No one is assured of a second term - Phosa
ANC Treasurer Mathews Phosa upped the ante from the hype that surrounded Julius Malema's legal matter, and launched a scathing criticism that no one in the ANC must be re-assured they will serve a second term.
In what appeared to be a veiled attack on President Jacob Zuma, who is hoping to remain at the helm of the ruling party after the December congress in Mangaung in the Free State, Phosa said: "Not a single person is re-assured re-election. None of us must be promised a second term.
"Comrades must assess each leader on the basis of performance, comrades must assess the collective and branches will decide who the next leadership will be."
Phosa was speaking at a gala dinner in Limpopo to raise funds for the construction of "state-of-the-art" Peter Mokaba House in honour of the late ANC Youth League president.
Phosa said the ANC leadership should not wait for elections in 2014 to confront problems, but must rather communicate now and confess failures.
He turned and told Premier Cassel Mathale, who is also Limpopo ANC chairman, that "if we haven't delivered, give us our marching orders. If we have delivered, that still doesn't entitle us to re-elections".
"We must not wait for them (ANC supporters) to burn tyres and march against us. Let's not wait for them to complain ... we must confront the reality."
He also referred to the Marikana tragedy where over 40 people were killed during a wage dispute, saying this was a clear indication of leaders who are alienated from the electorate. He said the solution (to mining problems) was economic freedom - a slogan first punted by Malema.
Phosa said the solution to this "pain of ownership" was to give miners a stake in the ownership of the mines.
"We need to ensure that miners also have a stake in the mining activities. If they don't, we will have more Marikana in future ... ownership creates stability and gives us something to protect ... all our stomachs must be full."
Soon after mentioning an instance where he had to represent Malema in one of his internal matters with the ANC, Phosa went into a narrative about how ANC members must be allowed to hold different views. He also spoke about the importance of finding political solutions in internal matters.
"You can't hold someone prisoner, democracy is not about listening to me or you. If it becomes like that then we will become a nation of zombies. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing ..."