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ANC chairman backs Kgalema

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa Political Reporter | 2012-09-11 06:56:00.0 | COMMENTS [ 205 ]

A SENIOR Gauteng ANC leader has cautioned the ANC Youth League against insulting the party's leaders, implying that this may alienate leaders sympathetic to its cause to have President Jacob Zuma unseated in Mangaung later this year.

Provincial chairman Paul Mashatile was speaking at the ANCYL's 68th birthday rally at the Thembelihle informal settlement, south of Johannesburg.

He said the league needed to remain disciplined in order to successfully carry out its objectives.

"The fact that we want to renew the organisation does not mean that we must insult our leaders.

"We must have discipline.

"Discipline will help us a lot when we get to Mangaung," Mashatile said.

Mashatile once again called for a renewed party leadership.

Yesterday's proceedings resembled somewhat of a coming-out party as the youth league and the provincial ANC abandoned backroom lobbying in their push for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to unseat Zuma in Mangaung in December.

Senior leaders from both organisations openly pledged support for Motlanthe, even though the deadline for the opening of nominations is almost a month away.

On stage, the youth league's leaders, led by Greater Johannesburg regional secretary Percy Ntsobi and recently reinstated provincial secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi, sang songs in praise of Motlanthe.

However, some leaders - like Young Communist League (YCL) secretary Buti Manamela and provincial youth league deputy chairman Simon Molefe - seemed uncomfortable with the pro-Motlanthe songs.

They avoided Motlanthe's name as their counterparts sang Ha'yo mathata, Kgalema ha le teng (there are no worries when Kgalema is here)."

The league's deputy president Ronald Lamola used his address to lament the ages of ANC leaders, citing international examples as the way to go.

He said leaders like US president Barack Obama ascended to the United States presidency while in his 40s, while South African leaders seemed to continually buck the trend.

Lamola also urged the league not to be shy about its preference for Motlanthe.

"We say, without fear, to comrade Kgalema that the youth wants you," he said.

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do other countries and continent so open with there affaires lyk SA?if you still remember ZUMA said we are the only country in the world with the transperant information meaning our country affairs are de in de open we hide nothing to noone..

based on your info you gave how many kids around africa are in the rebels training to be killer machines at the age of 10/13 etc?how many fights are on progress in africa?how many schools are build?teahers etc and compare that number with the number we have in SA the amount of money spent is it the sAME AS US? before you do that are those countries still oppressing its ppl or are they fair as SA?do they allow or promote democracy like us?

2012-09-11 11:27:10.0 | 0 replies

T.C.T - Sure dude.

Our education system is ranked lower than poorer countries in Africa and the world. South Africa ranked 133 out of 142 countries for "quality of the educational system" in the 2011-2012 World Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum"

This is where the report is from (World economic forum):

M&G makes mention of it:

2012-09-11 11:00:29.0 | 0 replies


After the dogs breakfast that Cope made of their chance, getting a new party in with a chance will be difficult. The voting public showed that they do want a viable alternative but they need something more than a bunch of egos to vote for.

2012-09-11 10:56:17.0 | 0 replies


ok can you give me example? use any country or continant thats fine! cause thes something i wanna share wth you after your example my brother

2012-09-11 10:54:49.0 | 0 replies

Let just say, discussions are ongoing and all will be revealed and I am serious.

2012-09-11 10:53:26.0 | 0 replies

Makhosini0408 - Yeah, a new party would be ideal but...

Where is it?

2012-09-11 10:50:22.0 | 0 replies

One party, so man factions. How sad? Sometimes, we are getting ahead ourselves when commenting here. Let it be said, that, it will take us centuries before we see a 50/50 power race between the DA and the ANC.

The masses are in need of a new Party with no polotical sorry political baggage or crosstituets, period.

2012-09-11 10:46:27.0 | 0 replies

Pure greeeeeed imaturerity.

2012-09-11 10:43:58.0 | 0 replies


I'm not sure that the ANC version is the 'black man's history' as it is nothing even close to what I (and our country) lived through. I'm also not sure that an entire party should be judged on one random commentator on a news site.

2012-09-11 10:39:45.0 | 0 replies

T.C.T - The education stats are being calculated based on performance, based on reading and writing abilities, and based on the amount of money pumped into the system.

2012-09-11 10:38:36.0 | 0 replies


you are missing the point,today we have that right to qtion and say our dissatisfaction to the president and state...yes i do agree our perfomance is not the most desired one at the moment however we still have hope and we will continue staying strong without fear .im stugling to understand how this stats are being concluded .do you have any idea how this surveys are conducted?

2012-09-11 10:34:13.0 | 0 replies