Mantashe expects peaceful Mangaung

2012-05-21 19:43

Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday he is looking forward to a peaceful 53rd national conference in Mangaung later this year.

"We are not going to see a repeat of [Polokwane]. It is going to be ordered," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

There were deafening boos when then ANC chairperson and ANC president Thabo Mbeki attempted to address delegates at the party's previous elective conference in Polokwane in December 2007.

Mantashe said on Monday: "We are not going to see kicking, people on top of tables, howling."

But he predicted that the lead-up to the conference would be rough.

"It is robust, it is rough, it is politics... it is politics," he said.

Top six

At the ANC's national conferences, delegates discuss and finalise drafts of policy documents which go on to form the basis for government policies, new laws, or amended laws.

A new African National Congress national executive committee is elected, as well as the "top six" officials which includes the president of the party. This individual usually goes on to also become the president of the country if the party wins the next general election.

The Polokwane conference was preceded by speculation over whether Mbeki would get a third term at the helm of the party, or whether Jacob Zuma would become its president despite a threat of renewed corruption charges.

Mantashe said candidates vying for the top job in a big corporation went through the same tensions with three candidates looking as though they stood a chance. Two eventually stepped aside to make way for the stronger candidate.

"It happens everywhere," Mantashe said.

"[The ANC is] 100 years old. It's been through various phases. It knows it all."

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-21 19:58

    Wishful thinking...

  • braamc - 2012-05-21 19:59

    Probably going to fly in business class to dodge the service delivery protest everywhere, have fabulous air view to all cANCer members and fatcats

      John - 2012-05-21 23:22

      Comrade Mantashe intend to indicate that problem with faulty condoms, previosly experienced in a big ANC parties like '100 years ANC' are not expected. Current supliers took an extreme measures and after continuous testing they identified the correct size and durability of the product. Sizing was done in accordance and expert consultancy of Brett Murray. in '100 Years ANC' Zuma slaughter a Bull. I think this time "the bull" will slaughter someone....

  • Lebzadikgetsi - 2012-05-21 20:02

    It was good when the polokwane chaos worked in their favor

  • jmaliks - 2012-05-21 20:06

    jah probabaly they are jz having one of those wishfull thoughts.they are divided so they xud accepts that

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-05-21 20:09

    Hopefully cmrde Mantashe it goes well.......coz Polokwane was chaos @ its best even tho I voted Jz.......

  • jimzimbo - 2012-05-21 20:11

    The ANC "knows it all" Gwede...ha ha ha ha more proof that the current custodians of the ANC are very very foolish people, exactly what has changed in order to prevent a repitition of the last ANC fiasco????? ha ha ha ha...

      Alf - 2012-05-21 20:23

      The barbel with tooth decay has spoken! No people on tables, but will you install showers, just in case?

  • Stefaans - 2012-05-21 20:38

    Just as naive as most people in South Africa, "Peacefull" does not exist any more, the hell is loose in SA. The sooner they realise it the better for them. Or is he a real believer??

  • Ivan Overton - 2012-05-21 20:42

    I do wish it will be a peaceful and successful gathering, and a turning point where voices of reason are heard and the best interests of our nation are served. It's time, for soon it may be too late. But remember Eskom once spoke confidently of supplying electricity up far north into Africa, and even into Europe. Transnet spoke grandly of a Pan African rail network... Talk is cheap, especially when you don't seem to mind being proven wrong over and over again, when memories are short, and where no one (except maybe the pesky media) seems to hold you accountable. The balance of probability, all reasonable expectation suggests that the proceedings will be all but peaceful and orderly. Saying so will not make it so. If we could simply stop deluding ourselves, stop taking shortcuts and deal with the hard reality of building a nation and a shared future, we'd soon be living in the best country in the world, instead of inexorably drifting towards failed nation status...

  • Kolobe - 2012-05-21 20:45

    yeah right...its dirty already with likes of mdluli...i hear he also reads every single comment...hi mdluli

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-21 21:26

    In your dreams Gwede.....I think the sh#!t is going to hit the fan.

      Theo - 2012-05-21 22:43

      Like it always do... same sh#t, just a different fan. Have anyone ever seen an orderly ANC event ?

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-01 11:45

    Yeah that we should expect as Gwede say thre will ordr.

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