knowledge for our society but to deceive it in believing that they live in worse state ever! Shame on mediocrity of the media of this country let alone the international media!i dont believe the media and sites like this (news24)should be trusted with knowledge!

      Andre - 2012-01-29 10:41

      I support Gigaba purely because he is not supporting the ANC Useless League. The enemy of your enemy is your friend!

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-28 23:35

    The ANC is without a leader thats why anyone is accountable to nobody but themselves.Jacob zuma is divisive and weak and this situation is very dangerous for the organisation thats tasked to fight poverty,improve health services and provide jobs.He is not the correct leader to unite and re focus the movemant towards the future and if the situation is not corrected,the ANC do not have a future in South Africa

      AyGeewils - 2012-01-28 23:44

      Certainly - but can the right man step forward without muck on his hands?

      Juan - 2012-01-28 23:48

      I agree Mboweni, in short he sucks as a leader. Did the ANC not hear any warning bells when they elected a "leader" who had more than 700 corruption charges brought against him? He together with julias is an embarrasment to South Africa

      Whitty - 2012-01-28 23:58

      I think he was elected in the current position deliberately so that clever members could fill their pockets without him noticing,even if he noticed they knew he doesn't have the capacity that is equals to Mbeki's to stop them.They met their objectives now it's time for him to go we want an intellect to move the country forward not a chief.

      Daniel - 2012-01-29 07:36

      Is it really an internal matter? Is Mr Malema not a public entity? And in this case Mr Gigaba is doing the right thing in keeping as informed that in a democracy there is never just one opinion by a party! There must be different opinions about all things in a democracy, otherwise the democracy dies and opression reigns!

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-29 08:57

      Stop talking about me behind my back. I will spray you.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-01-29 12:34

      Tney are criminal mafia and should be banned from politics. Stealing or corrupting R21billion in one year surely shows that I am right. What is the worth of the constitution if it cannot protect us from such blantant criminality of a party.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-01-28 23:39

    Problem for the ANC is the lack of political experience - instead of concentrating on establishing a credible and functioning government that can lead the whole nation towards stabilty and prosperity - they have ignored the reality of statesmanship, enriched themselves and their buddies and now they reap what they have sown - distrust - infighting and corruption. They have made their own bed ....

      Gollum - 2012-01-29 03:45

      Well said.

      Max - 2012-01-29 05:20

      Agree, it is like a bunch of children fighting over sweets that do not even belong to them without adult supervision.

      Sharon - 2012-01-29 17:05

      there is no honour amongst theivs

      Alf - 2012-05-25 16:30

      The present leaders of the ANC and its allies are only out to loot as much as they can in the shortest time possible. Why else would a president marry wholesale and father children anywhere? Would he also have 4 wives and 2 Dozen children (give or take a few) if he had to work for a living? He is SPEARHEADING the movement, therefore the main culprit and should be fired and brought to trial for all his illegal acxtivities that got swept under the carpet!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-28 23:40

    Of course, because it bothers you if cadres breach the ANC constitution, but not when they breach the constitution of the country. But anways, fight on, tear the party apart.

  • Errol Rudman - 2012-01-28 23:58

    How do we expect the ruling party to run a country if they can't even keep their own house in check?

      Garth - 2012-01-29 09:40

      Massive contradiction there Errol: `ruling party' and `run a country'. Read your sentence again - it just does not work, does it? Now, if you had said `running the country into the ground' or `running out of credible mouthpieces' or `running out of excuses' or `running away from accountability' or, okay, okay enough.

  • Piet - 2012-01-28 23:58

    Thats the nature of matter how "united" any political party claim to be, every individual's lust for power lead to chaos. Go through the past 100 years of politics, no matter who governs a country, greed and power will eventually result in political change....its been like that for centuries, and always will. Its human nature. Sorry ANC, you will NOT rule until Jesus comes...

      Brian - 2012-01-29 05:53

      I still don't understand this "power" thing. Those elected into government, by the people, are there to guide the country and WORK FOR THE PEOPLE> Ever heard of the phrase "Public Servant"? They are there to SERVE us, our best interests, the country's best interests - so where is the 'power'?

      AyGeewils - 2012-01-29 06:52

      Brian - Their power is the public purse - billions of tax-payers Rands just blew their minds ...

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-29 08:00

      I agree @Piet, but the problem in SA is the ANC, either by poor governance or on purpose have the bulk of the population either uneducated or under-educated, so the only "news" they may have access to is fed to them piecemeal - if they do watch TV, it is usually the SABC....and I am appalled at how ANC Biased the 7pm "News" has now become.

      Garth - 2012-01-29 09:44

      Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Without educated voter-masses these ineptocrats will remain in power until revolution burns this country to the ground. They refuse to learn from the north; they believe that they are cleverer than everyone else(K-D); and they refuse to educate their ignorant supporters, knowing full-well that it shall lead to their undoing. Get out there and educate the ignorant masses.

  • Jacques Joubert - 2012-01-29 01:45

    Stupidity at the Highest! I gonna become a Dr also! :)

  • ISO - 2012-01-29 06:17

    The government should desolve the ANC and put a party in power that can lead this country.

      George - 2012-01-29 08:05

      @ Mbuyiswa Mrasi, Yes clowns voted by clowns What a circus All thats missing is a ringmaster

      Mano-Lee - 2012-01-29 08:16

      Its quite simple Mbuyiswa, the anc (not worthy of capital letters) has people like you, who firstly cannot spell and secondly will vote them into power irrespective of the ability to govern, believing that they, the mindless masses, are the goverment and have the power to sway the policies of the anc. Its pretty much the dumb voting the stupid in. But make no mistake, as there is a universal principle, which you may not understand for obvious reasons, that states " a house divided against itself WILL fall!" And that comes from Jesus Himself. I look forward to your goverments demise

      Sinudeity - 2012-01-29 08:22

      "Racist party of yours" Hehehe, smells like propaganda up in here.

      ISO - 2012-01-29 08:27

      You will be surprised how many ANC voters have changed parties, due to the lack of leadership in the ANC. Open your eyes and see the signs, its clearly visible that the people are gatvol of the ANC unpresidented lack of accomplishments. If the ANC was a party that could govern this country to prosperity they would have my vote, but unfortuantly thats not the case and my logic tells me to vote for a party that can!

      Elton - 2012-01-29 10:06

      @ Mbuyiswa Mrasi. Stupid, I think not mate. anc = np zuma = verwoerd malema = pw If you have ever voted anc you should be very very ashamed of yourself. Just as this country got rid of the np it must now get rid of the anc. How on earth can you say it is stupid? Don't you want to live free?

  • Philip - 2012-01-29 06:39

    She's blowing air out of her ying yang. The people vote the government into power, and there comes that powerful word 'transparency' There should be no internal matters. The people have the right to know what goes on, and open discussion is the only way. Who knows what could be hidden behing those closed doors....

      Philip - 2012-01-29 06:42

      Oops, it's behind and not behing.

  • Grant - 2012-01-29 06:54

    "Tobias-Poloko wants the ANC to intervene and stop all party leaders from publicly expressing opinions on internal matters." Then what does she do? Goes pubblic. Only in South Africa... When people see the lavish lifestyle presidents both past and present live, many people willl do anything to get the job if only for a few years.

  • Donovan - 2012-01-29 07:36

    And so it goes on, if only the Anarchist, Non delivery, Corrupt party would spend as much time formulating AND implimenting forward looking policies, as they do fighting amongst themselves, we would not be where we are right now

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-29 07:47

    Respect Must Be Earned, Disputes-past and Present- Will it be the same in the future?

      ISO - 2012-01-29 08:04

      Rightfully so Charmain. If the people of this country keep on voting for the same party (ANC) i do not see any change.

  • Riaan - 2012-01-29 07:57

    Oooh everyday more holes are appearing in the titanic..loving it!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-29 07:59 it "they all fall down"

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-01-29 08:01

    They are all a bunch of "Polookos"

  • Robi - 2012-01-29 08:03

    I congratulate the ANC for overcoming oppression and apartheid simultaneously to warn the ANC of the ethnicity and greed culture emerging within the party. Section of society believes that if someone put into power or remains in power positions in the government are safe. The culture needs to be addressed as urgently as possible. It indicates leadership in the ANC has evolved and it is no longer tool to serve the masses but the individuals holding powerful positions within the ANC. This left me with one question, “is the ANC failing society by serving individuals within the party?

  • Blip - 2012-01-29 08:20

    Divide et impera.

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-29 08:20

    Dissention in the ranks. No good for anyone.

  • mike.clery - 2012-01-29 08:47

    So Tobias-Poloko is from the "hide and deny" school. She shouldn't be a member of government because she clearly doesn't understand that government is there to serve *all* the people of SA, not just the interests of the looters club.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-29 08:50

    And this deputy minister is not airing the party's smelly socks in public? Haibo methinks this crew are so busy biting everyone they sometime gaff themselves i the frenzy

  • Mokaiemang - 2012-01-29 09:02


      Larry - 2012-01-29 09:20

      A better headline would read "ANC destroying South African unity".

  • Peter - 2012-01-29 09:48

    "ANC" and "unity" are concepts very far removed from one another. The ANC is probably one of the best examples on the planet of complete lack of unity, of complete self interest at all costs. And the cost has been extremely expensive to this country.

  • tmokheseng1 - 2012-01-29 10:22

    Gigaba should be dealt with for sow division in the party

  • Andre - 2012-01-29 10:39

    I support Gigaba purely because he is not supporting the ANC Useless League. The enemy of your enemy is your friend!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-29 12:32

    Dog eats dog...what a lotta jokers these people are.

  • mashavha - 2012-01-29 13:49

    what post are u targeting minister?

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-01-29 21:37

    What is the point of pointing out the obvious to the ANC ...they are on a path that will destroy the South Africa we all knew and loved. Just wish they would read these posts..they might find the truth here of how the people are feeling.

  • thomas.mazibisa - 2012-01-30 12:54

    thats what happens if leadership is weak

  • Ntshengedzeni - 2012-02-04 11:46

    Gigaba need to grow and stop behaving like a teenager.He used gorvement money to spoil his ex-wife. Now he pretend as if he is holy. If he want to be a best minister he must work hard not sawing division in the party.

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