Sexwale unperturbed by jeering

2012-06-28 15:56

Johannesburg - Senior ANC figure Tokyo Sexwale was not perturbed on Thursday about reports that he was jeered at the party's policy conference in Midrand.

"As a leader there are times when you are cheered and times when you are jeered," the African National Congress national executive committee member said.

"The ANC is a very beautiful organisation, where it can even have a very nondescript person standing up to say 'point of order', and when they say that, there is no leader above any point of order," Sexwale said.

"Do you know how many points of order have been in all the branches of the ANC coming here? You know how many points of order there were just at the meeting of the national executive committee?"

He was reportedly jeered when he warned delegates at the opening of the conference on Tuesday not to sing derogatory songs, or songs in support of leaders.

Minor thing

"It's a very minor thing," Sexwale said.

He said it was the essence of a true democracy and was glad it was demonstrated in public.

"The essence of democracy is about when somebody stood up in Durban and said to Nelson Mandela 'point of order' when Madiba was saying 14-year-olds should vote. We said 16," said Sexwale.

"No leader is above the point of order and this is how people are not seeing it."

He said "points of order" were people saying something should not be discussed at that time.

A point of order is an interjection during a meeting by a member, who does not have the floor, to call the attention of the chair to an alleged violation or breach of the assembly’s or meeting’s rules of order.

"Point of order belongs to people who've got no power... So it's the most welcome thing," Sexwale said. This was how people should see it.

"It's not Tokyo [who] is being jeered, so what is going to happen? This is the incorrect way of seeing this thing. I'm glad it played itself [out] in front of people."

Sexwale said it showed he had not "paid anybody" to stand up and sing for him.

"Now you've seen real, pure, honest democracy. Today you get cheered, another day you get jeered at."

  • wizeman.slim - 2012-06-28 16:05

    "Democracy" from the bottom of my heart.......Booooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

  • walter.ntimane.9 - 2012-06-28 16:11

    Ok Comrade on a point of order

  • Jaun - 2012-06-28 16:18


      ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-06-28 16:58

      Manuel for President of the Republic.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-28 17:50

      Jaun, Yes, and than he can teach us how to become a billionaire in a matter of a few years !! Ohh, and sexwale cannot come alone, he will HAVE to bring along Julius Malema and Winnie Mandela. Without them he won't have enouigh support !!!

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-06-28 16:27

    Hold your head high. Let them celebrate. But I pity those celebrate this alien behaviour.\r\nIt happened to Terror in Polokwane and becoming a trend.

  • donald - 2012-06-28 16:31


  • willie.dique - 2012-06-28 16:51

    I will vote Manual / Sexwale or Phosa for the next president - WHY they have got brains and uses it properly.....Look at these three's trackrecords in the history of the ANC and their contributions to the political arena of the country. They are more clever than the "commoners" and "big-no education-mouths".

      ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-06-28 17:00

      Willie, I'd support Manuel for President of the Republic.

      Revelgen - 2012-06-28 17:01

      The big black mark I have against Sexwale is that he supported Malema. Bad company corrupts good morals as they say....

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-06-28 16:57

    How on earth can someone in their ranks have a problem with derogatory songs directed onto some of them ? But want to go to court when the songs directed at a minority is declared hateful they want to wet their pants .

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 16:59

    "Sexwale said it showed he had not "paid anybody" to stand up and sing for him." Now, there is a telling 'dig' at Zuma if ever I heard one. Methinks Tokyo has ambitions ......

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-28 17:18

    Sexwale, it was stated that you were topping up little JuJu's slush fund. So, you wont be very popular with the zuma brigade. Better sit down and be a good boy now. You did have a lot of respect until that storey emerged.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-28 17:52

      You mean, respect on how to get tenders, and than become a billionaire overnight ?????

  • Kevin - 2012-06-28 17:24

    Point of Order - Point of Order - please get the government to stop deploying cadres at are incompetent and do not have the capacity to perform or deliver.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-28 17:34

    You will be unperturbed.You are anc.Skins as thick as a cement block.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-28 17:38

    Gosh.You are an ugly lot in parliament.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 17:54

    Sexwale, Motlhante, Phosa and Manual need to be in partnership to be a President cos individualy they won't makeit unfortunately (remember majority rule)

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-28 18:05

    Ouch, is he suggesting that Zuma paid people to sing for him? Dirty business this politics.

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-06-28 20:04

    Now I understand the meaning of “point of order”.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-01 16:39

    Tokyo get out of politics and enjoy the rest of your remaining years rather concentrate on your Diamond investments in Angola.

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