Magashule condemns buying of votes

2012-04-24 13:09

Bloemfontein - ANC Free State chairperson Ace Magashule spoke out about the buying of votes at the party's conferences, in an interview in The New Age on Tuesday.

"People want to be leaders of the organisation, therefore they splash money around. People want to be multimillionaires overnight," he said.

"You can see that people no longer want to study. They've got businesses, tenders. People no longer work hard. It's a scramble for power, it's a scramble for resources," said Magashule.

Magashule, who is also premier of the Free State, said this phenomenon had discouraged the youth from going to school as young people looked for easier ways of getting rich quickly.

He said the practice needed to come to an end, and the ANC needed to find a way of dealing with it. Good leaders would not worry about material benefits accrued from the government.

Wits University political analyst Daryl Glaser said Magashule was not the first leader in the ANC, and the tripartite alliance to raise the problem. Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe had also done so.

Magashule is hoping to be re-elected provincial chairperson next month. His challenger is ANC provincial treasurer Mxolisi Dukwana.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-24 13:16

    Surprise surprise? No not really. Nothing is going to stop this issue any time soon. This guy will be silenced for doing the right thing. Eager to hear how the ANC diehards defend this one in the comments.

      Cpo - 2012-04-24 13:45

      Thats a very rich statement coming from Ace,the people of freestate are not fools,The Regime change faction is making inroads into his territories,the man is scared of loosing power....

  • Kala - 2012-04-24 13:16

    I'm sure that the only reason an ANC member is talking like this is because he has no votes to sell.

      Alan - 2012-04-24 14:06

      hmmm - This is odd - as the ANC's A-Game is to buy votes with food parcels around election times. With all the votes the ANC is losing because of the E-Toll scam .. they really need ot be able to still buy voters.

  • thozi - 2012-04-24 13:21

    Ma, look who's talking?????

  • Phello - 2012-04-24 13:24

    Well said Cde Ace,materials gain have gain grounds and compromised principle and core values of the organization!

  • Brett - 2012-04-24 13:26

    This is obviously how they define "economic freedom". Enriching themselves at the expense of others. It's only a matter of time before the well dries up. Sadly the sheeple continue to vote for them, adoring those who rob them.

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-04-24 13:27

    We all know this. What's new!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-04-24 13:35

    So what is bucket of chicken and the free t shirt then ???

      Koos - 2012-04-24 14:11

      Only one piece of chicken per voter. ANC voters are cheep that way and the free T Shirt has multiple uses.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-24 14:29

      Cheep = chicken?

      Koos - 2012-04-24 15:57

      Well Stirrer it ain't no fillet steak that I know.

      Glyn - 2012-04-24 16:01

      Cheep = chicken = sheep = anc = e-tolls = no education = anc fatcats = you are poor forever. Vote DA.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-24 13:41

    Its eay to splash money around when its not yours and there is plenty more where that came from!

  • Hosi M. K-z Xivulani - 2012-04-24 13:47

    Coming from Ace it is nonsense! He should practice what he preaches...

      Piet - 2012-04-24 13:48

      Bababababababababa Black sheep....

  • Piet - 2012-04-24 13:48

    Well that is what the ANC has become. A money grabbing entity...

  • Rose - 2012-04-24 13:51


  • david.lebethe - 2012-04-24 13:56

    Look who is talking?! It is his government and through his stewardship that has caused mess in the country and contributed to moral decay. Magashule is today clinging to power because he knows the benefit thereof. His project - Operation Hlasela - has already attracted attention of Public Protector and the Hawks and so are municipalities (Ngwathe and Matshabeng) that are under his control. Besides, his contest for re-election is indicative of leadership bankcruptcy in the Anc.

      Templeton - 2012-04-24 14:23

      Ace is the worst Looooter, he must go like JUJU boy. I hear this idiot is building a 20Mill house in Cape town, so shut up you power hundry old idiot.

  • Mart - 2012-04-24 14:02

    ORGANISED CRIME SYNDICATES are the real power behind the ANC. They, the ANC 'leaders', are muppets.

  • Koos - 2012-04-24 14:17

    I can still remember when I saw my first “organized” black community. I can still remember it as if it was yesterday. There were a bunch of men sitting in front of a very colorful hut talking and smoking pipes with puffs of smoke every now and then. You could hear them from far away. My first impression was that they were fighting but they weren’t they were discussing something and in the fields under a blazing sun you could see the woman and children labor in the maize field with hand and pick axe. Apparently that was how it was done since the dawn of time. Make me wonder what has changed.

  • Stirrer - 2012-04-24 14:18

    Not surprising. Being a leader in the ANC opens the door to untold riches, so the money spent on buying votes is a good investment.

  • Templeton - 2012-04-24 14:26

    I think this one is demonized, he sleeps with innocent little girls and promises them tenders and a good life. The tribe has spoken its's time for you to go.

      thozi - 2012-04-24 16:33

      You know that too?

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-24 14:35

    The ANC has degenerated into nothing else but the country's biggest labour broker. The people that join the ANC now don't even understand it's policies. That's why there's so much misunderstanding and infighting over basic policy issues. So, if this people can't even take time to inform themselves over the policies of their breadbaske, how do you expect them to study anything else ?.

  • Phumi - 2012-04-24 15:34

    We will always wonder what happened to all the funds of Operation Hlasela in the Free-State that mysteriously disapeared under your nose comrade Premier? Political grandstanding before the elections is normal and using money to win votes has always been the game of politics. Asks Mitt Romney or any American Republican candidate. You are the beneficiary of this and you should learn to live with it. The game has changed and you are no longer in the trenches now!

  • Wayne - 2012-04-24 15:36

    "People want to be leaders of the organisation, therefore they splash money around. People want to be multimillionaires overnight," he said. Wow what an implication Ace! Confirming that leaders of the organisation become millionaires?

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-04-24 17:21

    Votes can mean power, luxury, women, liquor and whatever a man wants in that line.\r\nBut power always comes with struggle, war. This power puts the nations in the hands of politicians who suck its blood until it becomes dry and anaemic.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-24 19:43

    A frantic rapist can never be a leader. This antiquated party system just breeds parasitic worms. It needs to be scrapped and a proper system of focused leadership, working towards advancement of the nation as a whole, should be implemented.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-24 20:44

    The solution is simple there should be a very strict academic criterion for any leadership position. Then young people will go to school first before joining politics. As things stand we have a lot of imbeciles messing up in government under the banner of ANC.

      Pushka - 2012-04-24 21:15

      Absolutely, it should be manditory that any person in government or any municipal position of authority must have a postgraduate degree, although with our education system in the state that it's in even that won't count for much soon.

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