Look at how the 1st ANC National Conference in 1991 shaped out

The African National Congress (ANC) is set to elect President Jacob Zuma’s successor in December during the party’s 54th National Conference.

With the race for presidency of the ANC shaping up to be a tight two-horse race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, we take a look at how the first ANC National Conference in 1991 shaped out.

In July 1991, the ANC held its first National Conference within the borders of South Africa.  The Conference was held just over a year after the ANC got unbanned. The organization had been operating in exile and underground for 30 years, from 1959-1990.

The conference which was held in Durban from 2nd -6th  July, was attended by almost 3000 delegates and some 500 international guests, and debated a number of issues facing the country and the organisation’s role in determining its future; during the conference the following the chosen to be the top office bearers.

President: Nelson Mandela,

Deputy President: Walter Sisulu,

National Chairperson: Oliver Tambo,

Secretary General: Cyril Ramaphosa,

Deputy Secretary General: Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma are currently in a tight race for presidency, while other presidential contenders, including Mathews Phosa, Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu, Baleka Mbete and Zweli Mkhize, are all competing for a distant third.

In a rally which was held in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo, Ramaphosa upped his pace and announced the ideal candidates for his “winning” team. He chose:

Deputy President: Naledi Pandor,

Secretary General: Senzo Mchunu,

National Chairperson: Gwede Mantashe,

Treasurer General: Paul Mashatile.

Dlamini is yet to announce her ideal candidates; however the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has made suggestions of who they want to be part of the top six when Dlamini-Zuma is the ANC president. They chose:

Deputy President: Didi Mabuza,

Secretary General: Ace Magashule,

National Chairperson: Nathi Mthethwa,

Treasurer General: Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.

At the moment the two provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo are contrasting fortunes for Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma, however it is still unclear of who will win the ANC presidency.

The winner will be known after the Conference which will be held in Gauteng from 16th-20th December 2017.

 

 

 

 

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ANCYL disappointed over Ramaphosa’s use of “divisive remarks”

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL has slammed ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for using “divisive remarks – “winning team”, during his pronouncement of who he prefers to be top office bearers.

ANCYL National Spokesperson, Njabulo Nzuza said they were disappointed by Ramaphosa’s move, as it will divide the organisation further.

“It is not recorded anywhere in the history books of the ANC that the Presidential hopeful took a podium and pronounced names of his preferred candidates to lead with him/her and titled that a “ winning” team,” said Nzuza

“Cde Ramaphosa is the first and hopefully he is the last to utter such divisive statements. The ANCYL [request] advises Cde Ramaphosa to desist from using such divisive language of “winning” teams in the ANC. The people that he mentioned as his “winning” team must also distance[d] themselves from such a divisive title. In the ANC there are no winning teams. The ANC is a unitary organization and the winner remains the ANC,” added Nzuza.

On Sunday, during a rally which was held in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo, Ramaphosa announced the ideal candidates for his “winning” team.

The Spokesperson condemned Ramaphosa’s pronouncement by saying it demonstrated his ‘desperation’ to lead.

“By pronouncing his so-called “winning” team, the Presidential hopeful Cde Ramaphosa demonstrated his hunger to lead at all costs even if his utterances can cause the disunity of the organization. Cde Ramaphosa has stooped so low by purporting that there is a winning team in the ANC and thus suggesting that there is also a losing team,” said Nzuza.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, the League released a statement where they also pronounced who their ideal candidates of top office bearers are. They ANCYL chose Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as President, Didi Mabuza as Deputy President, Ace Magashule as Secretary General, Nathi Mthethwa as National Chairperson, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane as Treasure General and Jesse Duarte to remain as deputy secretary-general.

 

“#BlackMonday was a mockery of the national reconciliation project”-ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the so-called #BlackMonday campaign, saying the campaign serves as indication that farmers are yearning for apartheid fascism and white supremacy.

ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the myopic call for the protection of farmers, referring in particular to white farm owners, points to an ill-conceived sense of special entitlement.

“The racial characterization of crime and the stoking of racial hatred by some elements in the campaign through, amongst others, the arrogant and offensive display of apartheid South Africa’s flag, are indicative of an unrelenting yearning for apartheid fascism and white supremacy and make a mockery of the national reconciliation project…,” said Kodwa.

On Monday thousands gathered across the country on Monday in a protest dubbed #blackmonday to raise awareness of the dangers facing those on farms, with survivors speaking out about their heartache and losses. Some were photographed wearing T-shirts bearing the old South African flag.

Kodwa slammed those who were wearing T-shirts bearing the old South African flag and said they are undermining the deaths of black farm workers and other persons on farms.

He then condemned the manner in which white farmers are brutally killing black people and using statements such as that they were “mistaken for baboons”.

“The ANC calls on the farming community to appreciate the importance of all lives, not just white lives. It was during the apartheid era, which some today clearly still long for, where government sought to protect only the privileged white minority at the expense of the suffering black majority,” said Kodwa.

“The ANC invites the proponents of #BlackMonday to join, rather than alienate, the majority of South Africans in the fight against all forms of crime against all people in our country,” added Kodwa.

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.

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.