Tokyo Sexwale 'wants to serve'

2012-07-15 10:47

Johannesburg -  Tokyo Sexwale cautiously declared his intentions to challenge President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung in December when he said "I want to serve", according to a report on Sunday.

"It would be an honour to serve, but the branches must decide," he told the Sunday Independent.

He stopped shy of saying he was going to run for the presidency of the African National Congress.

"We are already being approached," he was quoted as saying.

Sexwale, who is an ANC national executive committee member, told the newspaper he had been approached by branch members and leaders who he said wanted him and others to step up to the leadership.


The ANC will only start nominating candidates for the party's leadership in October, two months before the elections.

"There is a lot I would like to say but cannot. This is a critically sensitive time," Sexwale said.

"This is a game of numbers, of votes, of what the delegates want. Mangaung will be a conference of branches. And until the branch delegates cast those votes, we do not know what kind of beast will emerge."

According to some aides Sexwale's backing was not insignificant, the newspaper reported.

He had gained significant ground in the Eastern Cape and was pushing into several provinces.

Sexwale said he was adamant that he would not run for the sake of a seat.

"I will weigh my options very carefully, I will examine the motives of those who are nominating me. I wouldn't want to be used by factions," he was quoted as saying.

"I am not a puppet and I would not want to find myself in a position that others have found themselves in."

  • Henk - 2012-07-15 10:52

    What? Is he running out of money?

      RabbleRouser - 2012-07-15 11:05

      He wants to 'serve'. What he really means is that it will be self serving.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-07-15 12:16 wonderfully artfully said...I can picture him dishing up- one for you and one for me, like the old eat-sum-more advert

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-15 12:22

      He left politics and became a businessman - why did he come back? Simple reason, his business failed and there is more money to be made in government.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-15 14:52

      there is a job for him at our local Spur. should satisfy his desire to serve...

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-15 10:55

    The ones who are dumb enough to want Zuma out, WILL get Tokyo Sexwale!! PLUS Winnie Mandela AND Julius Malema !!!

      RabbleRouser - 2012-07-15 11:06

      It just goes from bad to worse.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-15 15:09

      ABZ. The danger is the same man president indefinitely.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-16 03:01

      It's being between the rock and the hard place

  • RabbleRouser - 2012-07-15 11:08

    Are we in for another bald headed rat.

  • david.t.hlongwane - 2012-07-15 11:11

    The presidency is said long to be organised and smoothly ran,as some parts of the ANC members say.we shall be waiting,I SHALL...

  • david.t.hlongwane - 2012-07-15 11:11

    The presidency is said long to be organised and smoothly ran,as some parts of the ANC members say.we shall be waiting,I SHALL...

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-15 11:15

    I know Jacob Zuma is lacking leadership qualities big time but to replace him with Tokyo sexwale or pro-Julius officials it would be a big disastrous mistake. Tokyo sexwale and Winnie Mandela they're in government to promote their selfish interests not to serve the country, ANC supporters or voters should not be fooled by Tokyo sexwale's wealthy or materials they must remember that he's the same man who was booted out of thabo Mbeki's cabinet because he was back stabbing him the same way he's currently doing to Jacob Zuma.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-15 11:20

    "... we do not know what kind of beast will emerge." What a true word.... just another beast...

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-15 11:21

    Nah Tokyo jst chill u n Cyril r opportunist u hv no interest in ppl`s life..Mothlanthe deserve dis chance h knows better bwr d struggle..Jst go bck 2 ur wine biznis

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-15 11:39

      True that mfethu. Just hope the branches vote Motlanthe in. Zuma is a chameleon with a shower on his head!

  • - 2012-07-15 11:25

    And all along I thought he was serving?

  • Henk - 2012-07-15 11:27

    This country does not have a future with the ANC!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-15 12:02

      Even Trevor Manuel: This country has never been run as well as right now. They make me vomit.

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-15 15:09


  • hein.helmand - 2012-07-15 11:30

    Yes,to serve his family and close pals and friends

      garreth.rosenberg - 2012-07-15 18:22

      Not just him. They are all the same. Don't trust any one of them. They are all the same. I suppose as long as Zuma doesn't get in.We're better off then.

  • kelly.reagan.90 - 2012-07-15 11:31

    He wants to serve ? that should read "wants to also grab tax payers money". Anyone could see it coming - being pals with Malema months ago so he could get the ANCYL votes. This party and it's executives are corrupt to the core.

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-15 11:35


  • kalman.dittrich - 2012-07-15 11:32

    Gosh, as Minister of housing how many houses was built under him? ZERO? Hang on he found that built houses needed repairing, what a find, I say Tokyo we dont need u at all, Please leave government,

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-15 11:37

      He thinks we're puppets! He's already served himself, let him take his Mvelaphanda and enjoy bloody mary's in Mauritius, we don't need him at all!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-15 11:35

    Please no. He has fingers in too many pies giving him too much power and control. He will make this country his own company with henchmen like Malema to cause hovoc whilst he takes control of everything he can get his hands on, at the same time controlling large parts of the media which it is said one of his companies is currently bidding for. BIG mistake and word is he had a very suspect begining to his wealth. Media, please start digging before he can control any information.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-07-15 11:35

    We will remind you comdrade, we observe the last two paragraphs of the column.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-15 11:36

    Zuma has done enuf damage its tym h steps down focus on Inkanda n his wives..Mothlanthe challenge dis morons hu r stealing frm our hard earned tax..Viva Mothlanthe viva

      Henk - 2012-07-15 11:40

      you are still voting ANC. We are doomed!So

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 12:48

      Mothlanthe is buddies with Malema, which make him ever worst than idiot Zuma.

  • sello.mapeka - 2012-07-15 11:36

    Minister, how is your department of housing???

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-07-15 11:36

    It would make a change to have someone willing to 'serve' - unlike the likes of showerhead, the evil one, fatboy, and most of the ANCorruption cronies who have adopted the typical African stance that because they are in leadership positions, they are to 'served' and use the countries coffers like their own personal ATM's.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-15 11:43

    And he is a bigger moneygrabber than Zuma.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-15 11:44

    Without BEE Tokyo would be NOWHERE!! and now he wants to SERVE..mmmmmm!!

      julio.sanfona - 2012-07-15 15:32

      Why hasn't he served while minister of human settlements? I wish the voting masses would catch a wake up fast and realize that they're being screwed over by their own comrades.

  • sello.mapeka - 2012-07-15 11:46

    I remember one winter night you went to diepsloot and slept in a shack, the following morning you promised people there that you going to change their lives, it was after you were appointed as minister in housing department, since that day people there never saw you, no live was changed, now you want to!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-15 11:47

    Sexwale is successful in business, intelligent, he has charisma and a level thinker - we could do with someone who isn't in it for glory and money - his life is good enough without running a country - but i believe he can do it. He doesn't just talk, he gets things done - he is proactive and i see him stepping up and being one who will remembered as a great leader. We need a LEADER not an ELDER.

      kalman.dittrich - 2012-07-15 12:11

      What has he done except receiving a fat salary, Why has he got Billions and so many have no Jobs? He has done what? Just name 1 thing please LOL

      Alice - 2012-07-15 12:25

      Good point Tricia!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-15 13:19

      Tricia, what did Tokyo get done where housing is concerend?.

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-15 18:40

      @kalman.dittrich - you're a stalker and a very negative person with a bad attitude. most of my family and i live abroad temporarily because living in SA we have been retrenched, robbed, robbed again and have been defeated by BEE - the fact of the matter is - no matter how much you all b!tch and moan about every Black future president just because they are black - you might too have to leave SA one day if things carry on the way they are. Tokyo has the ability to excel but not amongst the idiots we have in power now. He has billions because he is a smart man - and all the lazy fat big mouths are jealous of him. As for your comments on Dubai, it is a place that gives millions of poor people jobs, it's opened doors for many who would otherwise be jobless - for a fake man-made place it is paradise. I can walk on the street any time of night and i'm safe. Dubai is an international city and everyone respects each other's cultures, religions and beliefs - people like you should spend some time here and learn what 'courtesy' means. People in Dubai work hard, respect one another and obey the laws - it is the safest place on earth. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE MISS OUR BELOVED SOUTH AFRICA AND PRAY THAT ONE DAY WE CAN COME HOME WITH FULLER POCKETS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES INSTEAD OF SOME PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO FIGHT AND BE NEGATIVE, KALMAN (and oh, i'm no cutie pie - life in SA made me a tough cookie). You are welcome to your political opinion - but don't attack me!

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-15 20:17

      @kalman.dittrich - to clarify - we work in Dubai because this all we can do, as we have worked in Angola and other places - fact is we are home often where we still have our house, pets and all our friends and most family in SA - we have been able to contribute more to SA by earning money outside of it and spending the time healing. Sharia law doesn't apply here in Dubai, however the laws that do exist are mostly adhered too and it serves everyone, especially women. As for Tokyo - it remains to be seen if he can use his brains to a good end - i have faith in SA and of course, as you say whites and blacks have downed my comments because they're white and the others are against anyone wanting to take Zuma's place. lose/lose! 'over and out'!

      antebellum.axiom - 2012-07-16 09:41

      Tricia, are you suffering from stockholm syndrome? You have been forced out of the country because of BEE... But now you come here and support the poster child of the BEE fatcats? And lets not forget that was Julias' no1 backer. Nice try though, with the soppy, kumbaya moral highground bactracking tactic...(that might have worked a few years ago). Trying to guilt people into accepting your misguided opinion by waving the racist brush is so 1999... It is obvious that you are a sucker for punishment, so please stay there untill after the elections.

  • alf.pop - 2012-07-15 11:50

    Musamuskid: If the information that he still owes NEDBANK 2 Billion is correct, you have found the reason why he wants "to serve"! He also appears to be suffering from bouts of grandeur (WE are already being approached!)Maybe he wants to extend his family and needs to buy a few more farms through his company, from which he has "resigned"! Somebody must point out to him that as a president he can not play APPRENTICE and declare "it is a draw" when a decision is needed! Zipper Zuma is using that ecape route already to worm his way out of commitment.

  • andy.t.mcdermott - 2012-07-15 11:54

    More importantly what are the issues that he stands for! or any other challenger come to that. Too much factional politics is crippling the country. We already know Zuma stands for self enrichment and cadre deployment. Be brave, be honest show your hand tell the people.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-15 11:59

    Stop fooling us u gng 2 nid criminals 4rm branches 2 vote 4 u lyk Zuma..After dey all gng 2 still frm our hard earned tax lyk Zumas administration made up of bigmouth n corrupt officialls.Angie knows nothing bwt education,Cele knew nothing bwt Police only Tender frauster

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-07-15 12:02

    The question is not whether you want to serve but whom you wish to serve. Yourself, the people, the ANC, the country?

  • harold.chisimba - 2012-07-15 12:05


      phae.rayden - 2012-07-15 17:12

      And don't forget you main aim Harold, you want to be president so you can shout at everyone.

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-07-15 12:08

    Go back to your crime. Please answer one question...How did you become so wealth in such a sort time?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-16 17:05

      How did he become so wealthy . .. ? He became wealthy through a government program called BEE which is the current government's response to apartheid's oppressive effects on certain classes of south african citizens . In such a short space of time . . . ? well that is accelerated BEE for you

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-07-15 12:14

    Tokyo oh don't even understand your own emotions! YOU WANT POWER!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-15 12:18

    Oh come the season of jollity in December - the stage is slowly being set.

  • thuphac.mokoena - 2012-07-15 12:18

    Comrade Tokyo, you are already serving as the minister of housing. Clean up that damned department, ensure that RDP houses are properly built by skilled builders, and then, only then, you can talk about serving in the higher office!

      mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-15 13:46

      Exactly Mokoena, properly built and finished. l sometimes wonder if Tokyo goes around and check his job, cause there is a lots of complains about RDP houses.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-15 12:21

    Why don't you first try to get your ducks in a line before trying to take a bigger bite of the pie. Well,, the whole pie in this instance.

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-07-15 12:27

    it is time for a change of government, not only president.

      julio.sanfona - 2012-07-15 15:48

      Yours is the best observation so far. No ANC cadre will save this country from self destructing because there is no accountability and no consequence when (not if) they screw up as long as the cadre in question doesn't turn against the ANC supreme leader. The concept of cadre deployment is designed to at best deliver mediocrity because it's not the best person that gets appointed but the one that makes the least waves and merely backs the leader of the ANC blindly.

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-15 12:28

    To all ANC trolls such as Mzi.Puss..I mean Puzi,get this in ure thick skulls,never and ever again will ure pathetic sorry excuse for an organisation and government produce leaders such as Mandela,Tambo and Sisulu,Tokyo will be just as selfserving as showerhead and the same can be said about Mothlanthe

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-15 14:47

      First statement that makes sense on this forum...

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-15 15:23

      Your like a snake,way back you labelled above-mentioned as terrorist and today are the leaders?that u hate to be led by black person.So i dont pull race card but your comment.

  • clive.schonken - 2012-07-15 12:34

    'I want to serve'. Easy, become a waiter !

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-15 12:34

    He's like Self Serve Ice Cream, will melt in the heat of battle.

  • bernpm - 2012-07-15 12:36

    Such a humble man......"I want to "serve"....." Sorry ANC people, your credibility has long gone out of the window. Self serving, yeh... but nation serving? not a donner!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-15 12:43

    I stop to trust I'm since he allied with Malema.

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-15 15:24

      @Non bullet proof,Consider his alliance with that to be be the way forward cz we are running out of patience.

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-07-15 12:56

    You want to \serve\ use half of your billions to build houses for the poorest of the poor

  • muzi.myeni - 2012-07-15 13:04

    Y am I not surprised? Giving up Mvelaphanda meant that he was aiming 4 top job in the country and he knew that JZ wud be easy 2 oust. Or so he thot!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-15 13:12

    Look Tokyo, you are a candidate or you are not. Pussy footing is not the answer. Is that the way you will govern too?.

      godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-07-15 13:48

      Go govern at mvela panda,we don't need you cos u are greedy,u gonna be more like Jacob Zuma.Trevor Manuel is the right candidate to replace Zuma.

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-07-15 13:15

    I like yo biznis acumen 'stick to it ' u r not a president material ....Support de deputy pres to oust Mr puppet myb u can b his deputy ne !.!!

  • Henk - 2012-07-15 13:23 suck!Th

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-07-15 13:27

    Tokyo Sexwale's prints all over R10-billion tender.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-15 13:30

    If you promise to arrest every thug who have been looting the this country wealth I will support you

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-15 14:48

      He'll have to start with himself...

  • Sithole - 2012-07-15 13:33

    Comrade Tokyo must strive to unite da Anc than to devide it. To me he is continuing his opportunistic tendencies.

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-15 13:36

    Toyko go to the apprentice! u r as greedy as the whole ANC lot. u were holding umbrelas for Zuma to ensure a position in his cabinet, now that u got it, u want more. Stop the greed and go back to your struggling Mvelaphanda.

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-15 13:36

    Serve my foot!!! You are the one responsible for Malema holding back DOOR rallies. Sorry, we cannot have a country run by wanna celebrities. How I so wish reshuffles his cabinet and gives you the chop for I HATE yonke into edibene noMalema!

  • amelia.basson - 2012-07-15 13:45

    The problem with South Africa: Our leaders are sitting in government instead of jail where they belong! We need more leaders with honesty & integrity and I couldn't care less what colour they are! Helen Zille's track record in the Western Province is flawless. She's a remarkable woman of the finest class and distinction! Leaders like her command reverence and respect!

      roi.boss1 - 2012-07-15 14:51

      thats rich coming from someone that benifited from apartheid you should also be in jail coz you benefited from apartheid which was a criminal action, so shut up

      amelia.basson - 2012-07-15 15:40

      Roi.boss1 let see how I benefited from apartheid: Public schools & education system ruined, corrupt police, sick & dirty hospitals, pothole roads, blackouts, sewage & dirty water, unemployment & poverty, horrible violence, rapes and murders! I can't call the police (afraid of them and they don't come anyway because they have no transport). I can't send my children to public school (they won't find a decent job with a public school education). I don't even think of going to government hospital (my healthy father died in one). I try to drink bottled water only (not the sewage mess our municipalities are supplying). I drive with smash proof windscreens, and live behind high walls, locked doors, burglar bars, safety gates and have no other protection than pepper spray because the government took my firearm. Half the time I'm without electricity and telephones. So please tell me again how I benefited from apartheid and why I should be in jail – if it is because of the colour of my skin, then you are a blatant racist!

      julio.sanfona - 2012-07-15 16:00

      Unfortunately there are too many roi.boss1's in this country who have nothing to contribute to the subject and quickly pull the race card and then feel that they have won the argument. I wonder who is the racist here?

  • hendrikvs - 2012-07-15 13:47

    It doesn't matter who leads the ANC - we only had daily examples of continuous unethical behaviour - especially the past 13 yars. It seems as if the ANC does not have the power, ability and willingness to change their attitude of ruining SA, its people and resources.