Motlanthe warns ANC of losing power

2012-12-03 14:43

Johannesburg - If the ANC fails to listen to the people of South Africa, it does not deserve to be in a position of power, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday.

"We [as the ANC] ought to strive for relevance today to ordinary South Africans," he said in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) interview.

"If ordinary South Africans don't see in the ANC a natural political home, an instrument which addresses their own concerns, they will shift to other parties."

Motlanthe said the African National Congress was never meant to "go back" to how it was in the past. "They [critics] have the right to judge the ANC for what it is and not what it was," he said.

"If we fail to stay on our toes because of the cries of our people, then we don't deserve to hold these positions of responsibility."

‘I take responsibility for our failures’

Motlanthe said South Africa had a population of activists who were not willing to accept "second best".

"We [the ANC] are forever concerned about our failures. The president [Jacob Zuma] himself has said many times that the wheels of government turn too slowly," he said.

"I do take responsibility for our failures and believe that whatever we do right should not be a source of celebration."

Motlanthe gave no indication during the interview about whether he had accepted his nomination for president of the ANC.

"I don't even know that I have been nominated, except for what I read in the newspapers," he said.
"As soon as the electoral commission approaches me with that question, I will give an answer."

He said he was not "hesitant" to define his stance further, but rather carried a responsibility to adhere to the ANC's guidelines.

ANCYL ‘not a kingmaker’

Motlanthe said he was not aware of calls by expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema to support him for president at the party's national conference in Mangaung.

"You know, people who take [to] public platforms and pronounce, half the time they don't actually mean what they say and they never actually act on what they say," he said.

"Chances are, he [Malema] makes the pronouncement, goes home and sleeps."

He said the ANCYL was not a "kingmaker" because it had only 45 delegates at the conference.

Motlanthe said that, hypothetically, if he were elected ANC president, he would try to appoint the appropriate people.

"The country has lots of talented people. The trick lies in knowing how to create an environment in which all of them can come to the fore and make a contribution," he said.

"You have to appoint people that are far more talented than you are, if you are to succeed [as a leader]."

Positions of influence

He said he would not get involved in business, because he had influence as deputy president.

"I do adhere to very strict standards [and] I don't dabble in business. I didn't do so even as I was serving as secretary-general of the ANC because that was a position of influence," he said.

"I believe no one should even do that. You do that once [and] there is no coming back. It is a slippery slope."

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-12-03 14:47

    From Motlanthe's lips to God's ears. VIVA FREE SOUTH AFRICA, VIVA DA, VIVA!!!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-12-03 14:58

      "If the ANC fails to listen to the people of South Africa, it does not deserve to be in a position of power.." In my opinion: The ANC has failed and does not deserve to be in power!! Bring on 2014 elections..The ANC are in for a shock!! VIVA a Democratic coalition against the ANC, VIVA

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-03 15:07

      Unfortunately what is happening between themselves (aka the shooting, the fights, the disruptions of their own meetings, the killings) it's all but a taste of what is about to come our way when the cANCer will loose against lets say the DA!!!! These guys never play honest and crime is their way of solving issues!

      frederick.nel - 2012-12-03 15:10

      Why could'nt this guy be our president.. i dont know him but from reading his speach he sounds clever and like he is capable of making the right choices. Ether way Zuma needs to bounce, go live in his expensive house and retire. Sure he will live a good life and never have to work again sence SA made him rich. Wow finally a time has come where there just might be a change! Feels like years.. oh wait it has been years.

      khumo.lebone - 2012-12-03 16:14

      I guess Motlanthe has been observing the nonchalant way the South African public has been treated recently by the ANC and then made his conclusion on that basis. Pity though that he didn't lift up his arms and do something to save the situation from going to the dogs.

      rob.graf.18 - 2012-12-03 16:32

      @khumo Lebone, Sometimes fixing the car isnt enough and you've got to trade it in for a new one...maybe the dept pres realizes that to fix the ANC is to much of a task and replacing them would be the better option

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-12-03 17:10

      @charles.... on all accounts, you are right about the masses. However, it will take more than just the DA to take out the ANC in the next elections. The masses are also getting gatvol. But I don't think that they are ready to vote DA. There needs to be a better alternative than COPE for those that will always vote on racial lines living in poverty.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-03 17:45

      Common chaps, this Motlanthe earns so much that he didn't even want a salary, and the deals he and his live in partner have wrapped up dwarf even the theft by JZ for nkandla and others. He might be ponderously slothlike and quiet but he obviously CAN add 1+1=everything

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-12-03 19:06

      "We [as the ANC] ought to strive for relevance today to ordinary South Africans" Says the selfsame person who invited ordinary South Africans to taste champagne through his lips. Yup, he sounds really in touch with the commonfolk...

      ab.normal.961 - 2012-12-03 19:42

      It is amazing what power does, our last regime had colour problems & our current regime has f*uk the masses problems. We hear year after year how the tax man brags about collecting more money than the previous year but it is never enough and money issues get worst year after year. Are the black masses any better off than they were 20 years ago, sure they can vote, but vote for what? Service delivery, Jobs? Are blacks getting any richer?, Yes the 1% that already have enough, but not enough they are prepared to live on. Differences between the old & new regime: PEOPLE: care for themselves & there own colour type | care for themselves & screw everyone else. MONEY: care for themselves & assisted their own colour type | care for themselves & rob and screw everyone else. FUTURE: their policies screwed their chances of even ruling for 50 years | their policies screwed after only 5 years & we will be lucky if anything remains after 50 years.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-12-04 13:04

      'you have to appoint people that are more talented than you.' my father always said that and was never afriad to improve himself by learning from others. if you are as low as showerhead zooma you should do the same, but showerhead amazingly finds people who are more useless than him and appoints them.

  • osmaseko - 2012-12-03 14:48

    Should Zuzulicious win at Mangaung, ANC will lose my vote to Azapo

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-12-03 14:59

      That's fine, anyone but the current ANC regime. It's time for change. YES WE CAN!!!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-03 15:07

      we support your choice

      osmaseko - 2012-12-03 15:46

      esrom, who am I selling out? I will not vote for the DA but Azapo as I have clearly stated.

      siyaz.mcitakali.3 - 2012-12-03 15:52

      Call me a sell out or whatever but I'm not voting for Zuma, I'd rather stay home

      osmaseko - 2012-12-03 15:57

      siyaz, you can say that again

      thutothegreat - 2012-12-03 15:59

      I feel the same way, if Zuma wins i'de rather vote for COPE if they still exist. I would vote the DA, but like any other darkie in this country, news24 commentors are the one's killing the attractiveness of the DA, sarcasm and metaphors that define us black as stupid.

      eland.snitbul - 2012-12-03 16:06

      Siyaz.. by staying home your are actually voting for the ANC... all registered people not votings vote goed to the ANC... rather vote for a party which has the policies your believe in.

      osmaseko - 2012-12-03 16:06

      thutothegreat, commentators in this forum mostly those that are DA members are chasing away potential voters. So I will go for Azapo

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-03 16:12

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

      rob.graf.18 - 2012-12-03 16:17

      Osmaseko, sadly I agree with you, the DA supporters (i am one) can sometimes come across as being do it my way or go away...just like the ANC, but this i clearly not the right attitude to have. but I do welcome the fact that you are voting or will be for the party of your choice

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-03 16:22

      Seems Zuzulicious will win this one. The person that planned all these nomination process was very strategic. No time for anyone to canvass for the positions they are nominated for. Zuzulicious would buy them 25 land fish and chips which Plavin will have no problem approving.

      wanda.mgoqi - 2012-12-03 16:41

      it is not easy to standstill in big organisation like ANC if u missed to revive your understanding of alliance ideology try to understand the principles rather than the leaders man

      osmaseko - 2012-12-03 16:49

      wanda.mgoqi - principles are not running the country but leaders without principles are running the country to the ground

      rontheogre - 2012-12-03 16:50

      To Osmaseko and Thutothegreat, just by changing your vote away from the ANC you are disproving the negative sentiment of the commentators on this forum. In any service orientated industry, government included, the best way to point out the fact that you have found the service below par is to let your feet do the talking, or in this case your fingers when you vote. If you think that AZAPO can use your vote better then go for it. The point is that you are not voting because of loyalty, but are making an informed decision.

      aarchaic - 2012-12-03 17:01

      osmaseko, you have the right to vote any party of your choosing vote Azapo, ACDP, or any party it doesnt need to be DA, its a vote cast that will weaken the ANC and bring a motion of no confidence. - 2012-12-03 17:05

      Please explain to me why you would be a sell out by voting for DA? - 2012-12-03 17:10

      the right to vote is the most important freedom that comes with a democracy, at the same time comes a responsibility to use that vote wisely... hence the saying, "you get the government you deserve" - so yes, get out and vote, wisely

      rohin.jadin - 2012-12-05 08:47

      @siyaz.mcitakali.3 - staying at home doesn't help in this case. Rather close your eyes and pick a random party other than the ANC - if you abstain -and you're a registered voter - it just helps the majority.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-03 14:52

    "I do take responsibility for our failures and believe that whatever we do right should not be a source of celebration." Spoken like a true humble man, admitting his own parties mistakes. Thank you Motlanthe.

      attie.mostert.9 - 2012-12-03 14:58

      The first person that actually makes sense in a while from ANC. Accountability is a great feature in a person, sounds like we have a winner

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-03 15:08

      unfortunately - once bitten, twice shy! Did jacob not always spoke the right words and did the opposite? cANCer needs to be removed from sa!

      khumo.lebone - 2012-12-03 16:25

      The question is: How much damage does Zuma have to make to get fuddy-duddies eventually see him for what he is. Everytime the Sunday Times comes up with properly investigated stories of how deep the man has gone into the public purse but hey.... the masses give him a second term.

      rontheogre - 2012-12-03 16:56

      The point is Zuma had a dodgy history but was still voted in (who knows what backhanded promises he made, but we can get quite a good idea by the people he protects and enriches). Motlanthe has a good reputation and has made sense when not forced to toe the party line. If past performance is an indicator, then Motlanthe is in a much higher class than Zoomer. With Motlanthe at the helm I believe things will improve.(I vote DA by the way, but still respect Motlanthe as a person and a politician)

  • retrospectiv - 2012-12-03 14:54

    mostly accurate but maybe a bit too late... this should have been voiced much much earlier. indecisiveness is a decision and you may have left the door open too long; probably just enough for persons to recant on there initial promises and lead SA a slippery slope. the ANC is not a governing party is has become a enrichment exercise for the selected

  • DJPotifar - 2012-12-03 14:54

    This man counts his words and speaks coherently. Zuma does not and he comes across as as a half-wit. I would rather see Mothlante become president. The problem is, is that the vote is not up to us citizens. It is up to people who wish to keep benefiting from Zuma's reign financially. I cry for democracy.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-12-03 15:04

      THis guy will bring back malema. He has openly spoken his support for julias. He is a very dangerous person

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-12-03 15:11

      Mark, when and where did he support Malema?

      talana.malherbe - 2012-12-03 15:20

      @ Piet, Mothlante has openly critisized Malema being expelled, he has openly supported Malema. Mothlante is very intelligent and an upstanding man but his "ties and support" for Malema makes him dangerous to the citizens of SA, plain and simple.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-12-03 16:09

      Motlanthe has publicly supported Malema; he wanted to use him as a pawn to help his own personal political interests. If Motlanthe becomes president, Malema's charges will vanish in as short a time as it took for Shaik to contract a 'terminal' illness.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-03 16:12

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-03 17:08

      Sure mark.singh - the good ol' strategy of motivating others to do what you want by making them fear the opposite, on the grounds that it's "dangerous".

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-03 17:16

      @talana.malherbe and Revelgen, Kgalema preferred a different approach to the ANCYL leadership disciplinary. He would have preferred a political solution to the issues highlighted. Never did He say that He is a Malema supporter. There is nothing wrong with people have different opinions in approaching an issue

  • annelise.venter.77 - 2012-12-03 14:55

    Anyone But Zuma! At least Motlanthe talks honesty...time will tell. Still don't trust them (ANC).

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-12-03 15:02

      This guy is not honest. Believe me, if he gets to be predident, his true colours will shine

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-03 15:14

      Is there a honest choice.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-03 17:02

      It's foolish to believe there's such a thing as an honest politician. Trust in the instruments of democracy and not people. Saying "so and so" is honest or dishonest is a futile argument that exposes one's lack of understanding democracy. Honesty is not the test. Half the time, people can't trust people they don't like anyway, or people that have values that are different to theirs. Don't believe me? Google "Hofstede's dimensions of culture and trust".

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-03 14:56

    now you have admitted it,please explain what you are going to do to rid the anc of nepotism,corruption and greed?

      mahlodidavid.morudu - 2012-12-03 14:59

      Very gud question.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-12-03 15:22

      If Mothlante really spoke honestly and from the heart, why isn't he condemning Zoomer for his corruption? He is a senior member of government, why cover up? Sorry I don't trust him. If he really cared about the poor and what is happening in SA, why hasn't he openly defied Zoomer, he has enough support I would imagine...

      butch.poulter - 2012-12-03 16:30

      Only one way, STOP PAYING TAXES.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-03 17:10

      Er, butch.poulter - how about exercising your vote, considering that you do have it?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-03 14:57

    He obviously wants to be President, but is waiting for majority support, or a revolt. I have no problem with that.

  • Tarone.Net - 2012-12-03 14:57

    He makes a very good chess player. Principled as seems to be, he fails to understand the political game the ANC plays. He has a DA attitude and he should just switch platforms, simple!!!! come 2014 its either Viva Kgalema Viva!!! or Viva DA Viva!!!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-03 15:10

      I actually WISH that zuma wins - he will take the cANCer down with him...!

  • solo.mathe.5 - 2012-12-03 14:59

    I agree...but sir, talk is cheap... What have you done within the party to highlight the need for the ANC to listen to the people? ...

      talana.malherbe - 2012-12-03 15:23

      I agree Solo. A little too late. Our citizens have been suffering for years, so many people don't have adequate housing, education, people are just not coping financially, why only now??

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-03 16:00

      solo, you are 100% correct, I think the vast majority of us have lost any faith we may have had in the ANC, they have been involved in so much corruption and generally failed the people of this country so badly that it is impossible to believe any one man can turn the tide, they have ruined their chance to govern this country, it's time for a change.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-12-03 14:59

    It doesn't look like Motlante will make it to Mangaung and if an opportunity for ANC to foward min a presidential cadidate fails ANC will pay the price come 2014.

  • ppisciotta - 2012-12-03 15:00

    Thank you sir for speaking the truth.

      wanda.mgoqi - 2012-12-03 16:47

      is this the truth?are u sure?

  • freddy.masia.52 - 2012-12-03 15:01

    i like this man but he has been very quite abt him being our future presidet, anyway lets hope things will change after mangaung.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-12-03 15:25

      Freddy, Mothlante in my opinion is a way better candidate than Zuma but his support for Malema is worrying...

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-03 16:13

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

  • mlungisi.botha - 2012-12-03 15:02

    C'mon Sir, aren't you the man who appeared to want Malema treated with kid gloves even when it was obvious his chubby hands were in the till? And we all know that you were ok with his (and ANCYL's) wanting you to take over from JZ. Why's everyone diving for cover now that Malema's all covered in poo! I thought you (Kgalema), Winnie, Matthews Phosa and Tokyo Sexwale were all quite happy to support his political ambitions. If you did not see that his rags to riches history had corruption written all over it then I question your leadership capabilities, Sir! My advice...if you find you've backed a loser at the Durban July, tear up your ticket and move on quietly...noone will notice. Don't stand there and criticise your horse!

  • Leon Williams - 2012-12-03 15:07

    i like the way this guy sounds.he still has the nelson mandela ethics.original anc vision.where did zuma go wrong where was he when they spoke about hw things sud actually be done.eish!

      Ygivadamn - 2012-12-03 15:32

      The discussions were well over him, i mean imagine sitting and dicusing vision amongst lawyers, doctors, economists and theologians...and you want to come in with your Std3...please...he'd rather go bang wifey No3or Ayanda Dlodlo in or the Camp

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-03 15:51

      Where did Zuma go wrong you ask? I think the more important question is, "Has Zuma ever gone right?"

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-03 17:15

      Zuma went wrong when he started having shady people in his pocket. Which is probably like, what...forever?

  • herman.mokoane - 2012-12-03 15:09

    wat u u saying, are you in or out

  • patricia.notywala.1 - 2012-12-03 15:10

    Kgalema Motlanthe is finally showing his true colour he is indeed a snake that needs to be dealt with

      Ygivadamn - 2012-12-03 15:35

      Or he's just principled, is SA gone so bad that you'd openly accept an unethical leader than a man he simply wants to respect the WILL of the me he is a true "demoncrat"

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-03 15:53

      Such ignorance... :( :( :( Go read Zuma exposed then come talk about who the real snakes are.

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-12-03 16:04

      Exactly what I was hoping the anc would think,a snake.and I bet by dealing with him means isolating him until he drops out of the party, and take with him like minded people, and leave the anc like the big bully club it is, and loose more votes in 2014. You must understand patricia that the more the anc messes up, has internal squabbles, or disciplines its memepbers like they have done to thabo mbeki, some non-anc voters like myself are watching, and will definitely vote for alternatives, rather than a party that regard a man speaking on principle and values as a snake. The sad thing is,people like yourselves are rooting for such behaviour even though ur material gains are fact, you loose for everystupid non snake comments from our president and his cronies, by higher costs to services, horrible education standards, less international investments and hence the widening import export gap, poor health care services, bad basic service delivery, high transport costs, less chances of getting a job, unrecognized higher education certificates due to lowering standards,high crime rates,high tax rates,unmonitored pollution levels,/dwindling endangered species etc etc,or are you just happy with the way things are and the anc politicians continue tocontradict hemselves

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-12-03 16:07

      To Continue: Patricia, are you just happy while they contradict hemselves and each other with lies?and before you call me a racist, please note that I am as black as they come,

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-03 17:17

      Oh, and don't these true colours just look good?

  • nkosiab - 2012-12-03 15:10

    a poisanouse snake

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-12-03 15:15

      Zimpopo education?

  • - 2012-12-03 15:11

    Whats the point of criticizing yourself 4 years into a term for not listening to your supporters! Its unfair to play the political game when the elections are coming up and not doing anything between that. Zuma made all these comments before the last election.

  • markblack10 - 2012-12-03 15:11

    Motlanthle for president!

      linda.duits - 2012-12-03 15:57

      Be very careful what you wish for. This guy is a big Juju supporter. - 2012-12-03 16:03

      he has sat on the fence for Zuma's term he made no effort to resolve ongoing issues. He practiced quiet diplomacy "Did F-all!" - 2012-12-03 16:05

      @Duits that's playing the fear can you say he is a support of juju?

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-12-03 15:13

    No backbone. Pity... liked him but doesnt take a stand

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-12-03 15:13

    Mr Motlanthe, you are a man of vision which cannot be instilled into a person who only cares about his own wealth and greed. Good for you

  • esrom.sandy - 2012-12-03 15:14

    U hv no backbone KM always say anc dis and det lik ur brother vavi Msholozi is moving faster now u r crying fouls say it again anc made a big mistake by firing fat boy ur last hop just wait mangaung nd stop making noise

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-12-03 15:15

    . Tell that to bob.

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-12-03 15:15

    . Tell that to bob.

  • mphokazi.mhlontlo - 2012-12-03 15:16

    If you want my vote u have to work twice as hard because you have lost me along the scandals,fraud accusations,money laundering from top down the government officials appointed to look after my interested on my behalf and through the mentality that ANC was the ruling party in stead of governing as i appointed it to..u got a lot of work to do to win us as young people..the loyalty we had to the ANC has faded away.....other parties have up their game the Mandela stayed 27 years in prison guilty trip is gone and we starting to see that those who died for this freedom we have are turning in their graves right now..good luck(ANC) u going to need it

      talana.malherbe - 2012-12-03 15:28

      Well said Mphokazi.

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:29

      well said.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-03 16:14

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-12-03 15:17

    Tell the truth old man. I won't follow Zuma blindly to the colapse of the government. He can't manage his personal life.

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:29

      and he cant manage our country.

  • adora.domingo - 2012-12-03 15:19


  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-12-03 15:19

    Give this man a Bells!

  • fanyana.cele - 2012-12-03 15:19

    Motlante will withdraw even before Mangaung as a pathway to the presidential position come 2014.He has no guts to stand against his comrade JZ.He is a quiet coward.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-12-03 15:22

    Spineless twit , you are damn right the ANC 's Mangaung trip should be one way ticket and last nail on their coffin . An opportunity for the people to get rid of you guys and get in right people to lead us . Zuma and his tenderpreneurs have reached their sell by date : 100 years , that's their biggest achievement and nothing more .

      heini.botes - 2012-12-03 16:05

      There's more than enough room on the DA-train for you fellow South African!

  • sango.jika - 2012-12-03 15:27

    Motlanthe you hv a gaol and a vision of what you want this country to be. I still wish you had campaigned early so that every one can see what you're about. Can you please share some of your wisdom and knowledge because president Zuma he don't have a clue what he is doing he is a disgrace to the nation.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-12-03 15:27

    Mothlante is a very intelligent man, way better candidate than Zuma! I am worried about his support for Malema, this will mean his end. If he doesn't cut ties and support for Malema, he will make it very difficult for citizens to trust him completely. I say again, I am a huge DA supporter but if I had a choice within the ANC, Trevor Manual would be my choice!

  • magoro.mags - 2012-12-03 15:27

    I never took him seriously until i read this article...i have to admit he made me to miss the first two democratic presidents...his words are inspiring

  • Ygivadamn - 2012-12-03 15:27

    One day's one day, empires rise and fall, from Mayans, to Romans, To Eastern Chin to Washington's West, now its about to be the Mighty ANC to concede power....soon and very soon, we are going to see the LOSS *singing*

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-03 15:28

    the cANCer fears losing power more than they care about actually doing a good job.. don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out... best thing for SA is for them to go, and soon, we've bled enough for these scum..

  • jerry.phillips.393 - 2012-12-03 15:29

    Well said, pity is late now. KM could have taken a stand long time ago.

  • thozi - 2012-12-03 15:29

    Wise advice by the Deputy President...but who's listening? Info Bill, E-Toll, to mention just two.

      thozi - 2012-12-03 16:41

      Just to prove that there are a lot more: The unbelievable destruction of people's private homes by Gauteng's ANC ... despite international condemnation and utter disbelief. Want more?

  • phuti.hlako - 2012-12-03 15:30

    The honourable has spoken,,,,, but is too late.

      mphokazi.mhlontlo - 2012-12-03 15:51

      point on because they already given him second term..

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-03 15:31

    He only realises that now, he was the part of the team that has failed dismally. The man should just join Da

  • jimi.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-12-03 15:31


  • Radebe - 2012-12-03 15:32

    If right to vote I would vote for this man. He is a thinker, intelligent cohesive. Our freedom and right to a vote as we had believed it would be as only for a few individuals (delegates)

  • gjvtonder - 2012-12-03 15:33

    A better government, I wouldn't hold my breath...

  • michael.heys.3 - 2012-12-03 15:33

    In a democracy there is an equal opportunity to vote by an electorate with an unequal ability to think. It is sad that Stupid has the same voting power as Einstein.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-03 15:35

    ANC is going down!!!

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-03 15:38

    If the ANC were in 1st world country they would never make it. The trouble is the vast amounts of stupidity from the masses. How else does one explain the rewarding of a pilfering president with a 2nd term?? In other countries he would not even finish his term given his cirucmstances, they would charge him and throw him in jail.

      heini.botes - 2012-12-03 16:00

      Most correct thing i've read all day!

      john.s.stalwart - 2012-12-03 16:34

      Wena Zamani u are out of the topic, Zuma is not the ANC and given his incompetence it is so true that he would be unseated by the MPs and be impeached for breaking the many codes of the presidential office and that'l mean prison and at the most forfeiture of assets,how sour is this swallow na? - 2012-12-03 17:22

      soon the people will say enough...

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-03 15:39

    Give you a hint Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, many are already shifting outside of the ANC to other parties!

      sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-12-03 15:51

      Whose many? Lol.

      mtizozo.nsele - 2012-12-03 16:35

      He talks crap, anc is here to stay, it will rulle till Jesus comes for his country SA that wouldnt see cenan under the white's man hands,,.

      mzwa.mthombeni - 2012-12-03 18:24

      LoL. Who's many? You seem to be holding your breath for a revolution. Political fantasies! Dream On! No miracle will happen in Mangaung or in 2014!

  • david.lebethe - 2012-12-03 15:42

    Speaks like a stateman but like every careerist, things he warns us about unfolded before his eyes and did nothing about it. He knew about the decay in the anc all these time. Afterall, tenderpreneurship and corruption are creation of the anc. He could not use his influence as the Deputy President to stop the rot. His call is belated and only made when it is evident that he wont make it in Mangaung. Like a typical careerist, all he does is to beat our emotions and pity him.

      heini.botes - 2012-12-03 16:04

      True that!

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-03 15:46

    Unfortunately ANC want corrupt cadres so forget Mr Motlanthe. Please just pack ur bags and shift with us,please do not form new political party but shift to another 1 that has values. ANC=African National corruption

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-03 15:48

    We are likely to see another Zimbambe where the former liberation movement-the ruling party is losing support in urban areas and the opposition party has a lot of support in urban areas.People who are living in urban areas will leave the ruling party and join opposition.People in rural will continue voting for thr ruling party because it 'liberated' them