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East Cape ANCYL favours Motlanthe as president

By Hlengiwe Nhlabathi Political Reporter | 2012-10-02 13:28:51.0 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

THE ANC Youth League in Eastern Cape yesterday became the first structure to publicly snub President Jacob Zuma and nominate his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe - who it believes has a "high moral authority" for the party's top position.

The league's secretary Mziwonke Ndabeni said a decision to endorse Motlanthe ahead of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December was taken after its provincial executive committee observed a number of "leadership deficiencies" in the party and in government.

"We agreed on a principle of change ... and resolved to campaign for a leadership which has a high moral authority and an advanced theoretical and ideological clarity.

"Our moral and political standing in society is crumbling under the current leadership. Our people are left leaderless," he said.

Ndabeni was quick to add that the decision not to support Zuma was "not driven by personal hatred but was driven by an urgent need to fill the void in the leadership that we currently experience in South Africa".

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who the league wants replaced by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, officially gave members the go-ahead to pronounce names of their preferred candidates.

The league also endorsed Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale as deputy president, North West premier Thandi Modise as chairwoman, Eastern Cape MEC for economic development Mcebisi Jonas as deputy secretary-general and incumbent treasurer Mathews Phosa to retain his position. This list is in contrast with the ANC provincial leaders' stance to stand by Zuma.

The league has been gunning for Zuma's removal, with Ndabeni going as far as highlighting a dwindling presence and influence in international affairs as one of the reasons it wants a change in leadership.

One of Zuma's critics, suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema, has suggested that Zuma has abandoned the African agenda - which Thabo Mbeki gained worldwide respect through championing for it.

The youth leaders charged that the leadership that emerged in Polokwane was "plunging our organisation into a state of paralysis and entrenching tribalism and fracturing society into toxic tribal lines".

The league also wants Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti - who lost his position as chairman in the Sarah Baartman region - to be in the ruling party's national executive committee (NEC).

After a marathon NEC meeting that overlapped for an extra six hours as officials fought about numbers, Mantashe revealed a rather dwindling membership in Eastern Cape and a sharp increase of ANC members in Zuma's home province and stronghold ofKwaZulu-Natal.

The final number of delegates per province to make up the 4500 delegates in Mangaung will be announced today.


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not only the eastern cape.....all provinces except for uShaka natal are in favour of Motlanthe.Nne im not a Motlanthe fan but as long as that thing is removed from the Union buliding im fine.

2012-10-02 13:40:56.0 | 0 replies

HA HA HA HA HA HA. The ANCYL as arbiters of morality!!! Oh my God. One just has to love the heights of absurdity these fools reach. Quite honestly, at this stage, who cares what the ANCYL thinks about anything. I'm not for either one of the candidates mentioned here. I am simply very amused by the amazing arrogance of the Youth League.

2012-10-02 14:19:42.0 | 0 replies

I welcome the gesture comrade, It is time for change,JZ has expired as a leader,ABZ comrades

2012-10-02 14:25:38.0 | 0 replies

please give us your preferred candidate not just criticize without giving alternatives.who knows,you might prefer virvoerd and hellen zille and terrebalnche.

2012-10-02 15:26:16.0 | 0 replies

jigsaw _ No I can't. Besides, it is not up to me. I am aligned to no individual or party and absolutely no-one in the current landscape inspires my respect or confidence. The party is in complete disarray with no direction, crooked leadership and factional splits. Why should I bother to be nice. And now don't go and assume that because I don't shupport weaklings and thieves that I will automaticall prefer the opposite. That is really poor logic. I would have preferred someone with some vague idea of fairness, preferably with no taint of corruption, and just a spot of liberation thinking, rather than this denialist party-line approach.

2012-10-03 07:08:19.0 | 0 replies

not only the eastern cape.....all provinces except for uShaka natal are in favour of Motlanthe.Nne im not a Motlanthe fan but as long as that thing is removed from the Union buliding im fine.


kwakwaaaaa as long as that thing is removed from the union buildingim fime.. kwaaaaa yoh you killed me.
we have to remove it, it is not good for the society especially to our kids and woman

2012-10-03 07:55:19.0 | 0 replies

Anyone but Zuma is welcomed. Whilst i would prefer a different political party to take the reigns from the ruling party for obvious reasons; i am not convinced though that there is a party in our country that can defeat the ruling party just by share numbers of the people who are blind to the ruling party's faults!!! Therefore I support the Eastern Cape and i hope that all other branches of the ruling party will follow the same approach.

2012-10-03 08:00:50.0 | 0 replies

YOU HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE DESIRED LEADERSHIP QUALITIES your preferred candidate should have but looking at the current political landscape such people are very rear and the ruling party is infiltrated by thugs amongst many other things.i thought you had someone in particular maybe that would enlighten the rest of us and maybe and just maybe you would ignite some sense of hope because the current leadership has done a good job in extorting last sense of hope we had in the country.

2012-10-03 09:35:48.0 | 0 replies