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Media spotlight on Mangaung

2012-12-14 16:02

Johannesburg - Many of South Africa's newspapers marked the countdown to the ANC's "watershed" Mangaung conference by moving their editorials to their front pages on Friday.

"Mangaung delegates may not appreciate it, but the party now faces a credibility crisis," Business Day commented.

"The issue is not really whether the ANC stands to lose the next election. What it does stand to lose is the sense of electoral invulnerability," it said, on a page featuring a picture of ANC president Jacob Zuma delivering a speech in Bloemfontein the previous day.

There would probably be a repeat of issues that had "travelled a well-worn path".

The biggest danger was an "echo chamber" of the party's own making and it not seeing that the ground has been shifting under them, economically and socially.

The Star's "High Noon" headline showed pictures of party president Jacob Zuma and deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, who are both nominees for party president.

In a news report drawing on events in the run-up to the conference, with input from analysts, the writers said "...within 48 hours, President Jacob Zuma will kickstart a conference where he is expected to be re-elected -- or be forced to step down".

It concluded with: "The weekend marks the end of the bloody road to Mangaung. It is, for many, high noon."

The Sowetan said the party should keep in mind all comments "negative and positive" and "synthesise" what the public thinks and what its members believe in, to ensure it doesn't become isolated from the public it serves.

In best seller The Daily Sun, the first mention of the conference was on page five in a story about 100 youths walking from Thokoza in Gauteng to the conference, where they planned to raise their concerns about the high rate of unemployment to the ANC leadership. If they were not heard, they would go into exile in Angola.

An article on page eight titled "Motlanthe's decision makes life interesting", said Motlanthe had a "real chance of stealing the conference from Zuma and though his chances of winning are slim, they are real".

The Citizen led with e-tolls, but inside said it did not think Motlanthe was an ideal candidate or even the best the ANC had to offer.

"But at least he is more worthy than Zuma, who has failed to provide moral or visionary leadership".

Afrikaans language newspaper Beeld said it was clear Zuma hadn't met expectations as the great change-maker in the five years since he was elected at the last party conference in Polokwane, where his predecessor Thabo Mbeki was removed for not listening and for not responding to criticism.

It said Zuma sticks to reading prepared speeches and shies away from parliamentary questions.

It said despondency was growing because Zuma "shows no leadership" during crisis times.

The Times said the "greatest gift" the party could offer during a "tumultuous time in modern history" was to "reset its moral compass".

The New Age said with national and provincial elections 18 months away, "fixing the perception that the organisation is at war with itself is of utmost importance".

"Feel it. The day of reckoning is here" headlined the Mail & Guardian comment.

It said the "entire state machinery" including the security establishment and the public broadcaster had been deployed in a "complex" situation.

In the end, delegates have to decide whether the ANC in 2012 is in a better position than in 2007, and the publication believes it is not.

"Five years of Zuma, five years of indecision, scandal and government in the interests of one man, has been hard on the country and on his party."

If Zuma stays, "we may be witnessing the last elective conference of the ANC as a party of natural legitimacy and 60 percent plus majorities" and, it continued, "the first inklings of a new beginning".

Comments
  • Lyndatjie - 2012-12-14 16:13

    Any political process that puts a man suspected of corruption in charge of a country that is rife with corruption needs to be overhauled. People lead by example and gullible people follow without question... We need a role model who can show people right from wrong... so that we don't have people trying to constantly beat the system like Zuma did.... NOW is the time! (and then I woke up!)

      Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-12-14 16:41

      Leave Zuma alone! He already won ,the provinces shown that they like Zuma Motlhante he is not even a challenger

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-14 17:15

      Erik Zuma may have won byt how long is he going to last? That is the question.

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-12-14 17:22

      I will not vote for thes criminals, every day we fear for our life from criminals but the leaders of thes country are also gangsters

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-12-14 17:49

      Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all. Bob Marley

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-12-14 16:48

    The more the media try to decampain Zuma the more he becomes famous to us,viva Zuma viva

      dan.mashimbye - 2012-12-16 06:30

      I think the time has come for the citizens of this country to stand up and speak. Let us not support the wrong people in leadership positions. There is more than enough educated people to run this country. We must take a stand than to blame J.Z .

      dan.mashimbye - 2012-12-16 06:39

      We have made enough critics since 2007. If Zuma win, he only has that chance, let the Anc do their elections and come back and deliver, if they put in new laws or policies while struggling to implement what is there now,they themselves are in trouble

  • Bongeka - 2012-12-14 17:04

    Comrades, if the hournerable comrades can do the right thing and both step down for the sarvival of the organisation. This fight is killing the organisation because its creating two camps within the organisation. If Zuma wins then Motlanthe camp won't vote and virsa versa. ANC might end up with just more than 50% in parliament if this carries on like this. Let's give love and priority to the organisation first before candidates, otherwise the organisation is dying. Mark my words.

      mfelasakhe.mahlangu - 2012-12-14 18:05

      The opposition (read the DA) after realising that it will take years before defeating the ANC in elections, have resorted to the old 'divide' and rule' tactic. They are using Zuma, a perceved weak link, as an entry point. Instrument such as the media, courts, certain business leaders are used. ANC members are polically matured and will not fall into the trap. More than ever before unity is critical. Both JZ and KM must be retained to their positions. Out of the three provinces that nominated KM, only Limpopo has consistently delivered in the elections. It is not suprising that the DA is targetting Gauteng as next province to capture. This was the first province to show signs of factionalism after 1994. The less said about the ANCYL the better. There no way a revolution can be with such a bunch of ill-disciplined youths, they are becoming a liabity to the NDR.

      Bongeka - 2012-12-14 21:57

      We can't keep on saying DA this and DA that comrades. We just have to clean our own back yard. We are no more fighting for freedom but we still use the same old tectics which now only benefits the only certain individuals. South Africa, please liston to what I'm saying. I'm neither a tenderpreneuor nor opportunist but I want every South African free.

  • Rooinek007 - 2012-12-14 17:23

    Why is there a media spotlight on this conference? Why does the media think that people care? Honestly guys, do any of you think that SA will change as a result of the outcome of this conference?

  • chris.rams.9 - 2012-12-14 17:31

    lunatic dreamers, u a also failing to administer your own.

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-12-14 17:31

    As ironic as it might sound I hope Zuma stays so that the beginning of the end might starts,come 2014 under the leadership of JZ the ANC will loose the majority of votes and in 2019 if the oposition parties plays their cards right,politics in SA will take a complete turn

  • mandisi.sithole - 2012-12-14 17:48

    People supporting Zuma are not blind. They can see all that's been happening & know that he's not the best leader this country has seen. They are just greedy and wanna retain power & keep filling up their pockets by supporting him

  • mike.brett.79 - 2012-12-14 17:59

    The ANC needs a name change to reflect its current image. How about the AID party which is based on four principles: 1. AID: Firstly aid your bank account through corruption. 2. A: Stands for ARROGANCE. 3. I: Stands for INCOMPETENCE. 4. D: Stands for DICTATORIAL.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-14 18:08

    The reality here is both Zuma nd Motlanthe caps want the victory for their personal interest.....should Motlante win the whole administration of this country will change will see new Ministers , Premiers,Mayors changed nd Provincial department top leadership being changed also....causing more corruption nd poor service delivery....Should Zuma be re-elected few alterations might happen but the administration of this country will run smoothly.....Zuma's cabinet has seen were they have failed the public them nd will be working on it hence the outcome on the polices that will be tabled.....for stability in the ANC nd government we need both Zuma nd Motlante to retain their positions nd learn to continue working together..... for the interest of the SA majority....We cant afford to give the western government room to mess nd control this country like the way they r confusing other African countries....nd Zille is their friend nd entry door...the ANC should close this....nd retain stability within the organization....

  • mummy.dearest.9 - 2012-12-15 06:14

    The media's eyes are on bloemfontein. Mangaung is where the fat cats won't set foot because they might see how miserably they failed their own people.

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-16 09:39

    I say to hell and f...k the ANC, I have never voted for them and I will never vote for them. I only vote for the DA, viva Helen Zille, viva DA..Amandla DA Amandla and viva DA

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