Going nowhere slowly – Zuma’s cabinet closes ranks

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 27JAN10 - Jacob G. Zuma, President of South Africa, speaks at the Opening Media Lunch 'World Cup 2010 - before the kick-off' during the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2010 at the Central Sport Hotel. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Michael Wuertenberg
Jacob Zuma

Now we have it. Zuma‘s going nowhere, in spite of (minority) dissension in his own cabinet, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, told expectant journalists yesterday after the crunch three day NEC meeting. Pulling more escape tricks out of the bag than Houdini, including the metaphorical equivalent of tumbling over a waterfall in a barrel, Msholozi has come up for air and is, dare we say it swimming more confidently towards solid ground. The cow-hide shields are solidly set in a defensive wall around him, and the short stabbing spear is turned inwards as cabinet blood-letting seems inevitable. That the brave trio of ministers who spoke up in the NEC, voicing concern that the party would suffer almost terminal damage in the run up to the 2017 electoral conference and the national elections thereafter, might go, is tragic. A brief overview of their achievements in their respective fields has one wondering who can do as good a job. Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, for example; for all the National Health Insurance(NHI’s) multi-billion rand flaws, has done a decent, pragmatic, ‘back to basics’ job in overhauling the healthcare delivery system, with major long term potential benefits. Mantashe as much as told the nation; ‘we (the ANC’s highest decision making body, the electoral conference) will decide – nobody else”. We are, it seems, effectively a one-party state – only time will tell whether our Constitution and the Rule of Law can restore what is supposed to be a democracy. – Chris Bateman

By Tshidi Madia

Johannesburg – The ANC seems to be pinning its hopes to slow down electoral decline through a change of leadership when it hosts its electoral conference in 2017.

“Many of you don’t take into account in your analysis that there is an intervening activity, an event that is the national conference of the ANC in 2017 where there will be a new president who will be the face of the ANC in the 2019 campaign,” said the party’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday.

African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

He was responding to questions from journalists following a three-day national executive committee meeting the party held in Pretoria.

A motion of no confidence was proposed at the gathering, with some leaders in the party calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

This has been seen as the most gruelling test to his leadership from within the party since becoming its president in 2007.

But Zuma despite the numerous controversies including the Nkandla saga and allegations of improper conduct relating to close friends of his, the Guptas, he was still affirmed by the party at its last NEC sitting for the year.

The ANC SG said many had been critical of the party claiming it would struggle in the next general elections because it failed to get rid of its president sooner but said he did not base his conduct based on reports from the media.

“I conduct my surveys by going to areas, going to people, engage them, own up to our mistakes, explain our decisions that’s the only way I can engage people,” he said.

Mantashe also said for some the ANC would only seen to be listening to criticism if it took the action they had hoped for on its president.

Listening in your view is the expulsion of the president of the ANC, if it doesn’t do that then in 2019 people would walk away, he asked.

To further defend his position on the matter Mantashe said getting rid of the president would have gone against their own findings.

“If listening is taking a decision, even if our own analysis point to a direction that we take this decision, we will split this movement,” said Mantashe.

The ANC is not a tabula rasa that is just a blank state, said the SG. – News24

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/the-anc-will-have-a-new-face-come-2019-mantashe-20161130

(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)