New ANC Gauteng chairperson Lesufi promises change

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
New Gauteng ANC chairperson Panyaza Lesufi said while they have set their sight on winning the 2024 general elections, they are also going to work hard to win back the confidence of the people they have lost in the past elections. Photo:      Christopher Moagi
New Gauteng ANC chairperson Panyaza Lesufi said while they have set their sight on winning the 2024 general elections, they are also going to work hard to win back the confidence of the people they have lost in the past elections. Photo: Christopher Moagi

POLITICS


New ANC Gauteng chairperson Panyaza Lesufi has spoken tough about crime and unemployment, and outlined the party’s future plans.

He gave his closing remarks at the conclusion of the party’s provincial conference in Boksburg, which resumed at the weekend after being adjourned for two weeks. Lesufi defeated Lebogang Maile to win the provincial position and succeed David Makhura.

He said while they have set their sight on winning the 2024 general elections, they are also going to work hard to win back the confidence of the people they have lost in the past elections.

“The road ahead may be uncertain, yet our tasks are clear. A united and renewed ANC working with the people is essential to the tasks ahead,” he said.

Lesufi added their immediate goals are to address the energy crisis as a matter of urgency.

He said: 

This has reached unacceptable levels. There will be consequences for management’s failure to tackle this crisis. We will engage the president and the NEC to solve this problem within 18 months.

Lesufi said they were going to tackle the immigration crisis as it had also reached unprecedented and unacceptable levels.

“This requires an immediate response, and it requires strengthening border control. No one must come to South Africa without proper documentation. We must know where those who are refugees live, and their movements.”

Making reference to the 21 people who were murdered in taverns around the country, Lesufi committed the new leadership to tackle basic security in the communities.

READ: Enyobeni tragedy: ‘Let’s tighten and enforce our laws’ says Mabuyane as 19 are laid to rest

“There are fundamental security problems that must be resolved because there is audacity, lawlessness and no regard for life. People feel unsafe in their communities. We call upon the president and the national security cluster to find immediate solutions to bring law and order to protect our communities. We call upon the security cluster to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable in our communities.”

He called on the national government to move with speed with the economic reforms, including diverting resources towards resolving the high level of unemployment facing the youth and women.

“We equally call upon the private sector to stop paying lip service to the issue of jobs and contribute meaningfully to the resolution of this crisis. In the next three months, we need a clear and practical plan for resolving the jobs issue.”

READ: Row over ANC provincial committee election results as conference finally wraps

Addressing the ever-increasing prices of fuel and food, Lesufi said it was unacceptable that they watch from the sidelines when the price of essential food for the working class is three times what it used to cost.

“The high price of fuels exacerbates this. We cannot hide nor bury our heads in the sand. We must find long-lasting solutions to cushion the poor and the middle class as they continue to be severely impacted by this crisis.”

He said this was part of the renewal of the ANC, which he believed was not an abstract concept.

“Revival starts with minor issues, conduct and good behaviour. We must renew and recommit to the values of selflessness, discipline, criticism and self-criticism. The permanent task in conducting a revolution is the renewal of revolutionary morality.”

Lesufi said under his leadership, they will focus on rebuilding, renewing and reconnecting the movement to its mass base. He added the leadership would rid it of any organisational, intellectual and moral pathologies pushing the masses away.

He added:

The legacy we wish to leave when we vacate office includes transformed townships and revitalised cities and towns, a prosperous Gauteng where jobs are plentiful and entrepreneurs, especially in the townships, thrive; significant gains in rolling back racism, tribalism, sexism and xenophobia and a vibrant, united and purpose-driven ANC that puts the interest of the people first.

The party’s provincial secretary, Thembinkosi Nciza, said the party had adopted the declaration of the conference to focus on the task of dealing with poverty, unemployment and inequality.

“As the state both at provincial and local levels, we should find effective ways to work with all the stakeholders who are critical for the achievement of our goals.”

Nciza said they have prioritised education, health, science and technology as areas that needed to be addressed.

“The need to prioritise health services of vulnerable communities beyond addressing Covid-19 includes addressing medicine shortages, laboratory shortfalls and reducing waiting lists and times for access to surgery and specialists’ care.”


facebook
twitter
linkedin
instagram

Delivering the 

news you need

+27 11 713 9001
news@citypress.co.za
www.citypress.co.za
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24

E-Editions

Read the digital editions of City Press here.
Read now
Voting Booth
Cricket SA is considering replacing Mark Boucher with two coaches, one for red-ball and the other for white-ball responsibilities. Is this a good move?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Love the idea
32% - 46 votes
Hate the idea
35% - 51 votes
They must just be local
33% - 48 votes
Vote