Zuma calls for unity for ANC's survival

2012-04-07 08:03

Mbombela - President Jacob Zuma called for unity in an address to delegates at the African National Congress Mpumalanga elective conference in Mbombela on Friday, according to a report.

The SABC reported that Zuma said this would ensure the survival of the party for another century.

Delegates in the audience were warned to stop chanting slogans against other delegates, and Zuma told them to stop treating one another with enmity.

He also criticised the ANC Youth League for public utterances against party leadership, saying it should prioritise recruitment instead.

Smooth start

Earlier, provincial spokesperson for the party Paul Mbenyane had said the conference had got off to a smooth start.

"There have been no hitches at all, it is going well."

Registration for the conference was completed on Thursday evening.

"There are over 1 000 delegates, the most our provincial conference has ever had, and this shows that the ANC is growing in the province," he said.

President Jacob Zuma delivered a two-hour speech before provincial party chairperson David Mabuza addressed the delegates.

Mabuza and health MEC Clifford Mkansi were expected to vie for the top party position during the event, held at Mbombela Stadium.

Voting for the top spot would take place either on Friday night or on Saturday morning, he said.

Mabuza - reportedly a close ally of Zuma - received overwhelming support during the ANC regional conferences, with four regions showing their support for him.

However, there has also been disapproval of him as leader.

Those who want Mabuza removed have repeatedly complained about widespread corruption, divisions within the ANC and political infighting.

His rival Mkansi is a former secretary of the Sondelani branch at Thulamahashe, outside Bushbuckridge.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-07 08:08

    In the mean time U just continue appointing your corrupt thieving cadres and family members to high profile positions. Then silence anyone who points out your nepotism and dictatorship.

      Bheka - 2012-04-07 08:32

      I suggest u go to the point abt who is corrupt and who uses nepotism. And also who was silenced when s/he spoke out.otherwise stop talking abt what u dont know and talk of what u know better.

      Grootrot - 2012-04-07 08:54

      I think Zuma just turned into a prophet - Jesus will come just after the ANC has split. Pres Zuma, in a democracy, one must have differences and debate and the decision on what is the best option by the electorate. If you do not have that, you don't have a democracy. Don't offer on the altar of your self possession, the very democracy that you say you allegedly fought for. Democracy also means freedom of expression, it will be a sad day for you and the ANC if someone may not express his opinion anymore in your party.

      Gregory - 2012-04-07 09:29

      Khulubuse , Edward , Micheal Zuma, 15 adult members of his family accounted for 134 company directorships of these 83 are linked to state activities . Richard Mduli has abused state funds on many occasions , murdered his lovers husband .\ YAWN \. The list goes on I can't spend the whole day justifying my comment. But believe me it's true.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-07 12:23

      Holy Smoke! They deleted my post of early this morning : "The question is : Why would anyone want Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption to survive? Surely it is only the ANC itself that cares about their own survival. That is all they really care about, isn't it?" Le's see how long this one survives.

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-07 13:21

      If he needs to say it, he's a worried man! There have been deep divisions within the ANC since long before it was given power. The nature of those murders in the camps and elsewhere have no changed a thing even after 17 years - it's all about POWER. With the power comes the money. Funny he said this in Mpumalanga - the province with serious cover ups, power struggles and open faction murders. I would love to trust what the President says but his track record so far had denied him the trust of the Nation. The shower-head stays in place to taunt him forever!

      Alf - 2012-04-08 08:10

      Gregory - I guess for Zuma it is a matter of "Don't do as I do, but do as I tell you to do"!

  • colin.dovey - 2012-04-07 08:34

    The way Zuma was ranting at on TV looks very much as though there is so much disunity in the ANC, that the hierarchy have gone into panic mode. Winnie the Pooh confirmed that by saying that "there are BIG problems in the ANC." - That was significant coming from her - moreover, watch their eyes lately - they all look like Deer that have been caught in the headlights.....perhaps unaware how much their body language is giving their double-speak away. They are actually SCARED of the impact that Malema is making on their voting power. It as all very amusing from the sidelines...but VERY bad for the, crime, health care, transport are falling apart - FAST!

  • Rob - 2012-04-07 08:37

    Unity? Does that mean that everyone must think the same way and believe in the same things? Sounds repressive, and extremely unhealthy to me. I could suggest that a better approach would be to harness the diversity in a positive and open manner....... How long will it be before the anc tries to make it illegal to differ from them in opinion?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-07 08:54

      Eggzakilly, criticallyhonest. When the PIB was put to the vote, the ANC MP's were warned : Vote "yes" or else... Even those who abstained, are now being disciplined by the ANC. A Party system will never work, because the priorities are all wrong. It is ALWAYS the Party above anything else. This culture permeates through the thinking of the individual within the party.It becomes like a drug. This is how Hitler came to power. If we want freedom and democracy in S.A., we should scrap all political parties.

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 13:09

      Aka Swaziland?

  • Sean - 2012-04-07 08:58

    It's going to get worse before it gets better. Cant wait for greed to accelerate corruption's death Rattle though. All this while the DA consistently and etically does the right thing for beautiful SA and its citizens. Waiting paitiently like an Alpha Lion in the in the long grass for greed and corruption to decimate the very party that liberated our country. Step aside, your turn is almost over.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-07 09:22

      I like your metaphor Sean. It has a certain positivity and ring of hope to it, but you are wrong on two counts: (1) The ANC never liberated our country. All they were interested in, was the transfer of power. (2) There can be no "turns" in a democracy. "Turn" for what ? Raping the country and abusing its citizens? I agree that the DA offers this country the most hope at this point in time, but they are still part of a flawed system - a system that places the nation on the altar of Party expediency. Political Parties are the single biggest stumbling block on the road to freedom and democracy.

      Sean - 2012-04-07 09:52

      maserati. The net and only result of the ANC coming into power was the 'liberation' of our people on paper in terms of our constitution. The disastrous gut wrenching by-product of this is the abuse of power and rubbishing of responsiblity they were given. Lets not forget that this was a prediction made by many that has come in to fruition in a big way. The reality is that we currently live in a democratically constituted society which is not going to change anytime soon. For now, it makes sense, to elect the next best option to take the reigns (move over, you have had your turn)which IS undeniably the DA (head and shoulders in terms of accountability) as it is the most viable means of some sort of salvation within our political landscape. Arguing otherwise is like losing a limb and saying "no thanks I'll leave the prostehtic limb and all the benefits which may come with it(not ideal and temporary), stem cell therapy will 'one day' grow me a new on (ideal and permanent). If I get a prosthetic one I will be advocating prosthetic limbs instead if stem cell therapy...therefore prosthetic limbs are not the solution. So I'll just suffer more than I should and hope, hope, hope...till that day comes".

      Steve - 2012-04-11 11:06

      Why don't the voters just vote the DA in and see what happens over the next 20 years. Can't be any worse than what we have now.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-07 09:05

    Zuma has always been the problem with the ANC... He's the common denominator in every ANC problem. Unity will only come if he and his alcoholic friends leave.

      Sean - 2012-04-07 09:11

      Duncan. Greed and the Lust for power is the common denominator in every ANC problem. Sorry to say man. It's sad but undeniable.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-07 09:44

      Duncan! I object! What is wrong with having a dop? And how can you say our President is a common dominator? Jackson will donner you and Jimmy will spoke you to pieces, mate!

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 13:13

      Duncan, by your argument I can also then say that the ANC have been the common denominator in ever buggerup we had the last 20 years, thereby their "shelf-life" is also over then. ByeBye cANCer...

  • Onke.Dali - 2012-04-07 09:05

    To ensure ANC's survival Zuma should step down!

      tobydt - 2012-04-07 10:25

      To ensure South Africa's survival, the ANC should step down!

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 13:13

      ANC should step down

  • Kingpin - 2012-04-07 09:06

    The man is lost, if I was him, I will steP down because he is killing ANC big time. If they elect him in Mangaun, ANC will lose out. I have never seen such arrogant leadership of trio ( Z, mantas and mthemb). Writting is on the wall

      Ngaka - 2012-04-07 09:53

      Couldn't agree with you more, Kingpin viva!!

      vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-07 10:45

      I'm guessing you are a Julius Malema supporter

      Gregory - 2012-04-07 11:46

      If I was him, I would jump off the Mandela bridge .

  • Sean - 2012-04-07 09:16

    when SA starts caring more about the survival of a country instead of the survival of a political party and refuses to blindly support our leaders belt sizes getting bigger and bigger. Only then will we have unity. The rest is all utter bull#%it.

  • komorison - 2012-04-07 09:20

    When will you realise that the so called 'democracy' that one has is a farce, it's stops by drawing your little cross. When the elected get into office they have acute amnesia concerning all the promises, and good sounding plans! They forget that we the people employ them and put them into power, lut for money and power takes over at our expense. That goes for any political party. ANC out tomorrow, new party in, same old, same old.

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  • Blip - 2012-04-07 09:38

    Clearly the DA are now recognised as a very serious threat in opposition.

  • tobydt - 2012-04-07 10:24

    Luthuli house. Luthuli house. Luthuli house is on fire. We dont need no water let the mother****er burn. Burn mother****er. Burn.

      Sean - 2012-04-07 12:32

      Sockitome BABY!!!! Yeeeeehhhhhaaa!

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-07 10:31

    The only reason Mr President has called for unity is so that he could be re-elected for a second term, a very calculated move if you ask me.

  • nspaynter - 2012-04-07 10:35

    United we stand, divided we fall. I would like to see the call for unity to extend to all South Africans: ANC, DA, COPE, etc; black, white, coloured, Indian, whatever. Let's stop throwing rocks at each other and unite to build South Africa into, not only the best country in Africa, but the best in the would. "Yes, we can!"

  • Azande - 2012-04-07 11:36

    The snake is biting now its own tail. Now that Zuma is reaping the fruits of his seed which he finds sour, we must sing and dance to his tune. The prerequisite of ANC unity is "your departure from the presidency". That's an unfortunate fact, MR PRESIDENT. So, please relinquish power and pass the baton.

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 13:19

      To whom? The outspoken racist Mothlante which backs an even greater racist Malema? Time for this whole farce to end up in the history books, where our kids can learn how NOT to run a country. Then only will we get somewhere

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-07 11:43

    What is it with Africa...We have a history of incapable Presidents, who have as each regime took control of well developed economies..slowly raped their countries of it's wealth...leaving behind an impoverished land and it's people, depending on aid from other lands.President Zuma, stop the speeches.. take decisive ACTION..this moment in this hour can not be left with out a strong leader setting down the rules..At the moment...Malema is calling the shots...this country needs you to make a final decision on Malema...or I sadly see another African country in 5 years...looking for UN aid in food parcels.Dear Lord save our beloved country from this.The thing is...the USA and CHINA...can not wait for our nation to crumble...they sit rubbing their hands...because when a nation is in desolation..these rich nations offer crumbs and take the booty.THINK...ALL SOUTH AFRICANS...WE NEED AN EDUCATED that will raise this country to be a nation to be reckoned with..that others will flock here saying this is a wealthy and peaceful country...We can do it...but so much depends on our leadership..THINK..BEFORE...YOU CHOOSE.

      nspaynter - 2012-04-07 12:19

      I thought the period led by Mandela along with de Klerk and Buthelezi went off very well..... It was a great start.

      Tsietsi - 2012-04-07 13:18

      I fully agree with you, more especially when you say that we need an EDUCATED leader. As a nation, we must not undermine the power of education.

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 13:21

      Sandra, sad reality hitting home. They can't be the leaders you wish for. History. (last 20 years)

  • lakhi.madala - 2012-04-07 12:17

    I might not be a political party fan but am pleading with close friends and relatives of Julias Malema to urge him to respect and abide by the advice of the elders of ANC and the Manifesto as enshrined in the constitution. His sporadic and dynamite behaviour is no longer doing any good to the overall party instead he is torning it apart bit by bit.

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 13:22

      And you have realized that when? VIVA JUJU, let him run free.

  • hoyingomane - 2012-04-07 12:36


  • Oom - 2012-04-07 13:48

    I don't think anybody, black or white want Zuma as the president. THUMBS UP if you DO; THUMBS DOWN my comment if you DON'T

  • Lungile Rlm - 2012-04-07 14:07

    Zuma's statement is directed 2 Kgalemang Motlhantle,meaning he shudnt compete wit him 4 de presidency nthn more nthn less,he jst wnts a second term....

  • braamc - 2012-04-07 21:32

    F345ck yourself your filthy thieve and co

  • Rob - 2012-04-08 14:41

    Comming from zuma that`s rich. in other words - "support me or I`ll take us all down!"

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