Mangaung 'will deal with weaknesses'

2012-11-24 19:00

Durban - The ANC Mangaung conference is not just about electing leaders but should also spur the party on to deal with certain "weaknesses", said the party's KZN chairperson Zweli Mkhize on Saturday.

"The focus of this conference is not more about spending all the time thinking about who to elect. What will be interesting about Mangaung is more the outcomes and the impact of those outcomes out of the conference and the extent to which the ANC is able to organise itself to deal with some of the weaknesses that have been witnessed publicly," he told reporters at a briefing during the KwaZulu-Natal provincial nomination conference held in Durban.

He said the province of KZN would go to Mangaung to do everything to ensure that the ANC becomes stronger.

"The truth of the matter is that whoever gets elected in the ANC would have been part of the ANC at one level of leadership or another.

"Our main concern in this, is a concern that KwaZulu-Natal must be able to provide a contribution in the positive outcomes of Mangaung," Mkhize said.

When asked if he would agree to stand if nominated to one of the top six positions of the ANC, Mkhize said: "You don't have the authority to ask me to comment on nominations. It is the electoral officer who must do that."

On Saturday, the delegation verification at the conference went smoothly with only a few dozen branches, out of the 828 attending the conference, to process. Only two branches had raised queries and these were sorted out quickly.

Mkhize would not speculate on how many delegates the province would take to Mangaung.

"Our point is simple. We expect to take the full quota into Mangaung. I can't give you the figures now. To talk on authority before an audit is a little dicey."

In his earlier address in the conference, Mkhize said those who might be granted leadership positions in the ANC needed to be assessed.

When he was asked about the qualities needed for these positions, he said: "It is not something in which we can give you a scorecard and say on this item this is the score.

"This is a political assessment of the performance of a leadership both collectively and individual contributions."

The nominations will be done on Sunday.

  • claudia.meads - 2012-11-24 19:17

    "...spur the party on to deal with certain "weaknesses"..." Mmmm - how do you deal with a lack of IQ..?

      pieter.calitz - 2012-11-26 00:50


  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-24 19:26

    What's really hilarious is how they try to shroud this conference in secrecy.

  • shyguyhr - 2012-11-24 19:32

    Why wait 4 mangaung,deal with it now and of cz that weakness is your fellow zulu Jacob zuma aka shower head

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-24 19:36

    How about revising what was decided at Polokwane in 2007 cf. where they are today? The list is long but to kick it off "Conference reaffirms the need for all ANC cadres to uphold moral integrity and revolutionary discipline." Or how about this one "One of the abiding strengths of the ANC has always been to be truthful to the people and never to hide our shortcomings"

  • aiazmir - 2012-11-24 19:44

    Run baby, run. Your Zoomer model is not the same as a few years ago, that promised so much, but failed to deliver.Your Zoomer model offered to project the tribal leaders into the 21st Century, but alas you cannot take a 17th century model and try to make it a 21st century model. You backed the wrong model and now it will backfire in your face, thus ending your political career. When you back a horse you should know something about its pedigree, not just by the promise it shows. Go down, baby, go down, cause you are going down. KZN will be the last bastion of the ANC to go down, but down you will go. Your Zoomer model just didn't cut it. Be afraid, be very afraid, because the law will catch up with all you ANC lawbreakers.

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-24 20:40

      dream on

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-11-25 21:50

      @syabonga Shut up troll. Saying 'dream on' is about as worthless an argument as your ANC is for this country.

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-11-24 19:45

    Weaknesses in the party?? The whole party is a weakness, the weakness of our country.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-24 20:03

    First prize would be for them to get rid of their biggest single weakness - showerhead. Alas, they are perhaps going to realise their collective weakness by giving herdboy another term. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-11-24 20:13

    Like any other political party, ANC has weaknesses in their leadership. They put themselves in the wrong hole by electing a leader who has faced corruption charges and who lacks leadership skills that can only be learned in the classroom environment. This can be corrected in the conference. I must agree there are some people who will vote down any idea by the ANC irrespective of whether it makes sense or not.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-11-24 20:19

    Weakness of not being part of the group that contemplate CORRUPTION for a living.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-24 20:21

    the focus is not about spending all the time thinking about who to elect ok what do ihave to expect as a voter.OK another one the ANC is coming from the branches they proved that several times.

  • tshepo.maaga - 2012-11-24 20:37

    The three major weaknesses of ANC: 1. Zuma - remove him and then reinstate the more than 700 charges against him and also demolish the Nkandla resort like the Lenasia houses which were recently demolished. 2. ANC is All Naturally Corrupt. All of them without any exception are all about self-enrichment. The difference is that others know how to cover their tracks. 3. ANC is Always Not Caring. So the not so honourable Premier MKhize, does ANC have the capacity and determination to deal with these three major weaknesses in Mangaung? Even the unborn will tell you - not a chance. So please stop trying to fool people.

      wesley.fick - 2012-11-24 21:50

      Not all ANC members are corrupt though. Some just know the game well enough to not be tempted and still do a good job. We never hear enough about those people.

      themba.nsele.71 - 2012-11-24 21:52

      tshepo, dust your self and move from mental slavery,,

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-24 22:01

      Themba Ntsele, get off the tik you have been abusing and sober up. Then you will realise that tshepo is telling the truth

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-24 20:48

    zuma has the guts to keep malema in check, his re-election is inevitable.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-24 21:15

      Is that the reasom showerhead is going to be elected? Wahahahahaha!

      wesley.fick - 2012-11-24 21:52

      No-one can keep Malema in check, he can just claim his right to free speech is being impinged if someone tries to silence him. If he is killed = big trouble. If he is silenced by the ANC = big trouble. Its a lose-lose situation because Malema is smart. He may be a troll, but he's a troll who knows his limitations.

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-11-24 20:55

    some will have us believe the anc=all naturally corrupt. this fallacy attempts to tarnish the images of mandela, ruth first, oliver thambo, walter sisulu, albert luthuli.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-24 21:02

      Apart from Nelson, are all deceased. So the principal of ancestor worship, revering one's forerunners is out the window. They are/were all very fine and committed people but their vision and sacrifice did not translate into an enduring ethos. What they stood for is forgotten by those now in power. It happens with every revolutionary movement. Which is why revolutionary movements never make good or long-lasting governments

      wesley.fick - 2012-11-24 21:57

      The ANC today is nothing at all like the ANC that fought for freedom during the Apartheid era. Back then you had morally good, educated and talented leaders who took charge and took it upon themselves to fight against the rampant discrimination of decades past. Those people would have been the best suited to lead this country - if Biko hadn't been murdered, he would be one of the officials running for party president today. We still have a lot of the activists from that era running around (ironically, Zille is one of them), but they're either working for opposition parties or distancing themselves as far away from the ANC as possible.

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-24 21:17

    The Polokowane hooligans said exactly the same thing when they effectively carried out a coup de tat, firing a President when that should be Parliament's prerogative. The outcome has been thieving at an unprecendent scale.

  • wesley.fick - 2012-11-24 21:48

    "When he was asked about the qualities needed for these positions, he said: "It is not something in which we can give you a scorecard and say on this item this is the score." I guess that old saying is true: its not what you know, its who you know, or how much dirt you have on them.

  • NkandlaSpearshaker - 2012-11-24 22:05

    Hell if this is the best the KZN ANC can offer, then woe betide us all!!! Pathetic!

  • dali.mpofu.9 - 2012-11-24 22:35

    Siyabonga Khabazela iqiniso leli lokuthi ukhongolose kumelwe aqiniswe. Ubuholi buyinxenye yenqubekela phambili. In the ANC leaders do not contest or compete as Paul Mashatile now seems to be now saying so. They do not represent themselves but collectively represent the ANC and every weakness like school books in Limpopo must i investigated to the teeth to uncover the work of the agents sabotages within and outside ANC.

  • Johan5417 - 2012-11-25 06:35

    All that is going to happen if JZ is re-elected is that his opponents (the weaknesses) are going to be kicked off the gravy train. We will then be over-supplied with a bunch of corrupt yes-men.

  • sipho.zuma.796 - 2012-11-25 10:10

    From looking at the comments, it's quite clear.. If you're on the gravy train, then the ANC can do no wrong. If you have even a drop of integrity, you can see that the ANC is no good for this country.

  • sipho.zuma.796 - 2012-11-25 10:12

    We need to instill morals and integrity into the masses somehow. Currently the culture of the general populist is severely lacking.

  • cpsmit - 2012-11-25 10:53

    "Mangaung 'will deal with weaknesses'" This would be a mammoth task for any party. For the present bunch of corrupt incompetents, it is just impossible.

  • jacob.khoza.39 - 2012-11-25 11:40

    Halala jacob zuma!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-25 12:36

    Where stealing and incompetence are concerned it can't get much stronger than what it already is.

  • heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-11-26 08:44

    "...and the extent to which the ANC is able to organise itself to deal with some of the weaknesses that have been witnessed publicly..." So what he says is that it is all good unless it is witnessed publicly. No wonder they are pushing for the "hide a scandal" secrecy bill.

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