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ANC succession race hots up

By Sibongakonke Shoba | Mar 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 68 ]

Malema criticises ANC leaders "who have become arrogant on power"

THE African National Congress's succession train is picking up full steam as party structures across the country held meetings to elect regional leaders.

Most significantly, the ANC Youth League is touting Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is its former president, as its preferred candidate for the ANC secretary-general position which is currently held by Gwede Mantashe.

Mbalula, speaking in Tsolo near Mthatha at the weekend, said calling for the mines to be nationalised was not a crime.

In Kimberley, Northern Cape, suspended youth league leader Julius Malema warned: "Never be ahead of the masses."

He was criticising ANC leaders "who have become arrogant on power", adding that the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December could become "another Polokwane", which had led to the recall of former ANC and the country's president, Thabo Mbeki.

Meanwhile, the ANC has decided that open campaigning for the top positions would only happen in October.

Despite this, Zuma's re-election chances have received a setback as it has become apparent that his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe intends to compete against him for the presidency of the ANC.

Weekend reports suggest that while Motlanthe, who carries the support of the ANCYL, will wait until October when nominations for leadership posts open, he and his supporters have signalled his intentions to unseat Zuma in December.

The Sunday Times quoted an anonymous Motlanthe aide as saying: "He will accept nomination even if he is nominated by two (of the nine) provinces."

However, in KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma received a boost when the province's 103-branch eThekwini region elected Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo, a close ally of provincial leader Zweli Mkhize.

Mkhize, who now appears to be the frontrunner to retain the KwaZulu-Natal chairmanship, is said to have the backing of nine out of 11 regions in the province.

Last week, his allies took control of the Moses Mabhida region (Pietermaritzburg).

The Lower South Coast (Port Shepstone) and the North Coast (which includes Richards Bay) regions are however believed to be opposed to his re-election.

While Zuma is considered to hold considerable sway in the Eastern Cape, two regions in the province have already been won by anti-Zuma candidates.

In February, Sandile Sello was elected chairman of the Alfred Nzo region while former Buffalo City mayor Zukiswa Faku won the greater East London region.

Other Eastern Cape regions - Amathole and OR Tambo - will hold their elections at the end of the month while the rest will be held in May.

At the weekend, National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa leader Irvin Jim said they were not backing down on their campaign to have their members swelling the ANC ranks.

"When we say our members must swell the ranks in the ANC, we are not asking permission from anyone.

"We have even engaged and told President [Jacob] Zuma that we want to see NUMSA members dominating ANC ranks, from branches to senior level.

"The working class must impose its hegemony to the state and Zuma fully agrees [with that]," he said.

- Additional reporting by Sikho Ntshobane, May Bongwe Maqhina and Sapa

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The people want JuJu, SA want juju,We want juju. The people want Economi Freedom

Mar 27, 2012 10:0 | 0 replies

@Patsekg
I read your view , I should say , your view is KAK broer. If you are still suggesting ZUMA as the president you are obviously holding in too much fart.

Mar 19, 2012 3:0 | 0 replies

In my view, I don't think it is the right time for Motlanthe to take over the reigns, even though he is the only qualified person to can do so at the moment. Motlanthe is such a good fellow with good morals fitting for someone who is to lead a country like ours, however, I doubt if he has a back bone to can stand against the bullies like Malema. I suspect that he is being elevated to the thron by the Malema Camp because of his personality that makes him look like he can be controllable. Surely, Zuma should be allowed to continue in order to clear a way for Motlanthe to take over an ANC that is united and without bullies. Those who claim that Zuma is a tyrant have no proof of their claims. I can prove to you that this man might not be educated but he is a very good leader in that he consults with the ANC before he takes a decision, surely a tyrant will never consult, and i believe that's why Mbeki was replaced. Zuma has been let down by certain leaders in the ANC who wants the same position he occupies. These leaders are not contributing anything even when they are consulted and are given a chance to give their inputs. Instead, they run to the media to dispute the dicision taken in their presence, wherein they had a chance to raise their issues but never did. By so doing, the ANC is seen as a divided party which Zuma is failing to unite, and that afford them an opportunity to say to the unsuspecting masses that they can do better than Zuma should they can be given a chance. That's why Mbeki sidelined some of them during his tenure, he knew what kind of traitors they were and would work against him to make him look like a bad leader. Zuma is not a dictator, not so long ago people were complaining that he is not a dicisive leader, not knowing that he was still consulting before taking a decision, surely a dictator will never consult anyone but will just order people to do what he wants them to do. That's my view.

Mar 19, 2012 2:44 | 0 replies

Zuma wont win this one out-right

Mar 19, 2012 2:19 | 0 replies

the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December could become "another Polokwane",
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From Polokwane to Mangaung and onwards this is what is gonna happen till death do us part. They'll elect their favorite in Mangaung and once they are enough with him, he'll be spitted like sekgotlhela and that will happen again to "their" next favorite and so on and so on. Talk about going in circles....

Mar 19, 2012 1:52 | 0 replies

WE WANT TO ELECT OUR OWN PPRESIDENT. GIVE US THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE TO ALLOW A PRESIDENT TO BE ELECTED BY POPULAR VOTE OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, NOT A BUNCH OF CORRUPT, LOOTING, CRIMINALS MASQUARADING AS CONCERNED POLITICIANS.

Mar 19, 2012 12:24 | 0 replies

This corrupt Zuma wants 2nd term in order that people he appointed as Chief Justice, Hawks boss, etc can save him from being prosecuted in the Arms Deal saga. No 2nd term shower man. You need to face the music o tlogele go ja marago.

Mar 19, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

"There's a difference between demanding respect and commanding respect and anybody who don't understand that is hopeless fool"_ immortal Technique............................Zuma is one of those fools who demand respect without earning it

Mar 19, 2012 12:13 | 0 replies

MommaC
Enough of this 'recalling' of presidents already. Geez, it makes us look like a bunch of fools who cannot make up our minds. The ANC gave us Zuma, they need to stick with that decision until the next general elections. It isn't doing our country any good to have caretaker presidents every 4 years. It all stinks of panic politics with no thought or reason behind it
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Well said MommaC, we just have to be patient and live with our choice.

Mar 19, 2012 12:9 | 0 replies

Zuma is loosing support from ANC members because of greediness to be president, mbeki was not such a bad president but he was recalled for being greedy and wanting to run for third term and now zuma is following on his footsteps. Its best to run a single term and let other leaders bring new ideas just like mandela did before people got bored of him and now he is leaving like a hero if mandela ran for second term he was not going to be praised by the majority at the end of his second term

Mar 19, 2012 12:7 | 0 replies

Clearly no-one up there has a grasp of irony.

Mar 19, 2012 12:6 | 0 replies