'ANC wants working class NEC members'
THE ANC needs working class National Executive Committee members to steer it away from a "dangerous" direction, says President Jacob Zuma
"We need tried and tested cadres of the working class to be in the NEC of the ANC, thus allowing you to influence the direction government takes. I believe in my humble opinion that our revolution is somewhat in some crossroads and the danger is that it might take any direction and not the one that we want. The question that we must all ask ourselves is are we conscious about it?
"Revolution is made by people, changed by people and sold by people," he told delegates at the 9th National Union of Metalworkers of SA Congress in Durban.
Zuma said he believed that workers at some degree had taken their task within the ANC casually, thinking it will drive itself.
"The ANC as an organisation is composed of individuals. It's a broad church that takes everyone. It means in the ANC you have nationalists, communists, workers, religious people, traditionalists and even herbalists," said Zuma.
Zuma also likened the ANC to a bus full of passengers. "They are all in the bus but have different destinations. If you are in the bus and you are not driving, it can turn into another road ...
"Some people within this church want to accumulate a lot of money and create conditions to utilise the bus to their destination, others want to turn the bus into their own church. Workers have the duty to participate in politics, so that they can sway government into what they want it to be."
He called on workers to nominate their leaders for NEC positions.
According to Numsa's Secretariat Report, the ANC is in trouble as it has failed to produce leaders who want to "serve for no material gains", and this in a process has left the masses leaderless.
The report claimed the ANC was failing to produce "revolutionary cadres" because of the country's capitalist system which bred corruption. Numsa has tasked itself with the duty of reviving the ANC.