Motlanthe staying mum on leadership calls

2012-10-08 11:18

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would not comment on a call by the Gauteng ANC for him to lead the party, his office said on Monday.

"We are not going to comment, as the deputy president is following due process," Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe said.

"We won't be able to speak to any calls on preferred candidates until the nomination process is finalised."

Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile said on Sunday that the provincial executive committee (PEC) would back Motlanthe at the party's conference in Mangaung.

"As this PEC we have been calling for the renewal of the ANC change in leadership," Mashatile said at the special provincial general council in Johannesburg.

In addition to supporting Motlanthe for ANC president, the PEC also named Febe Potgieter for the position of deputy secretary general and Mashatile as treasurer general.

While the Gauteng PEC was unanimous in its recommendations for those positions, it was split on the rest of the top six.

The PEC recommended both Tokyo Sexwale and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for deputy president, Joel Netshitenzhe and Gwede Mantashe for secretary general, and Thandi Modise and Naledi Pandor for national chairperson.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-08 11:27

    He will never express an opinion

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-08 11:37

      None of the leaders nominated, including Zuma, has come out to say they accept the nomination yet. Why should He be the ony one? We will respond at the right time like all others.

      siyabonga.sithetwa - 2012-10-08 11:38

      The past is in the present so stop telling us “stop living in the past” because the legacy of 400 years of formal white supremacy has created this situation we find ourselves in.. White people continue to live in a bubble of privilege and denial even though apartheid is technically over. Wealth and knowledge are inter-generational resources therefore what happens in one generation will effect the following generations.

      siyabonga.sithetwa - 2012-10-08 11:39

      White people can scream at the top of their voices for transparency in govt/ and “freedom of expression” but when people of colour call for transparency in the system of white supremacy, or when the system of white supremacy comes under the microscope and racism is talked about, white people get very angry.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-08 11:39

      Exactly. During his previous stint as president he never said one important word. I call him our mealy mouthed ex-president of champagne Bloemfontein fame.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-08 14:43

      He is unable to make any decision, he is another political weakling!

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-08 11:28

    I'm not yet done leading this country.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-08 11:43

      You are not done looting this country.

      shabangu2 - 2012-10-08 13:03


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      larissa.goosen - 2012-10-08 20:47

      Zuma aka Motlanthe are looting this country together ...What make Motlante better? Motlanthe believes Gauteng e-toll 'making good progress' Ha Ha Ha)))

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-08 11:33

    Is the ANC up to that far with their candidates? If so they are not worth my vote. Same old crap for the same costly price.

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 12:16

      I am so tired of being ruled by the so called freedom fighters, I am talking my vote else where.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-08 11:34

    he reserves the right to not have an opinion about anything - ever. put him in charge and he'll be worse than mbeki and zuma combined. WE NEED A LEADER WITH A SPINE/BRAIN/SOUL - not this rubbish the ANC serve up every year.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-08 11:44

      With an average IQ of 68 in South Africa you are asking for the impossible. The high IQ pool in SA is very small and definitely is not in government or the ANC.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-08 11:53

      what is your IQ gerard?

  • darryl.scott.77770 - 2012-10-08 11:41

    he is the perfect candidate - spent a couple of years in prison and was part of the ANC's military wing.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-08 11:41

    to me it doesn't matter who get elected in mngaung all i need is to c ZUMBA out.

      msendi - 2012-10-08 11:48

      He will be out in 6 or seven years… Be patient… lol

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-08 11:55

      A B Z

      mzwa.mthombeni - 2012-10-08 12:22

      We all have needs of some kind. Wishful thinking,spare your heart the disappointment,buddy.

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-08 11:45

    He is good in writing gv him a test he will answer an collect de question papers den u cn get his answers. He is too clever he is checking results of votes if he see he hv majority he will say yes i want to be to b president if no winners majority den he will say deputy to zuma of which zuma will den assess him if is still worth doing

      justice.mokotjo - 2012-10-08 13:26

      Very clever,huh? Thats why i like him,at least you can see how clever he is...

  • Michael - 2012-10-08 11:46

    Motlanthe, is studing the balance of forces, when is certain that he dont have the numbers he will not accept the nomination, he did the same in Polokwane, very unpredictable.

  • amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-10-08 11:47

    OMG - Here comes Malema's friend, "Malema will be back"

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-08 11:52

      Do not take it personal,amanda. He is still covered under democracy.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-08 11:56


      teboho.martin.3 - 2012-10-08 12:02

      I think Mr Motlanthe is right for not commenting,we know that so far the ANCYL and the ANC in Gauteng they cast their nomination for him and the PEC they are still busy with monination! So until that is final and the IEC approache Mr Motlanthe that's when he will comment on his nomination ,so far as I know that would be constitutional!ViVa Motlanthe

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-08 12:04

      Kgalema is a man that upholds the constitution which is applicable to all. If Malema happen to also be protected by that constitution, then so be it. By the way, the name Kgalema means discipline.

  • afrikeni - 2012-10-08 11:47

    The ANC way - where not only your vote is secret, even the candidates are a secret - no wonder we are going nowhere slowly. It used to be; "we don't comment until nominations open". Now that the nominations are open, its "we don't comments until the nominations are closed". What a FARCE, ANC!

  • morris.khunou - 2012-10-08 11:53

    if Motlanthe represents the coming back of malema, a big no no from my side.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-08 11:57

    Leadership??? A good leader has exemplary character, has empathy with all problems, is enthusiastic about their cause and role as a leader. Is confident to lead through good and bad situations, functions orderly and purposefully during uncertainty. Remains tolerant and calm during adversity. Keeps goals in focus above own needs and is committed to excellence and standards. Earns respect and trust but most importantly remains honest!! We don't have a leader like that now and I don't see any suitable candidates.

  • Tawizee - 2012-10-08 11:59

    This guy is like Zuma. He has no opinion, no comments, and no decisions.

  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-08 12:02

    Now It is democracy at work if you trust your selves to serve the Country better than the Incumbent there is nothing wrong in standing up so that you can be counted!! The difference between Motlanthe and Zuma i do not really see it !!! They are both tourch Bearers of the same Political Machinery but from different Ethinicity!! Motlanthe already enjoys the trust of Zuma as can be remembered at the time of Mbeki's resignation, He perceived as a safe pair of Hands(a compromise candidate) but there other considerations which the Nation ought to bear in mind when choosing leaders!! The Economic Enviroment which feeds into job creation, does not require Violence and Men of Violence other wise Investors will all fly away with their capital!! And this may unavoidably lead to more Hatred for not only Motlanthe but even ANC as a Politican Party!! Short term solutions are not GOOD and Do not Change Leadership unnecessarily when the GOING gets tough!! It is the Relationship in recruiting workers that is faulty!! The minie owners do not have a sense of responsibility to their employees!! The Aparthead Labour Hire system is still at work!! These strikes have a secret force at Play which is eliminating Honest Labour Union Brokers!! The workers end up tarnishing their Name as a violent organization!! This Motlanthe or other personality in ANC can not change alone only by being party of a Displined ANC!! Cosatu should take the Issue of Labour Hire and make sure that it is DEAD and Burried.

  • manamela.moshe - 2012-10-08 12:09

    lets wait and c. hell comment now o swa go bolela.

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-10-08 12:12

    Typical Siyabonga... It's called reverse racism !!!

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-10-08 12:16

    They (ANC) will go what they want to do.. Stop reacting to their decision as that is what they want.. Stop making them more powerful...Trust and believe in the Universe!! All will be well!!

  • jabulani.mokomane - 2012-10-08 12:16

    There's no need to make a noise. Coins make a lot of noise, Motlhanthe is a like banknote always on a silent mode.

      justice.mokotjo - 2012-10-08 13:18

      Ha uja lefa u thole,ke sesotho seo hase tolokoe. He is cool,calm and collectd...that makes him a great leader.

      kenny.kwenamore - 2012-10-08 14:37

      A banknote that has no value silent as it is

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 12:23

    The ANC does not have any credible leaders, so it means nothing. Replace one Mr.Useless with the next Mr.Useless, what does it matter? But we'll hear about all the things he will do, the incredible changes he will bring, how he'll stop corruption and crime, this way and that way, and build up the hope and trust of all the Votas again. Once in office, ........nothing. Again.

  • awb.anc - 2012-10-08 12:25

    Can Mothlante even talk ?

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-08 12:57

      Why this kind of comments?? Somebody were writing about IQ. What level of IQ is this?

      koos.dabulamanzi - 2012-10-08 20:21

      Can u think?????

  • musawakhe.ngubane - 2012-10-08 12:52

    Comrade Kgalema surely understands what it means to score an own goal. He must avoid being used by money comrades (hyenas) who are pushing their own self-driven, narrow-minded ambitions. Comrade Paul wants changes because he has nominated himself as Treasurer-General. Not a chance cde Paul, we've got the winning cards. We won't give our beloved ANC to people pursuing their own selfish interests. They want to use cde Deputy President. The DP must not associate himself with expelled, ill-disciplined renegades like former cde Malema.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-08 12:53

    I wont comment on this article until the nomination process is finalised. I will leave it to the media to speculate!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-08 13:23

    If he becomes President will he keep 'mum' too?. I met him, he is a soft hearted, soft spoken man. Trouble is will that help to get this country back on it's feet?.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-08 13:33

    I think that Zuma and Motlanthe can both learn something about leadership from Malema. When there is a crisis, the people want strong leadership. Zuma and Motlanthe have one thing in common, they always make no comment during a crisis. We only hear Mac Maharaj bleat on about 'due processes' and 'procedures' while the president simply shuts up and let's the media and the people speculate. Malema always gets into the thick of things during a crisis. He never keeps his mouth shut. Irrespective what his selfish motives may be, people respond to a leader's passion. Zuma and Motlanthe are too afraid to express opinions as they risk upsetting one or other part of the electorate or the various divisions within their party or certain business interests. That is a sign of weak leadership. So either way, after Mangaung, we are screwed.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 14:23

      Very good summary of the situation. As I said, one Mr.Useless out, next Mr.Useless in - what does it matter?

      kenny.kwenamore - 2012-10-08 14:41

      Was there no well suited candidate to become a presidential spokesperson as I reach for my ear plug and blindfolds every time Maharaj and Zuma make an appearance on TV

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-08 13:46

    dis guy is a joke cant talk wat kind of President he will be...mxm

  • kenny.kwenamore - 2012-10-08 14:31

    Why are these people begging Motlanthe to accept nomination as president of the ANC in Mangaung - the man is a bangbroek. We want Zuma so he can accelerate the ANC's downward slide into oblivion. A Montlanthe presidency could stem the tide even though I dont see a leader in him

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-08 15:43

    I dont care whos going to be elected in Mangaung as long as Zuma is OUT. Motlanthe is the best candidate but they have to make sure that Zuma doesnt get second term. He will be remembered as a good singer. He must focus on turning Inkandla to be a New York of SA.

      hilton.andile - 2012-10-08 15:46

      nhlapop your name says it all, with your lame jokes!

  • lungisani.mtshali - 2012-10-08 15:56

    Following due process it is pointless for branches to nominate a candidate who will @ the face of the elections run sacred and not avail himself... Pronounce now or forever hold your peace as it were.

  • fshabangu - 2012-10-08 16:21

    He will decline, watch da space!!!

  • koos.dabulamanzi - 2012-10-08 20:19

    Mr Nchabeleng I thought i was the only 1 noticing the level of hate rate and intolarance shown by some of our fellow white Africans "if I may" on this forum , ridiculing and undermining everything about black Africans It really makes me think too, I never supported ANC but if I had to choose between a party supported by majority of ppl wth the likes Claudia and the other haters on this forum, u can col me primitive,uncivillised,troll,dumb,thick,ill rather go wth the cANCer

  • ntethelelo.sangweni.7 - 2012-10-09 05:14

    Its clear that he is not ready he is nervous,he must retire we don't want shy president,limpopo tenderprenuers will take advantage of him

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