WE want zuma for 2nd term

THE ANC in Gauteng says one term in office is not sufficient for President Jacob Zuma to deliver on his promises.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi recently came out to say the labour federation wanted Zuma to have a second term as president.

Cosatu wants Zuma to be re-elected ANC president in 2012 and the country's president in 2014.

Yesterday ANC Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura suggested a single five-year term would not be enough for the Zuma government to deliver on its promises. He said they should be given "sufficient" time in office.

But Makhura called on ANC members in the province not to engage in the national leadership succession.

"Any preoccupation with leadership discussions for conferences that are still far away will consequently derail the organisation and undermine the government's ability to carry out the overwhelming mandate given by the electorate in the April 2009 elections."

Last week Zuma warned ANC members at the party's Eastern Cape conference against engaging in the succession debate at present.

"People must stop talking about 2012. Can you imagine when is 2012 from now? You can do that only when you have an agenda."

Yesterday Makhura admitted that the ANC could not stop its members from discussing the future of the party's provincial leadership - but insisted the debate would not divide the party.

Many ANC members are engaging in a succession debate over the formation of the ANC provincial executive committee during next year's elective conference.

So far the informal debate has identified ANC provincial chairman Paul Mashatile, ANC Women's League president Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane as leading various factions battling for control of the country's richest province.

"There is a conference next year and leadership may be contested at that conference but we are confident it will not lead to divisions that paralyse this province. The grass-roots members will rise to the occasion to ensure there is unity," Makhura told the media yesterday.