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.

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.

Maine accuses Madonsela of being a DA ‘puppet’

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has accused Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being an alliance with the Democratic Alliance (DA).

This accusation follows after the State Capture report compiled by Madonsela implicated ANCYL President Collen Maine in have a link with the Gupta family.

The report revealed that Maine has been linked with the family and also claimed that the Gupta family has financed the leader’s home.

The youth league on Monday held a briefing to present their National Working Committee (NWC) statement.

ANCYL Leader Mlondi Mkhize said they are shocked that their leader and ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe are implicated in the report.

“It is our considered view that the two comrades are not even members of any state institution  but were called to account to the then Public Protector about state capture,” said Mkhize.

Maine then said this was Madonsela’s ploy to discredit the ANC and promote the DA

“It is becoming lucid that the report was a DA sanctioned mission with the intention of casting aspersions to the ANC leadership in government and in the organization,” said the Leader.

“It is our considered view that the then Public Protector did what she did with the intention of launching the DA campaign ahead of 2019 National and provincial government elections,” said Maine.

“This has been confirmed by the resignation of the CEO of the public protector office to take a post with the DA in Tshwane municipality,” he added.

Last week the public protector’s office confirmed on Wednesday that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Louisa Zondo, handed in her resignation.

The office said Zondo cited “personal matters” as a reason for her departure.

On the other hand the Maine urged current Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to take the State capture report on a judicial review, saying the report undermines the Public Protector office.

“We further call on her to take all the necessary steps in restoring the stature of the Public Protector’s Office, even if it means laying complaints or opening cases against the out gone Public Protector to the most appropriate authorities and/or platforms,” said Maine.

Maine called on Mkhwebane to be careful of the staff that previously worked with Madonela.

“We request that you relook into the individuals in your office,” said Maine.

“We want to wish the ”drama queen” well in her new DA endeavours, for now may she rest in peace,” he added.

ANCYL calls for the ANC NEC structure to be revised

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has called for ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) structure to be revised, following the poor election results.

ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said they believe that there is a need to reduce the size of the NEC to make it more efficient and effective and allow space for it to take decisions with speed and reduce the bossy behaviour.

“There is a need to change the design of the top 6 officials and allow for Two full time Deputy Secretary Generals. We strongly believe that we must have a DSG for Organisational Development and Organizing to deal with building of structures of the ANC and building organisational capacity,” said Nzuza.

Nzuza then called on the NEC of the party to go to an early uncontested conference in a bid to have a frank dialogue about the party’s fortunes and rediscover its glory again.

“The early conference must not be contested and there is a need to introduce Young leaders to the officials and the overall leadership contingent of the ANC,” said Nzuzo.

The ANCYL’s calls come after the ANC failed to gain majority in municipalities including Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and lost to the opposition the Democratic Alliance.

Nzuza then called on the Party to do an internal introspection and not cast doubt on each other but note that the “glorious movement” of our people is under blockade.

“This is not a time for populism but a time for the ANC to regenerate itself…This is a time to stand hand in hand and believe in each other because the enemy is united,” said the Secretary General.

He then reiterated and stood with the ANC that President Jacob Zuma will rule until the end of his term.

“There are those who are opportunistic and lack thinking capacity who say the bad performance on elections is because of President Zuma. We would like to categorically put it clear that attributing the poor performance to a single person is opportunistic and lacks honesty. President Zuma is the president of the ANC and will remain so till the next national conference of the ANC,” said Nzuza.

By Senzile Kubheka

ANCYL Calls on ANC to root out corruption

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has called on the ANC to root out corrupt individuals who are tainting the ANC and its integrity.

ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said now is the best time for the ANC to deal with the people who taint the image of the organisation; he added the individuals must be expelled from the organisation.

“There are people who taint the name of the organization busy drinking champagne and expensive whisky whilst they taint the name of our glorious movement. The ANC must now, more than ever, deal with the people,” said Nzuza.

“It is time that those who are corrupt must suffer the consequences. The ANC cannot be defined as corrupt because of people who are self serving and end up tainting the ANC and its integrity… those found guilty of corruption must be expelled from the organization,” He added.

Expressing the Youth League’s disappointment on the poor election results, Nzuza said the results are a sign of discontent the people feel for the ANC.

The ANC failed to gain majority in municipalities including Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and lost to the opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA).

“The ANC should take these results as a lesson that if we do not deliver or delay deliver this country will be led by counter revolutionary forces,”

“The results are also as a result of incapacity of the ANC to adapt and change our organisational design to respond to the needs of society in a speedily manner.” said Nzuza.

Nzuza then called on the ANC to re-engineer itself and change the manner in which the organisation handles situations

“This situation could have been avoided through the ANC delivering on its promised and resolved policy positions to make the lives of our people better like the issue of Economic Transformation that will foster Job Creation, Free Quality Higher Education for the poor, Scraping of E-Tolls and to invest in the future of young people,”

He then said the ANC should take these results as a lesson that if they do not deliver or delay deliver this country will be led by counter revolutionary forces. He then added they will overcome this and solder on to provide services for the poor South Africans.

By Senzile Kubheka

 

Mahlobo turns a blind eye to Maine’s “war” comments

Minister of State Security David Mahlobo has turned a blind eye to African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Collen Maine’s comments to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Maine said the EFF should be given “war”, following the brawl during the removal of EFF MPs by Parliament’s protection service on last Tuesday.

Maine said “If they want a fight, they must be given war”, and reiterated he meant this literally because the EFF were doing it literally.

This was not the first time Malema and Maine insinuate talks of war through the media.

Last month Malema made comments on a TV Al Jazeera, where he said they will use the “barrel of a gun” to remove the current government, if the upcoming local government elections are rigged.

Maine fired back and said they will call on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to give Malema the war he was calling for.

The ANC then opened a high treason charge against EFF leader, saying they will not take Malema’s comments lightly.

Mahlobo also slammed at Malema saying SA’s law enforcement agencies were pursuing criminal charges against him.

But since Maine’s recent comments on war, Mahlobo and his department have not taken any action to reprimand or condemn the leader, as he did with EFF leader.

On the other side ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has said the ANC “distances itself from Maine’s comments.

By Senzile Kubheka