Stop tribalism, says Limpopo ANC

2012-04-19 14:09

Polokwane - ANC leaders in Limpopo's Mopani region have drafted a document which urges the party to stop tribalism within its ranks and in government, according to a report on Thursday.

The document, which would be tabled at the ANC's provincial policy conference, analysed the causes and the consequences of tribalism, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The document said that the problem with "tribesmen" was that they did not like democracy, freedom or women's rights.

It said ANC members had a right to belong to a tribe but their tribal affiliations should not be brought into the party.

Mopani ANC regional secretary Bricks Mandzini told the newspaper that the party was a national movement and not a tribal movement and that tribalism was affecting innocent people in Limpopo.

According to the report, the document said some ANC leaders had gained positions of power because they had promised jobs to members of their tribe.

"It is difficult to channel their tribal energy into the national agenda because they are tightly preoccupied with tribal politics," the document read.

It said tenders were also awarded along tribal lines.

  • Omrisho - 2012-04-19 14:16

    hmmm... tribalism has been around since the beginning of time, cannot see it going away anytime soon... but a call for the RIGHT man for the RIGHT job just might be a step in the right direction

  • Herman - 2012-04-19 14:21

    The last sentence of this article says a damn lot.

      Piet - 2012-04-19 14:37

      Connected cadres.....

  • Peter - 2012-04-19 14:25

    I hate brining race into these things because i dont care what color the government is as long as they deliver. But i guarentee you if a whiteperson or the DA for that matter had written that document the article would be plastered with the words racist and racism

      Bongani - 2012-04-19 15:13

      I agree fully with what you are saying, but remember I can call my mother or wife fat, but no other person can say that, just using analogy. Blacks can call each other by the K word and that is not a problem and I am sure white can call each other whatever degrading thing they use, but blacks can not use the same thing. I hope I get more thumbs up.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-19 17:59

      But why bring race into it at all??? I have friends of all races and black, white or colored never comes into the conversation. Why should it. And why should I want to call someone from my own ethnic group by a derogatory name? I am not a racist - that's why. Only people who are all bent out of shape harp on it and make it an issue. So you're black ( or whatever) so what? You're another person, another occupant of this city, country, world, planet - like all of us. You also have day to day problems, hopes, dreams, desires, likes, dislikes etc - we all do. Why do we constantly have to harp on our differences and pick on them instead of rejoicing and celebrating them? C'mon guys - we only have one life!

  • Den - 2012-04-19 14:35

    Yes, please stop raping, killing, raping your kids, grannys etc to. kind of makes the rest of wonder about you.

      Farmworker - 2012-04-19 14:40

      @Den Who you referring to, Bricks Mandzini?

  • colin.langley - 2012-04-19 14:38

    God...the blind leading the deaf!

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-19 14:47

    @peter well put even spca would like less cows slaughter at anc events

  • Ken - 2012-04-19 14:50

    Tribalism (Europe has many "nationalities" and will continue )is not unique to Africa. You can break this down further to clans (simple example the various clans of Scotland). Clans can be further broken down to (Liverpool FC vs Everton FC)supporters. It's simply people sharing the same language and cultural beliefs. I like to be around people who think and act something like I do. Hence "IF" I was a Zulu I would probably feel more comfortable around other Zulus. And if I could work with someone from my clan, even better. Like Rikesh say forget about it, it's never ever going to happen.

  • Carlito - 2012-04-19 14:50

    Censorship, cant even write down any collective nouns Ill try agian what do you call a group of owls? A parlament. What to do you call a group of ANC members? A corruption.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-19 14:52

    And they only realise this now???Wonder if this applies to the prez and all the wives????????

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-04-19 14:57

    For Tribalism to stop we as Africans we should stop it nw,nd da right man/woman shud b elected>Den we cn tackle Racism den after.

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-19 14:59

    The word tribalism is just another form of the word Racism, never underestimate the "tribalism" under the black people, and who said black people cant be "tribalists"

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-19 15:00

    Tribalism is the African way, it has been for thousands of years and will continue to be the way its done going forward for many years. The only reason that South Africa has not descended into the war torn dust bowl that characterizes this continent is that they are banded together against their "white oppressors" once the white issue is resolved the normal infighting between tribes with resurface with a vengeance and the tribes will continue their genocide campaigns against each other.

      William - 2012-04-19 15:16

      Off course I do agree with Ludlowd,wht you are saying is what is happening,more especially tribalism is promoted by illiteracy as you can see it from 2 km away and is high in ANC political organ and the very same tribalism violates others inherent dignity even on working environment they practice their cultural and traditional stereo types which is unacceptable,

      Muzi - 2012-04-20 11:32

      In Europe countries are named in accordance with majority tribe. France for French, England for English, Italy for Italian, Greece for Greek, Spain for Spanish, Portugal for Portuguese..... catch my drift.... the only three african countries named after tribes (Lesotho, Swaziland & Botswana) were Brit Protectorates and their names were not changed after "independence".... So who are the masters of tribalism????

  • Rob - 2012-04-19 15:03

    Withdrawing into tribalism (and nespotism) is a sure sign that the anc is on a slippery downward slope. Take a look at for a review. Some will claim growing pains. Others will say we are on the way to anarchy. Either way it does seem like an awful waste of to dissipate the inheritance of 1994, at least the good bits!

  • Ringeta - 2012-04-19 15:22

    Maponi Municipality only employs tribal members from Letaba in Duiwelskloof because the District mayor comes from those area. It is true manzini.

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-19 15:29

    News24, you are so behind with the news. Just after 6 this morning already, this was mentioned on 5FM.

  • McGesh79 - 2012-04-19 15:46

    Mmmmmmm Tenderpreneur and Limpopo this rings some bellz

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-19 16:20

    We live in 2012...Many other Nations had tribal practices, but gave it up in order to move forward into a modern world. It's not practical to maintain both...and as I see the African South African loves to flash their 2012 cellphones, cars,computers,clothes ect;.. why would they then change into skins when they get to their rural farms.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-19 17:46

      Because those are their roots and I believe they must continue to do so at home. But in politics and business they are in the 21st century and must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner - its essential to our survival. It would however be good if they could leave some traditions out altogether - like the torturous maiming of a bull - which dies a violent and slow death. I don't understand how cruelty like that could ever make a meaningful sacrifice, unless it's to the devil.

  • Donald - 2012-04-20 07:52

    tribe is stronger than blood.

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