Stop bickering, leaders warn ANC members

2012-04-03 18:53

Johannesburg - ANC leaders on Tuesday warned members against bickering and negative lobbying.

"We must constantly remind ourselves of the consequences that are inevitable should this continue," said secretary general Gwede Mantashe at an impromptu media briefing in Johannesburg.

Earlier, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association called on the party's national disciplinary committee of appeals to summarily expel Julius Malema.

This followed Malema's recent remarks at a centenary lecture at Wits University that President Jacob Zuma was a dictator and was suppressing the league.

The ANC's treasurer Mathews Phosa was present when Malema made the remarks.

On Tuesday morning, the ANC Youth League also called a media briefing at Luthuli House, accusing the veterans of looking for attention and trying to please their "girlfriends".

Mantashe said the national officials found themselves in compromising positions by being implicated in statements where ANC leadership was denigrated and insulted.

"This too must stop," said Mantashe, reading from the statement by the top six officials present at the briefing - including Zuma.

"Public platforms do not provide the space for a person who is unfairly criticised to respond or for a debate to ensue that will allow correction, self-corrections and growth of an individual."

He urged members to use various structures within the movement to raise concerns.

Mantashe referred to the league's centenary lecture in which Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was forced to correct "deviant" behaviour by people at the rally who wore T-shirts with his face on them.

"It is a sad reality that the ANCYL has chosen this year of the ANC celebrating its centenary to attempt to portray the ANC as undemocratic and unresponsive to the voices of the youth, thus bringing the organisation into disrepute," he said.

Youth members in Cape Town also attempted to disrupt the second lecture in honour of the ANC's second president, Sefako Makgatho.

Mantashe said the matter was under investigation and that action would be taken.

  • Jessica - 2012-04-03 19:07

    Looks like the multiheaded snake is turning on its own heads. Yay let the ANC destroy itself just like the NP

      Smell - 2012-04-03 19:58

      I am probably inviting a chorus of disapproval, but I believe the best outcome for RSA would not be the implosion of the ANC, but the reinvention of the ANC. I suspect the large majority of citizens in this country is still way to traumatized by our past to consider voting in a DA government (even if that would virtually guarantee a better run country). And parties like the Freedom Front will forever be relegated to the sidelines, because they represent the interests of a very small minority. If the ANC can reinvent itself in the spirit of Luthuli, Mandela, Tambo, Sisulu, Mbeki (snr.) and Beyers Naude the party would have my vote. The ANC has a proud legacy and is best positioned to foster racial healing in our bitterly divided country. It has just completely lost direction since 1998, when a new tack in direction was completely missed by Mbeki - he took as backwards, when he should have taken us forward. This is a very good time for the ANC to reset the culture in the ANCYL by facilitating the appointment of bright, educated leadership for the ANCYL. Come on, where are the newly educated African lawyers and doctors in this country? Why has the ANC allowed young, uneducated morons to hijack the ANCYL? Where are the young Mandelas and Bikos?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-03 20:16

      @Smell - this would be a very good time for the ANC to DO something, instead of making gaseous press statements that mean nothing and go nowhere

      Senamela - 2012-04-03 22:21

      @Smell... That's a fresh perspective on this odour we've got out here, but from what we've seen in the last 3 years there aren't people of that stature or quality that can re-invent the ANC, let alone 'a barb wired car'. They have founded their political careers on the wrong stone, allied themselves with too much business, I'm afraid political fibre has officially been lost in South Africa, perhaps even for good.

  • Peter - 2012-04-03 19:19

    The ANC is imploding. Political elastoplast will doubtless try to breach the wounds, but cannot heal them. Bandages will give the public impression that all is well. But the sores of schism are rotting underneath the two-faced plaster.

  • wehan.victor - 2012-04-03 19:21

    "leaders" bwahahahahahaha

      Zahir - 2012-04-03 22:11

      The country is sinking fast there is no leaders to save us from the anc mess

  • fuzile.matoto - 2012-04-03 19:24

    This is really sickening mow, the whole organization must stop its operations and concentrate on one individual or because of its youth league. Is there no other DC measures. Why not wait and then take action after the appeal. Is there no real mechanisms in the party to deal with descent. We know the yl has embarrassed us in so many fronts. Why not wait for the processes to be concluded. This is real bossy stuff.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-04-03 19:29

    But why must they stop... it provides us with amusement and its about the only thing the ANC its good at anymore, or at least the only thing thats its good at that doesn't scare the living schit out of any sane person in this country.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-03 19:29

    Whenever there's incessant bickering you can be sure there's no leadership. Clearly the "various structures within the movement" are no longer trusted. Probably because, as with everything else, they move at a snail's pace and provide no long-term solution. The fact that the ANC (ahem) leadership had to hold a press conference to tell their members to behave, is ironic. They are using the same vehicle certain of their members constantly vilify (and are now trying to muzzle!), to communicate with their members. It seems to me that meetings, emails etc (the usual means organisations use to communicate) are not working - but people will heed what's said at a press conference? It's all too absurd...

  • Crracker - 2012-04-03 19:33

    One may not like JM and the ANCYL leadership. But it does not preclude one from forming an opinion of the news conference. What was so funny that the ANC's so-called top leadership giggled throughout like teenagers? And who was the most prolific giggler? JZ himself. We are not all fools.

      Crracker - 2012-04-03 19:36

      And the spokesperson also giggled.

  • Mokgabo - 2012-04-03 19:35

    A weak political strategy by malema. If he is going down he will take some with him. Why do they allow him any air time in the expense of government? Sometimes you en thrust young people with responsibility they can't handle! Maybe we should have a panel to interview elected office barrers & if they fail the interview they are out!

      Georg - 2012-04-03 19:49

      Sorry Mokgabo - but I don't see any old people in the ANC showing they can handle responsibility. Everything they do boils down to corruption. Do read the article on Thuli Madonsela. Very sane woman. The wheels are coming off at speed.

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-03 19:49

    Not so long ago the anc, through Mantashe et al, the anc reprimanded its members for dealing with internal issues through the media. Now the top six is doing exactly the same, isn't that hypocritical? This clumsy leadership must also remember that the bickering was started by them on the road to Polokwane, so the must live with. Zuma is not, and will never be a leader. The man is 'undevelopable'. He doesn't have the qualities of a leader in the 21st century. He should do the honorable thing. There a lot of people who can do better in this country, within and outside the anc. Its a shame that some intellectuals in the anc are 'cowards' and can't stand up to Zuma, while they can clearly see that he is taking the anc and the country into the drain. Now option B? DA!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-03 19:54

    What's with Mathews Phosa? Talk about double standards....2 days ago he is stand next to Malema on the podium...and Malema is saying "Zuma is a dictator"...and today Phosa is part of the Anc group discussing Malemas future..which seems most of them want him gone....Wonder if Phosa agreed with them?....SNAKE....

  • Gerhardus - 2012-04-03 19:55

    after screwing up the education system this comment should be the least of our problems

  • xmanganyi - 2012-04-03 20:03

    Now I confirm that Malema is gone the Veterans have spoken

  • Andrew - 2012-04-03 20:05

    Looks like Zuma is in panic mode????

  • Herman - 2012-04-03 20:21

    What a joke the anc has become, bunch of idiotic farts.

  • Hermann - 2012-04-03 20:25

    The National Party became a political corporation thanks to power and as a result fragmented and now? Now the ANC is walking the same road. Good for us.

  • Henry - 2012-04-03 20:28

    No, go ahead...bicker all you want...Entertainment is scarce around these parts.

  • Bertus - 2012-04-03 20:29

    Bickering? How about also stopping with their corrupt ways and govern this country for a change like they should.

  • chris.khanye - 2012-04-03 20:49

    Malema is just a bad looser and I repeat - the menace to society should have been discarded long ago during his Cosas days. And since Malema is a potential political hazard - the ANC must make sure he's discarded in such a way he's not gonna pollute the environment. But all the same - good riddance!

  • Ian - 2012-04-03 20:55

    Malema and his cronies have whispered in to some top six leaders' ears (including Motlante and Phosa) that they are not on Zuma's slate to Mangaung. Motlante and Phosa must realize they are committing political suicide if they continue aligning themselves with this lunatic. Malema behaves like spy. If there were still UDF, it would have dealt with him looooooong time. This guy has sidelined minorities who helped bring change to this country. The top six has allowed him to continue destroying what Mandela had built. Top six are political cowards who have no balz. The ANC is going down the drain.

  • Lesego - 2012-04-03 21:27

    Juju in trouble big time!

      Patrick - 2012-04-04 00:00

      No.ANC in trouble big time!

  • Mario Haddon - 2012-04-03 23:15

    there is always a Judas!

  • Ramohapelwa - 2012-04-04 00:11

    Eggs on our faces. Accept we had wrong assessments. Let's not be petty. It was a normal Tuesday ANC press conference. Can't we just learn to listen, just once. Top 6 project unity and provide leadership, we howl. Because its controversy we want. We must stop wrong analysis.

  • Elkieta - 2012-04-14 18:26

    What leaders are you talking about mantahe.No leaders that we know of.All we see is a lot of money grabbers.Feed themself on the poor and don't give a damn how many go hungry children are going to bed without food toninght.You are a shame to all of us and the world sees it all.Don't look in the mirror tonight and go to bed with a full stomach. Thye mirror will crack again.

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