New ANC policies to fight weaknesses

2012-12-20 08:46

Bloemfontein - The ANC's policy document on "Organisational Renewal" saw resolutions taken to address weaknesses within the party at the national conference in Mangaung on Wednesday.

The party has seen a decline in its core values, in-fighting at the detriment of service delivery; and organisational capabilities that do not match the demands of the current phase the ANC was in.

Commission member David Makhura said training of African National Congress cadres would be central to the party's organisational renewal in the next 10 years.

"The national executive committee (NEC) is to adopt a 10 year programme to train cadres and change their profiles," Makhura told reporters in Bloemfontein.

The party's 1.2 million members would not just be public representatives but well-trained cadres.

The members would receive political, ethical and academic training.


The conference had also resolved to extend the probation period of new members from four months to six months.

Another commission member, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, said the proposal to reduce the size of the NEC from 80 to 60 members was rejected.

"The plenary agreed to maintain the status quo," she said.

It was also decided that the next time the ANC votes for NEC members, only those with 10 or more years experience serving on a structure of the party would be eligible. The criteria was currently five years.

Delegates at the conference voted for the new NEC on Wednesday. Results were expected to be announced before President Jacob Zuma's closing address on Thursday.

During plenary there was robust debate on issues pertaining to the ANC Youth League.

Potgieter-Gqubule said the NEC had been given a mandate to urgently intervene and assess the state of the ANCYL and its stance towards the ANC.

The NEC would work with the ANCYL to resolve problems within the league.


Amongst other things the ANCYL and the mother body had clashed over the expulsion of former league president Julius Malema.

Since Malema's departure the league has been led by his deputy president Ronald Lamola.

The ANC conference also resolved to establish an integrity committee at both national and provincial levels to deal with party members accused of misconduct.

Makhura said the committee would be established within three months of the election of the party's new NEC.

The committee would have the power to subpoena any member to appear before it.

"The committee will help us nip corruption in the bud... the ANC wants to hold members accountable, and for them to respect the laws of the country," he said.

The committee would also look into the business interests of members.

Party leaders and public representatives would have to declare their business interests to the committee.

  • charliekeegan2 - 2012-12-20 08:53

    Oh Good. Then start from right at the top and go all the way down. Clean the slate and go back to the start. Do not collect R200, rather steal it when no one's looking.

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-20 09:13

      indeed, remove the cANCer

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-20 08:56

    "The committee will help us nip corruption in the bud... the ANC wants to hold members accountable, and for them to respect the laws of the country," But you already know Zuma is the most corrupt bastard in the organisation!! He refuses to hand over the spy tapes which inadvertently substantiates his refusal to co-operate with the authorities! WHY is he not in jail huh!?

  • herman.charles.12 - 2012-12-20 08:57

    Well done!

  • graham.goodman.77 - 2012-12-20 08:58

    I don't see anything here of importance-that makes it newsworthy. Nothing about how to improve the lives of those suckers that voted for them Its all about the ANC, and for that we have suffered wall-to-wall radio and TV coverage for weeks!Its all about the image of the PARTY, not the country, again confusing ANC with the state. And the voting fodder will put them in again. How sad!

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-20 08:58

    Talk is cheap Makhura,how will you make Zuma respect the laws of the land? When we know that the man lacks understanding of the constitution.

  • jean.hubert1 - 2012-12-20 09:03

    Ha!Ha! At the head of the party we have a person who is both corrupt not accountable. How can one expect anything but corruption and lack of accountability from it's members?

  • foxiloxi - 2012-12-20 09:04

    bla bla bla bla, blaaaaa bla bla bla....................... I smell more BS and absolute nonsense once again! If only the ANC members spent as much time working as ................ hmm, cancel that thought, it'll never ever happen!!!

  • shyguyhr - 2012-12-20 09:07

    Heard that 1ne b4 try sumthing new,cnt wait 4 2014 2 vote 4 my new party DA

      charliekeegan2 - 2012-12-20 09:09

      this comment made my brain freeze. Try again...

      isando.nesikela - 2012-12-20 10:19

      Then u should call yourself Shameguycause u

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-20 09:08

    I ask, how many time can you put the same BS on just another paper. cANCer is corrupt and they all know it. Furthermore everyone knows the cANCer is all about presentation and bling and NOT about outcome or progress. The whole world knows that cANCer papers mean NOTHING! Nothing at all.

  • vicky.john.1297 - 2012-12-20 09:09

    Yet another load of cr@p - all talk no action. Implement it, guys, don't just mouth off. - as if - sigh!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-20 09:24

      Implementation isn't the problem. That is used for job creation BUT execution and holding people responsible is. They are extremely smart when it suites them. Then if it looks like they will be pushed into a corner the words "You are not in the spirit of things" followed by denials and threats. Usually translates to "I know I/we did something wrong but you must support us or else" and that "or else" I have witnessed a few times personally. It is the only thing the cANCer understand and their members/friends/family are fluent in that language and more often than not actually supports and helps their members/friends/family to get out of pickles by redeployment or promotion. This is how it is. Now ask yourself why would they want to change?

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-12-20 09:10

    How will you handle Zoomer who is the weakest link, unless you eliminate that your position is really meaningless Mr Makhura!

      isando.nesikela - 2012-12-20 10:10

      How can someone who scoops 75% of the votes and be declared the weakest link.Which part of it you don't understand

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-20 09:17

    So you have broken it and its going to take 10 years to fix it? I dont think you have 10 years!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-20 09:19

    Organisational renewal?. How is that possible with the same incompetents at the wheel?.

  • Deborah - 2012-12-20 09:22

    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The past few years were a minor setback. The ANC will rule for another 100 years, mark my words.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-20 09:33

      It cANCer terms that translate to "What you steal does not make you poorer". Either way "other" people will suffer. How can you call the last few years a minor setback when the same people and culture is still at the wheel? Can I assume the next few years will also then be "a minor setback to come"?

      wmathimba - 2012-12-20 09:36

      that true anc is stil going strong

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-12-20 09:30

    Like a bunch of children in a club

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-20 09:39

      Children in a club don't impact on the population of South Africa.

  • emiel.vandenhoute - 2012-12-20 09:55

    There were huge cheers for, ..... and Philly Mapulane, who was elected treasurer of the ANC in North West last year after being sacked in 2010 as Madibeng municipal manager for gross misconduct, bribery and corruption. In line with new "Integrity" policy. NO COMMENT

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-20 09:57

      Might want to add to that that criminals who steal actually get "nice" performance bonuses.

  • isando.nesikela - 2012-12-20 10:02

    As SACP member I fuLly support the creation of the integrity committee in relation to the issue of deployed cadres to declare their bussiness interests cause The histotry of all hitherto sruggles is history of class struggletherefore the character of our liberation movement should remain clear in this issue.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-20 11:30

      Integrity and Communism cannot co exist in the same sphere. Communism is the most exploitive and corrupt of all the disciplines. Communism in all its glory only supports one class. How did they put it? Communism only works till someone else's money runs out.

  • lumka.asiya - 2012-12-20 10:42

    academic training can be the remeady that can end corruption with in the ANCt.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-20 11:54

      The question of corruption is a simple question of yes or no based on a person's principals. Simply put "Yes I will" or "No I won't". No school can teach you this. You are what you are. Your culture is your culture.

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2012-12-20 11:29

    blah blah blah. the only way the stealing and coruption will stop is when there is not one cent left in the country. otherwise these dumb muppets that have been put in charge will continue to dismantle south afroica one brick at a time

  • cecilia.oconnellbehrens - 2012-12-20 13:53

    Anc fights for the poor.....ek weet nie so mooi.....daar is ongelooflike arm wit en nie wit wat honger gaan slaap,en en en.Met die verloop van die ANC se bewind het dit vererger,terwyl nie wit in die nuutste en duurste motors rondry. Die stelling moet eerder ly.....Roei korrupsie uit tot op die been......raak ontslae van amptenare wat hul bekwaam is,selfs die wat bekwaam is,maar te lui is om te werk.......dan sal daar vir die armes oor wees. Dit is elke keer die verskoning......die om meer en meer geld op verskeie maniere te bekom.....WAT NOOIT BY BEHOEFTIGES UIT KOM NIE. So word ieder en elk verarm....en dus sit ons aan die einde vd dagmet n kwynende Staat.

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