Motlanthe bids farewell to ANC

2012-12-18 19:22

Mangaung - Outgoing ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe delivered an unscheduled message to the 53rd national conference of the ANC in Mangaung on Tuesday evening, bidding farewell as an official after serving in the top six for 15 years.

In another surprise move, Motlanthe declined nomination as an additional member of the ANC national executive committee (NEC), signalling a complete withdrawal from the ANC leadership.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party was not aware that Motlanthe was planning to decline nomination to the NEC.

"It was between him and the electoral commission," he said.

Motlanthe received rousing applause and a standing ovation as he took to the podium to make the address in which he congratulated and wished the newly elected leadership well.

He repeated the sentiments of President Jacob Zuma earlier in the day when he asked the ANC to recover from the divisions besieging the organisation and unite behind the new leaders.

"I wish you strength and wisdom in uniting ANC and its leagues, the alliance and most important of all, all South Africans," Motlanthe said. 

"One thing alone needs to be said: the ANC is the epitome of democracy and so we must continue to champion democracy in our country and the world over," Motlanthe, still the country’s deputy president, said.

He said the ANC should continue to lead in deracialising and eliminating sexism.

We must continue to sharpen our ability to hear the cries of our people... attending to the economic challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty, utilising the mandate given to us by our people.”

He said the ANC should address these challenges with full confidence in its leaders.

"They will outdo themselves. Our leaders were elected by the entire leadership of the ANC. And so as we continue with our deliberations in the commissions, keep that in mind, doing this work under the watch and guidance of a very capable leadership we have elected," Motlanthe said.

Motlanthe thanked the new officials of the ANC for allowing him to bid farewell to the ANC, particularly Zuma who allowed Motlanthe to speak after him in a departure of ANC protocol. 

"I feel very privileged. Thank you, you have done us proud," Motlanthe said, before leaving the stage to loud cheers.

When the electoral commission began announcing names for the NEC, conference was informed that Motlanthe had declined nomination as an additional member.

This means Motlanthe is effectively retiring from the leadership of the ANC. It is not yet known whether this has implications for his position in government.

  • thato.seloane - 2012-12-18 19:25

    Time to get into business mr.

      debduplessis - 2012-12-18 19:33

      I dont blame him! I am feeling just as depressed at the Zuma outcome - seems more people involved in corruption than expected & directly benefiting.. its a sad sad day for RSA - will be good for Motlanthe to join DA where he can again get in touch with how a country, policies & a democracy should be upheld & is real!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-18 19:45

      He knows where all the skeletons are buried...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-18 20:05

      The "brain drain" started by Trevor in the NEC is continuing, one can only hope the Vote Of No confidence will succeed and Cyril becomes President of SA.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-18 20:12

      Now he can retire to his "Bali'styled house with his new lady and live out his life making speeches. Sorry but I still think he is a coward, he should/ought to have spoken up many months ago....

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-12-18 20:15

      Hope he takes as many support possible away from the ruling party.

      balan.morgen - 2012-12-19 17:38

      Motlanthe and Malema going to start a new party with winnie the Pooh.

  • yandisa.mashalaba - 2012-12-18 19:26

    Sad day...who can blame him...

      zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2012-12-18 20:12

      If zuma z given a vote of no confidence trust me he wl join the DA.tht guy might nt b educated enaf bt trust me he z a super hero strategist.who wld hv thought he wld b acquitted of 800 charges of corruption,rape case,being sacked as the deputy,only 2 resurface as president and nkandla,just 2 name a few.very soon in the DA we wl b shouting viva msholozi

      Gollies - 2012-12-19 09:31

      Very true my old friend!!!!!!

      henk63 - 2012-12-19 17:34

      Hey zamani you make no sense with all the crooked spelling and all. I really tried but it is just too hard...

  • Thalente.sithole - 2012-12-18 19:26

    Esh its very sad!

      johan.kruger.39 - 2012-12-19 14:54

      As a DA member,I still respected him, very sad to see him leaving.

      henk63 - 2012-12-19 17:39

      Yes Johan, out of all they had to offer Motlanthe was probably the best, even taking into account his shortcomings. Zuma and Cyril now got approval to rape the country like never before. We all will live to rue this day.

  • yandisa.mashalaba - 2012-12-18 19:26


  • denis.delaport - 2012-12-18 19:26

    Finaly and leader with dignity, Shame on you ANC shame on you

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-12-18 20:22

      He chose to leave let him leave

      MrGrumpy - 2012-12-18 20:48

      @Ntshobs: I think that is what Denis supports too. Many readers just wish that more leaders would follow their internal sense of right or wrong, rather than their bank account balances.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-18 19:29

    He said that he wasn't disappointed when he got let go actually. It was heard that he is going to take up Gardening and travel :') what a nice guy :') sad to see him go though!!

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-12-18 19:29

    Join the DA to finish what he started... Be a leader of the people.

  • betsy.fulton.5 - 2012-12-18 19:29

    A man of integrity.

  • denise.herbst.5 - 2012-12-18 19:29

    Come over to the DA Kgalema!! You can do good!

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-12-18 19:31

      He would get my vote!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-12-18 20:12

      Wouldn't get my vote. He's part of the problem, not part of the solution.

  • lawrence.sambani.3 - 2012-12-18 19:30

    I hope Malema is reading this..

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-12-18 19:31

    Rudyard Kipling ... IF ... 1895 ... If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; ..... ..... If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much: If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! Not many can 'retire' with these words

  • gary.smith.rsa - 2012-12-18 19:31

    Very sad day, I guess that he is sad because he never had long enough at the trough. What excuse will he have for leading the anc to its lowest point as part of the "top 6"?? I say good riddance!

      arthur.mabentsela - 2012-12-18 20:11

      that is exactly what i am saying. Fake!

  • ian.lowe.5458 - 2012-12-18 19:33

    What a vote of confidence. Mr Mothlanthe, you are a scholar and a gentleman. Thank you.

  • Lesiba - 2012-12-18 19:35

    U dd gud mr deputy pres saddened too by this corruption which is killing south african community.go well n all the best and we are with you in prayers and u shall surely rest ,stay away from devilish leaders.

      neville.watson.94 - 2012-12-18 20:12

      Sooooooooooooo true Lesiba

  • Jack - 2012-12-18 19:36

    Why did he agree to the e-toll fiasco? That would have been a real test of character!

  • frikkie.botes - 2012-12-18 19:37

    Now to start forming the SANC.

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-12-18 19:38

    Keep calm and join Democratic Alliance.

  • jacques.d.devilliers - 2012-12-18 19:39

    Now is the time to join the DA. Mr Motlanthe, you are the only hope that South Africa has left. You have lost a battle against Zuma, now win the war in 2014.

  • elizabeth.mkhatshwa.5 - 2012-12-18 19:41

    Big up Ntante sad to see you go but we beleive you did the right thing they were going to end up corrupting you.thank God you walk away with your dignity I salute you. and I pray to God to keep you so you can see the end of this Jesus who will rule up to the end which is 2014. God Bless you Ntate you are one in a millions.

  • freddy.masia.52 - 2012-12-18 19:43

    what a farewell speech, well spoken like a true leader, walk tall with ur head held high my president (motlante) fare thee well, proud of u

  • fdalana - 2012-12-18 19:43

    give that man a DA membership card!

  • Thabisoul Motsome - 2012-12-18 19:44

    THANK YOU for everything Mr Motlanthe for serving our country an we will never forget you, You're a true comrade. Viva Motlanthe! Viva a legend.

  • fdalana - 2012-12-18 19:45

    give that man a DA membership card!

  • smadingoaneng - 2012-12-18 19:47

    motlanthe had enough go rest my man you still have my respect.

  • motsarami - 2012-12-18 19:49

    Leadership @ its utmost best!!I salute you Cde Motlanthe!!Viva President K Motlanthe Viva!!

  • Segomotso Joshua - 2012-12-18 19:50

    malema and ANC youth league were his undoing,he thought the league was a kingmaker,this tym they got it all so wrong.

  • zahierm - 2012-12-18 19:55

    A very smart man...he like Manuel knows there's little to contribute to this runaway caboose!

      Mukorhoki - 2012-12-18 20:41

      one guy used to say Motlante is a coward, nd now I saw wit my own nd I used to believe in him but now he's no more cause he wanted to bring Julius back nd I guess dats wer most people ddnt agree. Bye Mr maybe in another Anc

  • alican.francem - 2012-12-18 19:55

    Good leaders are all leaving ANC, God help us in the next five years

  • magwai1 - 2012-12-18 19:58


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  • craig.decks - 2012-12-18 20:01

    always had a good feeling about this guy .. not a militant individual like malema and not a disgusting @#$## like zoomer ... Great man .. Too sad ... If he had have won SA would have been well on its way to progress ! Too SAD ... another SAD day for SA !

  • tshepo.motsitsi.9 - 2012-12-18 20:03

    I guess he didnt want to be tainted!

  • mohale.maake1 - 2012-12-18 20:06


  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-12-18 20:06

    Go well, go shell, Comrade!!!!. Wish you luck wherever you are going.????

  • arthur.mabentsela - 2012-12-18 20:09

    Funny how now this guy stands and actually says something that shows that he has balls. Mean time all this year, during the strikes, the corruption he said nothing. And you all say he is a man. Yes he sounds sincere, but 35 deaths, pain suffering of all south africans rest on his shoulders cause he toleratedthe crap. Me, i would not have coz i do have balls, of steel too. Thanx

      LishaMgq - 2012-12-18 20:29

      the mere fact that he chose to stand against zuma speaks volumes about his character and the kind of leader he would have been something zuma knows nothin about well he can continue singing the anc to destruction maybe him and mantashe will start a band once the anc disband!

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-12-19 14:22

      @lisha he was forced to stand against zuma he never decided on his own! do you want to tell me that he is a man with b@lls?

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-18 20:10

    Magwai my friend thanks u make me lough, when u say DECENT PEOPLE ARE QUITING FOOLS BEG FOR SECOND CHANCE.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-12-18 20:11

    No wonder the wise ANC Top guys are leaving.....What do the rats do when a ship starts sinking.....they abandon it as soon as possible. Sit patiently in the wings....while Zumas team commit the final political crushing mistake.....then those who sat and waited in the wings, can at last slot in the vacant spots....if they are really concerned about S.A they could turn things around...pray that day is not far off.

  • ntebu.mthi - 2012-12-18 20:20

    It is evident that the talk of 'unity' , 'stability' and 'continuation' by JZ slate lobbyists cannot be attained if such many senior politicians are declining appointment in the NEC. For their sake the new leadership is advised to slow down on the corrupted looting of state fiscus that has become an accepted norm in the ANC.

  • Chabedi - 2012-12-18 20:26

    We will miss u comrade,our beloved SA is under severe leadership which leads us to nowhere,we will always BE behind u... I Salute

      xolani.s.shabalala - 2012-12-18 21:55

      but he was part of that leadership

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-18 20:27

    eish we wanted sumthing like him but he lacked asertiveness

  • anele.mveku - 2012-12-18 20:28

    Wise man know when to leave, #while you still hv ur dignity intact#. Farewell Mr. KM.

  • matome.mamabolo.92 - 2012-12-18 20:29

    It is very sad to loose ppl like Mr Motlanthe, we were still expecting more from him, we will miss his intelligence, otherwise i wish him well in life, and hope he will still contribute to the future of this country. what a sad day for South Africa.

  • Truth.nnete - 2012-12-18 20:30

    He is a real champion

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-12-18 20:36


  • wiseman.buthelezi.798 - 2012-12-18 20:36

    viva democracy,people shall gorven.abantu bathethile .

  • matome.mamabolo.92 - 2012-12-18 20:37

    It is very sad that Mr Motlanthe is leaving the ANC, we will dearly miss his intelligence, I just hope that he will still contribute to the development of our country, i am just wondering were r we going from here. Mr Motlanthe i wish u well.

  • gift.pilusa - 2012-12-18 20:37

  • elizabeth.mkhatshwa.5 - 2012-12-18 20:38

    I can't express my sadness enough but i say lift your chin up,your head high cause we still respect you MR PRESIDENT cause thats who you are Ntante Montlathe... And we will do so for ever like we done with U Tata Mandela.

  • wiseman.buthelezi.798 - 2012-12-18 20:39

    people shall govern.abantu bathethile.i democracy leyo.

      xolani.gazu - 2012-12-18 20:55

      1stly it wasn't people but self-serving cANCer delegates, 2ndly the ANC lost Trevor, Kgalema and Phosa and thats a big blow that the ANC cant even see. Come 2014 You'll see the real people vote.

  • elsabe.berendt - 2012-12-18 20:40

    Great leaders lead by example,ab Eloba ha /kha tsi Motlanthetse.