1st ANC Presidents

The African National Congress (ANC) is set to elect President Jacob Zuma’s successor in December during the party’s National Police and Elective Conference.

With Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini being touted as the possible candidates to succeed Zuma, below is the history of the first ANC presidents together with its wing, the ANC youth League and ANC Women’s League.

John Langalibalele Dube

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Dube was the founding President of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) which later was renamed as the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923.

He was born in 1871 on the 11th of February in KwaZulu-Natal. He was later taken to America by missionaries and became a student at Oberlin College, a private liberal arts college in the United States.

Dube was a South African essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist and poet. He died on the 11th of February in 1946 at the age of 75.

Anton Muziwakhe Lembede

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Lembede was a South African Activist and the founding President of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL).

He was born in 1914 on the 21st of January in KwaZulu-Natal. In 1933 Lembede became a student at Adams College and studied for a certificate as a “Native Higher Primary Teacher”, he then graduated in 1936.

Lembede then became a teacher and also pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree, where he majored in Philosophy and Roman law. He also enrolled at the University of South Africa (UNISA) for a Law Degree, which he completed in 1942 and registered for a Masters Degree in Philosophy in 1943.

He died on the 30th of July in 1947 at the age of 33.

Charlotte Maxeke

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Maxeke was the founding President of the Bantu Women’s League which later became part of the ANC and was renamed the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).

She was born in 1871 on the 7th of April in Limpopo. In 1894 she travelled to Canada and the United States with the African choir which toured the England. She was then offered a scholarship by the Wilberforce University in Ohio.

In 1901 Maxeke graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and became the First Black South African woman to receive a college degree.

She died on the 16th of October in 1939 at the age of 68.

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DA lashes out at Zuma for setting an Inter-Ministerial Committee to probe Melefe’s return

DA lashes out at Zuma for setting an Inter-Ministerial Committee to probe Melefe’s return

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for setting up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to “gather facts” about the return of Brian Molefe to Eskom.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone said Zuma has proven that he undermines the Parliament by setting up a Ministerial Task Team that consists of “all Ministers firmly behind Zuma, and many with their own reputations of being captured”.

“Zuma’s announcement that an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) will be established to investigate the very serious problems at Eskom, rather than Parliament, as the body mandated to oversee and ensure the smooth running of the entity, has flatly undermined Parliament,” said Mazzone.

“The President is clearly deathly scared of the evidence which will emerge from a full-scale and transparent Parliamentary Inquiry,” added Mazzone.

Zuma on Thursday decided to set up an inter-ministerial committee to “gather facts” about Brian Molefe’s return to Eskom.

Zuma on Thursday announced that he will set up an IMC to assist in gathering facts about the return of Molefe to the parastatal.

In a statement released by the presidency, Zuma said the presidency together with his cabinet is concerned by what is happening at Eskom.

“Cabinet is concerned about the recent developments at Eskom. Cabinet appreciates that the matter regarding the re-employment of Mr Brian Molefe as the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom is before courts and in Parliament, and shall therefore respect these processes,” said the Presidency.

The IMC set by the president is made up of: Ministers of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Finance, Malusi Gigaba, and Justice and Correctional services, Michael Masutha.

Two weeks ago, Molefe resigned as an ANC MP and returned to the power utility as CEO. He had resigned in November 2016 after he was named in the public protector’s State of Capture report.

Earlier on Thursday, Brown announced an inquiry into alleged corruption at Eskom. It would likely be conducted the Special Investigating Unit and overseen by a judge.

Briefing reporters before her budget debate, Brown said since South Africa first experienced rolling blackouts in 2007, there had been at least seven investigations into alleged maladministration and corruption at the utility. Several of these were commissioned by Eskom’s board and they culminated in the State of Capture report, which was released in November last year.

By Senzile Kubheka

Molefe’s swearing in is bad for SA- DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its disapproval of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s swearing-in as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP).

DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier, said Molefe’s swearing-in was a disgrace and is a major escalation in the civil war within the ANC and the battle for control of National Treasury, being driven by President Jacob Zuma

“We cannot be sure but it will presumably not be long before Brain Molefe is appointed to the finance committee to serve time before being appointed as the deputy-minister of finance with a view to controlling the R1.8 trillion managed by the Public Investment Corporation,” said Maynier.

Maynier also said they fear the predicament which will follow in South Africa if Molefe gets a position in the finance family.

This follows after speculations that ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was redeployed from the Finance Committee to make way for Molefe.

“The fact is that appointing Brian Molefe to any position in the ‘finance family’ presents a clear-and-present danger to the institutional independence of National Treasury and will be bad for South Africa,” he said.

“The Guptas will be delighted because, if the State of Capture report is anything to go by, and Brian Molefe is eventually appointed to a position in the ‘finance family’, they will finally have National Treasury, the Public Investment Corporation and South African Airways on ‘speed dial’,” Maynier added.

Molefe was on Thursday morning in the Speakers office, sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament

Molefe was said to be nominated by the ANC in North West, however it has been controversial as branch leaders in Hartbeespoort have questioned whether he is a member or not.

The official announcement is expected to be made when the National Assembly sits on Thursday afternoon.

ANC KZN wary conference will result in another splinter organisation

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has requested national delegates to ensure that the Party’s National Police and Elective Conference in December doesn’t result in a splinter organisation.

ANC KZN Chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the party has to forge unity as he recalled the birth of the Congress of the People(COPE) in 2007 and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF)  in 2012

 “There have been challenges of unity and cohesion of the movement which led to the formation of COPE and later the EFF, both of these organisations were formed and established by former ANC leaders and the ANC Youth League Leaders,” said Zikalala.

The Party on Sunday met with its branches and leaders in Durban, to prepare its members for the year end conference.

Zikalala then warned those who will be representing the party during the conference not to go there just to vote for their preferred candidate.

He also said the province will take a zero tolerance approach to members being used by individuals seeking to advance their careers.

“Those who will attend as delegates will need to pay serious attention to issues of the ANC as a liberation movement and the future of the people of South Africa than being narrow and focus on individual agendas,” said Zikalala.

 

UDM’s Kwankwa displays great leadership skills during SONA2017

United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa displayed exceptional leadership skills during the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

 
Kwankwa on Thursday made way to people’s hearts by standing up to the two speakers of the National Assembly and National Council of provinces (NCOP).

 
Kwankwa questioned the type of leadership which was displayed in Parliament saying their political differences shouldn’t affect the proceedings of the house.

 
He went on to question the manner in which Congress of the People (COPE)’s Willie Madisha was chased out of the chamber.

 
Madisha was chased out of the chamber for speaking without being recognised by the speaker.

“We need to be treated fairly here, you were extremely harsh on honourable Madisha, there are members of Parliament who stood up fifty times and he said something once or twice and was told to leave the house,” said Kwankwa.

Following this great display of leadership, Kwankwa stole the hearts of Parliament fans and became their crush, threatening to take Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s title of being the “People’s Bae”.

ANCYL accuses Gordhan and Ramaphosa of exploiting SAA

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) accused Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of plotting to collapse the South African Airways (SAA) and creating space for private business.

ANCYL Spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said Ramaphosa and Gordhan are directly influencing the airline to benefit companies they have interests in.

Mkhize also said when SAA was moved from the Public Enterprises Department to Treasury, Gordhan appointed a consultant which instructed the airline to take everything to Bidvest.

“The first he does, he tell SAA that it must take every other thing to a company called Bidvest, who is at Bidvest,?” questioned Mkhize.

“Amongst those that we know is at Bidvest is the deputy president of the ANC and that of our government, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa. But who else is there? It is the minister himself, Pravin Gordhan,” added Mkhize.

Mkhize then touched on the issue that the airline has resolved to close its lucrative, saying this call was made to benefit other airlines.

“You are told that SAA must close some of its routes and among those routes are the most lucrative routes which include the London route, and who must take over these routes? We are safely aware that it is Comair,” said Mkhize

“Who owns Comair? Who are the stakeholders at Comair? It is Bidvest and Comrade Pravin who owns nothing less than 20% of Comair,” added the Spokesperson.

ANCYL President Collen Maine said it should be known that they are not accusing Gordhan and Ramphosa of corruption.

“We’ve never said anybody is corrupt, but we are saying that people are conflicted, hence we are saying that SAA should go back to the Public Enterprises Department,” said Maine

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe reacted to the allegation said he won’t “get into the mud with people that use silly season to throw mud at each other”.

On the other hand, Ramaphosa’s office denied the allegations and said the Deputy President doesn’t have any share at Bidvests.

ANCYL slams COSATU for endorsing Ramaphosa for presidency

The African National Congress Youth League (ANC) criticised the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) for pronouncing their preferred candidate for presidency.

ANC Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said the alliance partner mustn’t interfere with the proceeding of the ANC. He also said the alliance is meant to function as a critical instrument in the advancement of the National Democratic Revolution not leadership preferences.

“The ANC has never interfered on how they elect their leadership and as such they must not attempt to interfere with the processes of the ANC,” said Nzuza.

“The alliance is a strategic collaboration born out of struggle to build a better life for our people and not leadership preferences,” he added.

During a media briefing held by the ANCYL in Pretoria, Nzuza condemned the pronouncement of of preferred candidates for presidency.

He also said name dropping should be done after June, as this will put unnecessary pressure on branches.

“The ANCYL has noted great excitement building up to the 2017 ANC 54th National Conference, with some senior leaders declaring their availability prior to even being nominated,”

“This kind of conduct is foreign to the movement; leaders are expected to confirm availability after they have been nominated by branches,” said Nzuza.

He then urged all party leaders to halt making pronouncements and lobbying behind an individual which has not been nominated by branches.

“The Youth League calls on comrades especially senior leaders, to desist from launching lobby groups to advance their nominations and publicly confirming their availability on the media having not even been nominated by a single branch,” said Nzuza.

“The power to nominate and elect leadership is fully rested with the branches who will form 90% of conference,” he added.

The Youth League was then questioned about its preferred candidate and they said they will be making their pronouncement after June.

Malema hits back at Zanu-pf over Mugabe

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has hit back at the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) for blasting the Party for urging President Mugabe to Step down.

EFF leader Julius Malema said even though Zanu-pf is insulting them for their call, they are reaffirming their call for Mugabe to leave office.

“The EFF reaffirms its position that President Mugabe’s occupancy of the position of president is not good for the radical African political program,” said Malema.

“He is the bastion of the reactionary phenomenon of “lead to the death” that has crippled the image and praxis of post-colonial Africa,” he added.

Malema on Monday addressed the media following the Party’s Plenum over the weekend,there he stated that Mugabe is no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities.

“Zimbabwe’s situation is bad. President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. He is no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities,” said Malema.

He then slammed members of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU PF for failing to remove Mugabe from office.

“We don’t hate the man. They can respond and insult us anyhow they want, but they are a group of cowards, those comrades in Zanu-PF to be scared to say to an old man like President Mugabe, please with due respect let go,” said Malema.

A Zimbabwean Member of Parliament blasted at Malema, saying he is “a little and irrelevant man” who is trying to gain support by insulting the Zimbabwean president, who has been in power since 1980.

“Not bothered at all by Julius Malema’s latest ranting. He is a little and irrelevant man who is trying desperately to gain political mileage in South Africa by insulting a great man in Zimbabwe. Won’t win!” Maziwisa said on Facebook

Malema on Tuesday answered to the post andand said: “Before the ZANU-PF and its youth wing respond to the EFF about the charge that they are cowards; they should ask themselves a simple question – what is revolutionary about being led by a person in old age; who sleeps all the time in meetings, can no longer even hold a pen or write half a page? Failure to respond to this question signifies not that they are afraid of others, but of President Mugabe”.

DA,EFF to fight ANC over ‘smear campaign’

Opposition Parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are planning to take a battle with the African National Congress (ANC) for allegedly planning a smear campaign against them.

This follows after a Public Relations Consultant Sihle Bolani revealed that the ANC hired her to be part of a so-called secret smear campaign against the opposition parties.

Bolani also said she is suing the ANC for R2.2 Million, as she spent three months as project manager for the ANC’s so-called “War Room”.

However ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa rubbished the claims saying the ANC does not need nor has engaged in any clandestine “black ops” to woo voters.

“The African National Congress (ANC) has noted and rejects, with the contempt they deserve, reports in the media that the organisation conducted or sought to conduct a “R50m..covert campaign targeting opposition parties” during the 2016 Local Government Election,” said Kodwa.

“We further reject any allegation that the organisation owes any monies to any companies purporting to run such clandestine campaign,” added Kodwa.

DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson James Selfe, said they have referred the matter to their legal counsel, he added they have requested them to consider the case towards both civil and criminal action.

“If true, these allegations show that the ANC is willing to manipulate and undermine ethical democratic conduct and action in order to ensure continued government rule. Such allegations can only be treated in the most serious light,” said Selfe.

EFF’s Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said they are also considering legal actions against the ANC, as they had during the elections removed a poster with their Leader Julius Malema, from one of the streets in Sandton.

“We never did anything about it in terms of IEC rules or lodging any complaints because we didn’t know who’d put it up and who was behind it … until this story emerged,” said Ndlozi

Zuma predict they will win 2019 elections because of “God”

President Jacob Zuma has adamantly said the African National Congress (ANC) will win what might be the highly contested 2019 elections because of God.

Zuma was addressing ANC supporters in Limpopo when he said the ANC will win the elections with a “great” margin as God was on their side.

“We will win the 2019 elections with a great margin. Because the ANC is on the side of god. And god is on the side of the ANC,” said Zuma.

This was the first time the President has associated the ANC with God’s favour, in 2008 Zuma declared that the ANC would rule “until Jesus comes back”.

In 2016 he again declared the same statement and said that folks need to make peace with the fact that the ANC will rule until the son of God returns.

“I hear people complaining when we say the ANC will rule fully until Jesus comes back but we have been blessed. Pastors have prayed for us,” he said.

During the celebration in Limpopo on Sunday, Zuma said there are people who enjoy criticising the ANC.

“No matter how badly some speak of the ANC they come from the ANC and left as they couldn’t carry the ANC forward,” said Zuma.

He then said it should however come as no surprise that the ANC had made some mistakes in the past, but assured people that they are working on rectifying their mistakes.