Mangaung must restore ANC: Nzimande

2012-12-02 16:47

Johannesburg - The ANC must emerge from its national conference in Mangaung as a restored party with a committed leadership, says SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande.

"We believe that the Mangaung conference can and must mark a further step in restoring the ANC to its traditions of revolutionary discipline, non-racialism and the condemnation of self-seeking factionalism," he told reporters on Sunday after the SA Communist Party's central committee meeting on the East Rand.

"We would like to see a leadership that is committed to driven radical transformation.

"We do not want a leadership of tenderpreneurs and we are unapologetic about that."

Nzimande said the SACP would not interfere in the debate surrounding the leadership of the African National Congress.

"The SACP has maintained a principled position of non-interference in the ANC's internal electoral processes," he said.

"This is not to say we are disinterested observers."

Nzimande said the SACP would accept the leadership which emerged from Mangaung in December.

"It [the leadership] is out of our hands as the SACP, but we are very hopeful ANC delegates are smart enough and are political enough to actually decide on that leadership," he said.

"We do not want a leadership that are lackeys of imperialists and we want a leadership that is committed to the alliance."

The SACP is in an alliance with the ANC and the Congress of SA Trade Unions.


Nzimande said the SACP had no problem with having a businessman, like ANC national executive committee member Cyril Ramaphosa, in the top six of the ANC.

"The day the ANC changes and becomes a party that serves the interests of business, then we as the SACP will have a problem," he said.

"There is nothing wrong with the ANC electing from its own members, the issue is its orientation [as a party]."

He said it was "unfortunate" that the media focused only on the leadership of the ANC and not on the policies which would be discussed in Mangaung.

Nzimande also lamented the use of slates for Mangaung.

Slates are fixed lists of candidates for specific positions, drafted by rival factions ahead of an elective conference.

"Slates are a problem and we all need to be consistent about that.

"We must seek to produce inclusive leadership," he said.
"We would like to see everyone committed to unity... You mustn't cry [that there are] slates when your slate is about to be defeated."

Nzimande said problems arising between different factions at the ANC's provincial nomination conferences should not detract from its "democratic processes".

"We have got confidence the ANC is capable of addressing any problems that may arise during its nominations process."

He said the ANC was more open and democratic in its elective processes than the Democratic Alliance.

"I didn't even know the DA had a conference. It was quiet [and] there were no democratic processes," Nzimande said.

"People don't know which branches [DA] delegates are coming from, and they are being treated in such a sweetheart way by the media."

At the central committee meeting, the SACP also discussed the unrest in the mining and agricultural sectors, said Nzimande.

It congratulated Palestine on being officially recognised by the United Nations as a "non-member observer state".

The United States, Israel and several other countries had voted against Palestine's recognition.

"The vote underlies the increasing isolation of the US and its inability to marshal any significant geographical blocs to support its retrograde diplomatic stance," he said.

  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-12-02 16:55

    Nothing can restore stupidity.

      Don.Tandy - 2012-12-02 17:06

      Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic Main Daily Newspaper Editorial. Someone over there has it figured out. "The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.”

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-12-02 18:07

      The day the ANC changes and becomes a party that serves the interests of business, then we as the SACP will have a problem," he said You have a problem Blade - the ANC IS a business! Why haven't you had a problem up to now? Too much gravy on your own plate, hey?

      croix.mactee - 2012-12-02 18:57

      This extremely well-spoken imbecile is disproportionately stupid and naive if he thinks ANYTHING can 'fix' the ANC. Commy chop!

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-02 16:57

    "We would like to see a leadership that is committed to driven radical transformation" What, you are not supporting Zuma & you will commit to bringing him to justice to transform the current way things are? "I didn't even know the DA had a conference. It was quiet [and] there were no democratic processes," Nzimande said." Either you are more ignorant than we can conceive, or you are disappointed that they did not riot like the ANC did? Democratic means voting and abiding by the result. Not breaking the place down because you don't like the result......

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-02 17:59

      Or The Chair. Lol

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-02 18:26

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-02 16:57

    Will except the leadership.No other options,for you Blade being, a non person in a non Party.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-02 16:58

    The IFP leader

  • thabob.zumagabe - 2012-12-02 17:03

    Blade you do your chommy Joseph Stalin proud !! Daar is nie f*kken pille vir domgeit nie my maat !!

      rory.n.price - 2012-12-02 17:32

      Like it

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-02 17:09

    Lol... The da being the media's sweetheart.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-12-02 17:15

    So Blade, you're admitting that the ANC is a stuffed up party? Why don't you and your Commie tjommies go for it alone in the next election? Or is your alliance with the ANC a marriage of convenience? How about standing on your own feet for a change? The "radical transformation" that you are talking about, what do you want to change to, or is it just an endless journey of corruption in the doldrums of corruption? If the ANC was "open and democratic" as you say, why have people been intimidated and shot at; and meetings disrupted? At this stage, it seems most likely that JZ is going to be re-elected as president of the ANC and therefore as president of South Africa? Do you really think the man in the street is going to be happy with this? If the current leadership hasn't managed to achieve something positive, how is this going to happen if they are re-elected? We ain't mushrooms you know! South Africa is sick, our economy is crumbling, there is very little if any foreign investment, our economic growth has slowed to 1.6% while unemployment is ever increasing. But most of all, we are sick and tired of the antics of the ANC and its alliance partners. Soon inflation is going to spiral out of control and food prices are already climbing. Your friends in COSATU are going to the streets to demand higher wages outstripping the inflation rate. Are the Marikana and Western Cape unrest just "isolated cases"? Does "Arab spring" ring a bell? The stuff you are smelling ain't roses CDE

  • henk63 - 2012-12-02 17:17

    This cowpat needs a makeover. He spouts the same drivel about "renewal" as everybody else in the ANC while we all know it will be business as usual. The same skelms in the same positions; maybe the faces change, but everything else stays exactly the same.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-02 17:24

    The should all be committed.

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-02 17:26

    I understand why president Mbeki did not want you in his cabinet.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-02 18:18

      Although mbeki was bad, he's still more of a president than mr. corruption will every be

  • sphala - 2012-12-02 17:27

    You know nothing about restoration Nzimande...actually Mangaung will make things worse by nominating Zuma

  • WilsoWill - 2012-12-02 17:34

    Ok.. i went onto the anc website and could find no detail on what policies will be discussed.. does anyone know?

      nicholus.nakanyane - 2012-12-02 18:35 afraid u chkd out the wrong website..but il give u a list..they'l be focusing on the following.. 1.More T'shirt printing for 2014 to get votes 2.Gold plated Name Tags for JZ's Kids,still more coming 3.Semi Automatic Shower Machines 4.Corruption Law to be passed 5.More ways to play the Race card 6.More corruption Laws to be passed. 7.Strategic way to brainwash blacks into hating Whites 8.Changing of Streets 9.All Smart People will be kicked out off the cANCer. 10.Coloured People will remain the Poorest''JZ''act for more info please checkout their new website

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-02 17:35

    And you Blade my friend you need to focus more on your skin problems. You have failed communists like myself. You are such a self serving arm chair communist with no interests of the poor

  • abner.malema - 2012-12-02 17:58

    Happy that u're sure Mangaung will restore ure post, BMW, whiskey, and nothing for ordinary people

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-02 17:59

    He has very high expectations ha ha ha.

  • graham.horn.505 - 2012-12-02 17:59

    The DA is the most racially diverse party in the country. Most people supporting the DA are not white. On the other hand, less than one percent of the ANC is white. Whose the racist party then? Manguang is going to be a circus.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-02 18:26

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

  • phillip.dewaal - 2012-12-02 18:03

    "We believe that the Mangaung conference can and must mark a further step in restoring the ANC to its traditions of revolutionary discipline, non-racialism and the condemnation of self-seeking factionalism," So, Blade, you're therefore confirming that the ANC are a bunch of self-enriching, ill disciplined racists?

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-02 18:07

    Go back to communist school comrade .if u can find one .

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-02 18:07

    Blade, go take a radical sh#t off a ledge. You dimwits want change yet you vote for the same leader year in, year out. Zuma is corrupt as hell. I just finished reading zuma exposed and doesn't matter what anyone says, the guy is a gangster and corrupt, illiterate parasite, but that's what you like anyway isn't it Blade? Go take your little tri-partheid corrupt alliance and get radical with your a$$.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-02 18:13

    restore the anc? But according to you and all the other wet wipes, it's NOT BROKEN??? Ha ha ha ha. You cannot fix it just like you cant put the smoke back into your tv! We need a new one! Viva DA!

  • musa.ndhlovu.5 - 2012-12-02 18:20

    ANC is actual a joke now....ofcoz the organisation is of tenderpreneurs hence Nzimande's point of indirectly saying the anti-Zuma camp is composed of tenderereneurs is real pointless but deceiving citizens by justifying that 99.9% of his camp is corrupt, grid and hungry to continuously ruin lives of the citizens. Maybe ANC will soon be a tribal party OR Jnr Gaaddaffi will rule this country till Christ returns.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-02 18:28

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-02 18:50

      @narike - I was going to sign but I see you make no provision for the vote of no confidence be done under secret ballot. This would ensure that voters would have plausble deniablitlity and express themselves truthfully.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-02 18:22

    And who you propose as President, Lem, if you actually want to see something positive come out of the cesspit the current President has created.

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-02 18:23

    An old $h1t house with new windows...Or a septic tank with new chemichals remains what it is...same old same old..ANC witness your own destruction...It`s by your own doing...Nobody else to blame this time..Good bye.

  • jenny.nel.92 - 2012-12-02 18:26

    Well, unless he cadres pay the billions back into the state coffers that they have stolen over the past 18 years, and Zuma repays the state funds that have been used on his personal home and for the support of his useless gaggle of women and kids, and If the minister of education is fired for the total failure of the education system, and if the civil servants who have caused the bankruptcy of FOUR provinces are fired and held accountable, and if the SAA and SABC are privatized and the bloated cadres who have been leeching from the tax payer via these two utterly useless entities are prosecuted ......... Etc., etc., etc., only then could one even try to look upon the ANC as a political party worth their salt. These things will never happen, so the ANC is dead in the water. A stinking, rotten corpse contaminating the rest of the country.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-12-02 18:29

    I wonder what zuma done for R.S.A citizen, coz even before he can be a president, he was still accusing of lot of cases, even now. Or we as an Southern Afrrican we all corrupt?

  • ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-12-02 18:32

    I wonder who is going to restore ANC is it Zuma

  • kndobe - 2012-12-02 18:33

    I do not see that happening

  • klip.indiebos - 2012-12-02 18:35

    Hey Blade, a fish rots at the head. Without true leaders that would be .... impossible.

  • richman.ndou - 2012-12-02 18:41

    As if you, Mr Nzimande, you are the Uniter, but you are known for all divisive, opportunistic, General Secretay-for-Life type of leadership

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-02 18:49

    Empty suits has spoken then it's our duty to show ANC that the method they are using to choose a president is invalid and corrupt just like the clown they chose,an X will speak louder than flea infested bodies on national elections. A wise person wont choose a grade 1 graduate to lead a country that has 9 provinces. We're heading for disaster still they don't rectify their mistakes.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-12-02 18:50


  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-02 18:52

    good luck with that chuck, you guys have hit rock bottom and started to dig..

  • patrick.m.vianello - 2012-12-02 18:54

    Full blown communism coming 'comrades'. In typical communistic fashion - you disagree with the people at the top you get f"()*ed! Do you think Gen. Viljoen went to fight the Border War for nothing???? If only these people with the size of a peanut knew that millions were killed under this banner, maybe they'd change their stance.

  • denis.delaport - 2012-12-02 19:04

    How the hell can we believe you, is sing out loud. Mmmmmmmmmm, maybe it is because of you actions and the "Fearless" ANC leadership. Let me make a prediction at the next election. The old white NP voters will vote for the Far Right parties. The moderate centre will gravitate to the centre opposition, IFP, DA, and to certain extent to COPE, including the others. Scooping up the disgruntled ANC voted. The ANC will find themselves significantly weaker and be forced to form a coalition to form a government. All because of the corrupt ANC leadership.

      patrick.m.vianello - 2012-12-02 19:11

      Dude, the old white NP voters towards the end of Apartheid constituted like over 80% of the whites lol. It's a proven fact that virtually all the old white voters (including the conservative party) either don't vote or vote for the DA. Then a few for the FF+. Most whites, particularly the Afrikaners don't vote for the DA on principle, they vote for "die ANC gevaar"

      denis.delaport - 2012-12-03 00:54

      The White conservative will vote for the FF+ as always, plus some “Draad Sitters”. Good campaigning will draw them out. The White moderate and White liberal together with the Black moderate, (who traditionally voted for the ANC), will vote for the DA and Cope and others. The ANC will rely on the Radical Black and the Poor Black vote to win the elections. The thing is, the Poor Black vote is a disgruntled voter and will not make the effort and even boycott the elections. The opposition parties don’t need to do much all they need to do is to point corruption in the ANC.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-12-02 19:06

    Of course Nzimande is worried, because if the new president of the ANC is not Zuma, the communists and socialists will be on their way out, and he won't be able to pull the strings as far as Zuma is concerned.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-02 19:28

    Guys honestly I don't hate any1 or should I say my mind works very well to be associated with any political party but as a human I have ma choices.... Eish not forgetting that I'm black with the mentality that I owe the ANC something, what? I don't know. So with the choice that I have some of you ma black brothers you are going to call me a traitor cause come 2014 zuma is not the person I'm voting for.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-02 19:46

    Blade it is you who is constantly protecting the current leadership of the anc and it is this very leadership that has caused this mess , how do you expect to get a different result with the same people ?

  • mike.clery - 2012-12-02 20:06

    With Zuma re-elected? How's that possible?

  • sipho.spele - 2012-12-02 20:33

    Its not abt Mangaung its abt ANC leadership contribution to the poor people of magnificent country. They shud be able to share the wealth of this counrty and to meet the specs drafted in the freedom charter.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-02 22:13

    No hope of restoration I'm afraid --- the reputational damage is too GREAT!

  • Terence Hermanus - 2012-12-02 22:30

    why is there still a communist in a democracy?... that in itself says everything...

  • ron.hobson.313 - 2012-12-02 22:33

    The Polokwane conference(2007) it was all about rooting out corruption

      debduplessis - 2012-12-02 23:09

      well again they failed... exactly what has ANC succeeded at???

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-03 07:21

    The media focused on the leadership and not on the policies, what did you expect. When there is poor or no leadership policies are worthless as they will not be enforced by the leader. Another aspect Blade Nzimande should the leadership not be committed to the upliftment of its people instead as you put it a leadership that is committed to the alliance. Further I would suggest you not to criticize other countries when our own leadership is so far distant and out of touch from its own people. The retrograde I see is the manner in which our education system under your guidance is becoming more and more retarded.

  • jacob.khoza.39 - 2012-12-03 07:45

    Ill-discipline belongs to the dustbin,also ANC is like a big ocean if rubbish enter the ocean by mistake,it does not stay in there for a long time...

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-12-03 08:39

    The SACP controls the ANC. Jabob Zuma joined the SACP in the 70's and now heads the ANC and those directly below him are SAPC card members. Go figure.

  • wandile.sidwell.1 - 2012-12-03 10:08

    this crocodile skin nzimande hw must das he knw abt restoration cos anc is divided bcos u gt involved in their matters go nd break it into pieces in mangaung u thieves

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-12-03 10:09

    Nzimande dot forget that u r an IFP so u know nothing about ANC. Just SHUTUP

  • NKAISANA - 2012-12-04 12:24

    Nzimande must go to hell He is part of Zuma factions who dictate ANC to vote Zuma

  • NKAISANA - 2012-12-04 12:26

    Zuma brought ethinicity in the party by ralling KZN to vote for him

      wandile.sidwell.1 - 2012-12-05 00:04

      this nonsense blade must just gt back 2 ifp cos thts whre tribal politics exist he poisoned the anc, u r thieves in this country nd tht legacy wil lead u 2 rot in jail just imagine the so called dr is led by an illiterate moron tht tells the story

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-12-21 15:39

    You reckon. Who provided you with that information because that person is embarrassing you.Rather don't say anything.