Mkhize: ANC leaders not based on headlines

2012-12-09 20:57

Empageni - The ANC chooses its leaders on the basis of the work they do and not because they make news headlines, the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday.

"We choose our leaders on the basis of the work that we see. We do not choose simply because someone appears on television or is on the front page of any newspaper," he told a cadres forum at the University of Zululand.

He rejected a recent Mail&Guardian newspaper report that Deputy Defence Minister Thabang Makwetla had said in an interview that ANC members had been turned into "voting cattle".

Mkhize said ANC branches made their decision on the party's leadership and that delegates to were not "herded" to vote in a particular way.

"We have made our nominations. We stand by them," he said.

‘KZN will accept Mangaung decision’

Mkhize later told reporters that whatever was decided at Mangaung would be accepted by KwaZulu-Natal delegates.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has nominated President Jacob Zuma to lead the party with businessman and national executive committee member Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy.

It has nominated Gwede Mantashe to stay on as secretary-general with and Jessie Duarte as his deputy, Mkhize as treasurer general instead of Matthews Phosa, and Baleka Mbethe for another term as national chairperson.

Mkhize and provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said that although the national leadership contest was important, it was not the sole item of importance on the agenda of the party's 53rd national elective conference.

They said KwaZulu-Natal delegates would be disciplined and humble when voting at the conference.

Of the almost 4 500 delegates who will attend the conference in Mangaung, 974 will come from KwaZulu-Natal.

Zikalala said the KwaZulu-Natal delegates would ask the party to look at various policies concerning mining and import tariffs.

The wholesale nationalisation of the mining sector was also not on the cards, but the party wanted to see greater protection of natural resources.

Import tariffs

He said it should not be that resources were simply mined and exported, but that the resources should processed into finished products.

"We don't want investments that are dependent on foreign trade only," he said.

The ANC KwaZulu-Natal also wants the issue of import tariffs to be discussed.

"We are saying that tariffs need to be increased on products that can be made in South Africa."

He said that the ANC would not "embark on economic policies haphazardly".

President Jacob Zuma also arrived at the cadres forum to loud cheers and singing, but his address to the forum was not open to the media.

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-09 21:04

    Viva the mighty Zuma camp Viva!! even if we loose in Mangaung we will accept the outcome. We will all come out united for 2014 Viva ANC viva!!!!

      craig.decks - 2012-12-09 21:24

      LOL msizi .. I have asked this question before and will do so again based purely on the fact that to this day I have not received an adequate answer ... Dear Sir be so kind as to tell me what zuma has personally done for you to improve your life and the lives of your family or anyone you might know ? And secondly ... how is the country a better place in ANY way since his inception ?

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-09 21:24

      yeah and your dictators do the choosing for you but you dont get it do you, shows how much you lot know about politics, what a joke

      karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-09 21:28

      Don't fib .u will burn tyres and tot tot. And throw rubber rocks. Neh !

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-09 21:54


      msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-09 22:40

      @ craig.decks, im my area my granny got an RDP house and the rest of our community with electricity and running water for free. Our ANC local councillor organised GSM companies to put their communication towers in our area that is why im on News 24 , we now have a shopping center my neighbour is working there. we planning to request a community library for the benefit of our community Viva Jacob Zuma Viva Viva ANC Viva!!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-09 23:07

      @msizi.luthuli.14 you should thank the taxpayers for everything you have received, not the crumbling ANC!

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-09 23:55

      msizi. See heres the problem. Your gran "got" a RDP house. Now the fact that you are happy with that shows your level of indoctrination. If you and she could have decent jobs, you could've gotten that double dtorey you want. See how they give you crumbs and make you believe you are actually better off? Those cell towers sre solely a business devidion by the service providers. It is eating your money and you thank your leaders for "organizing" it for you? Eish, Eish!!! That free electricity thing, well, it is not JZ who organised it. It is subsadized by the other people. Those you hate so much. It is added to our bills every month. So thank me for paying my electricity bill so that you can put hate on the internet whilst using the power I paid for Eish, if you guys only knew what is possible with real democracy

      msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-10 00:21

      Immigrate to Australia Immigrate work & live in Australia 60 test points to know if you can.

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-10 00:39

      msizi : here you go...Idiot.

      craig.decks - 2012-12-10 08:28

      LOL Msizi you see this is just the problem it is called ignorance on a mass scale. The masses in this country are 'entitled' like those facilities are owed to you? Nothing was ever given to me i too come from a poor home .. but instead of crying i dug myself out of a hole and rose above due to blood sweat tears and hard work.... Zuma gave you this that and the next thing, NO BOET he gave you a toffee... We The honest tax paying citizen gave you RDP electricity etc.. Now stop relying on handouts and singing zuma's praises and go get a real job like the rest of us !

      vluiz - 2012-12-10 10:13

      @msizi. And if the government put anything into our education system then I'm sure you would have benifitted from it and have been able to put forward a better argument than telling us to leave for Australia. Instead you and the majority are left uneducated and ignorant and prepared to vote for them over and over again.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:13

      Msizi.luthuli.14. Wow they got all that for FREE?. Are you silly or what, that water and electricity are paid for by others. If you all would be made to take responsibility for yourselves instead of accepting free handouts Eskom wouldn't have to make the rest of us pay for your free indulgences. Don't kid yourself young one, the ANC gives nothing for nothing, no government does.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-12-09 21:11

    Actually its a fair comment.. They choose their leaders based on the work they do. If they do any work at all, they don't get chosen.

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-12-09 21:12

    I would rather say, they are chose for what financial aid they can provide for the voters. You get my point. If it is based on preformance, Zuma will get 100%, performance in the bed that is.

  • willem.vanrensburg.35 - 2012-12-09 21:15

    Amazing, what work? There is really very few who did anything, appart from taking money they were not entitled to. You should then be a much smaller party.

  • sunnyboyn - 2012-12-09 21:16

    Uzwakele Nkokheli! Khabazela!!

  • craig.decks - 2012-12-09 21:19

    LOL ... professional liars the whole bunch ... they are chosen based on the work they do ?? Behehwhahahahahahaaaahah ... funny... but what a crock ... I really did'nt realize a life sapping leach could work ! Have not seen one yet !

  • michael.bushes.5 - 2012-12-09 21:20

    "The ANC chooses its leaders on the basis of the work they do and not because they make news headlines," Say WHAT???!!! WHAT work?

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-12-09 21:36

      Have you ever heard of gautrain, oooh sorry I 4get done by apartheid eeeish

      philip.nel.12 - 2012-12-09 22:33

      Wow Sam . You managed to point out one instance of them doing something . The gautrain didn't help the poor and starving now did it ? They built stadiums which was a waste of money . They can barely pay for fnb stadiums up keep . Notices all the events are held there in joburg just to make enough to keep it going .

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-10 00:03

      yes Sam I did, but I also heard of Nkandla, the weapons scandal and toll gantries. Oh, and I also have heard of a national average of 13% math mark for our children. The every day occurance of strikes against non delivery of basic services is something I have heard as well I hear of horrendous crime stats every day, and non functioning hospitals as well Now looking at all I hear, the Gautrain is of minor importance

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-09 21:47

    O my word gautrain????? With whos money??? What about your great roads... sorry also apartheid.

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-12-09 22:00

      AA and BEE taxpayers

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-09 21:53

    "The ANC chooses its leaders on the basis of the work they do and not because they make news headlines, the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday. "We choose our leaders on the basis of the work that we see. We do not choose simply because someone appears on television or is on the front page of any newspaper," RUBBISH xD when why the F*** is zuma still nominated?? biggest joke ever

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-12-09 21:58

    I remain happy as long as they don't elect Racists. As for Mangaung, whoever comes out tops remains ANC leader and most notable, the next SA democratic president who will be voted in a poll opened to all again. That will prove again, that Government of the people for the people is elected by the people for the people.

      schalk.vanzijl.5 - 2012-12-09 22:37

      Simon, and I suppose anyone opposing the ANC is a racist? Wake up a bit, man. Why is it that the most racists remarks are from ANC members? Why is it that the ANC are the ones that play the race card more often than not? Why is it that everything (even after 18 years of ANC rule) is still blamed on apartheid? Yes, I agree, apartheid did do a lot of harm to many people in South Africa, but get over the past and look forward - we can have a great future together in this country, if only we try. As someone once said: "Take the good of the past and build your future on that." Don't get stuck in the past - life will leave you behind. And get over your racism. Or are you going to say the snow of the other day was also racist because it was white?...

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-10 00:08

      simon, if non racism was a criteria there can be no Mangaung. You sound like an old NP from old. And no, denial isn't a river in Egypt

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:17

      Simon Maabe. Do you really believe this tripe?.

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-09 22:23

    Ther is an ad it is also at the bottom of News24 it will help all ANC haters. Immigrate to Australia Immigrate work & live in Australia 60 test points to know if you can. Have safe a trip my peeps

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-09 22:56

      Who's gonna pay your anc's taxes for them to steal?

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-09 22:57

      That's quite well said, good for you. But it doesn't solve anything here, I'm afraid. Lots have gone already, now we have to import skills from everywhere. Does that sound like the solution?

      Erna - 2012-12-09 23:22

      Trying to get rid of us before 2014 are you? Getting worried?

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-10 00:48

      msizi: Here you go racist..

      phiwayinkosim - 2012-12-10 11:42

      Well u ryt Msizi dey mst relocate or try 2 like ANC cause its not goin anywhere

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:20

      Msizi.luthuli.14. You are not worthy of the great man's name. Isn't it sad that all you can do is tell people to move to Australia?. Is that as far as your education stretch?. How sad.

  • louwc - 2012-12-09 22:52

    I laughed so much! I used too ridicule people who left the RSA - saying things like you are being unpatriotic, etc. Now I am in the Netherlands - why? Just look around - Zuma and Julius - take that country - use it - but remember it is in your power to make it great! Still, the best place to be.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:22

      Louwc. Watch out for slippery pavements today.

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-09 22:57

    DA members please help me with an answer, how many DA deligates were there on the fifth federal congress?

      ld.vanvuuren - 2012-12-09 23:07

      More appropriate question should be - how many tax payers in the ANC and how many in the DA? The free electricity and houses and water you get is from DA voters tax. All they ask is to also have a say in who is to make the decisions. But they are getting there ...

      msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-10 00:26

      Id.vanvuuren, why talk about DA, where is your FF plus? ANC will rule until The Lord Jesus Christ come

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:28

      Msize,luthuli.14. The Lord Jesus will skip South Africa if the ANC rules, remember what he did to those in the Tabernacle?.

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-09 23:02

    You know that game you play when u close your eyes and you randomly point to a country to where you might travel, that is how the ANC chooses their leaders, blindly!

  • Erna - 2012-12-09 23:18

    If that was true you wouldn't be supporting zuma.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-09 23:44

    Eish Mkhize, you must think we are all fools to believe what every newspaper writes. We know that leaders are chosen on the badis of how much tenders he can organize to whom. They end up as headlines because they are caught stealing Eish, and you hold what job at what price?

      msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-10 00:27

      join ANC you will know far better than before

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-10 00:55

      msizi: Yebo Yes..Join the ANC...Together we can do more crime... Here you go Idiot :

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-12-10 03:35

    Its the norm to praise ur or else theres no job for u in the next 2nd term fool

  • Mazan Mnguni - 2012-12-10 06:22

    @ msizi.luthuli.14 i like u.

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-10 08:26

      Mazan : This is N24..Not a "Love seeking" or "Mach maker" platform...But if you really insist go take your racist beloved msizi and follow this link... Nobody is forcing you to stay.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-10 06:31

    Sure you right there! Would like to believe you but its not clear!

  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2012-12-10 07:08

    If the outcome is ZUMA it is evident that your system/method is not working!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-10 07:27

    Someone should tell this man that in order process raw mined resources we need huge investments to set up such facilities. However these investors are being scared off due to the happenings in the ANC led government as well as the stringent labour laws and red tape involved. A total change of attitude is what is needed to put South Africa on the road to acquire the trust of investor capital.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:07

    Work they do?. I can think of a few better words to use than work. Keep the blinkers on Mkhize

  • Joseph - 2012-12-10 15:28

    Mkhize is trying so hard to fool the public regarding the decision by the province to choose Zuma. I doubt if it was indeed the decision of the ANC branches in KZN who opted for Zuma without the interference of the leadership. How is it possible that all branches choose one person who for that matter did nothing for them. Firstly, Zuma did nothing for the country. He has done a lot for himself (his state of the art homestead at Nkandla at taxpayers money), that is a fact; state of the art police station that is due to be build soon. ANC is divided than ever before, these are Zuma's achievements.

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