Call for leadership change not about individuals – ANCYL
The call for change in the ANC leadership has nothing to do with individuals, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Gauteng has said.
“When we look at leadership, we don’t look at how people dress, or how they look or how they sing and dance,” provincial chair Lebogang Maile told reporters in Joburg.
“We look at what ANC stands for, what are the characteristics of the ANC and who among ourselves is best suited to take the lead.”
Maile said that after analysing the current “material conditions”, the league came to the conclusion that the party needed a leadership of a certain calibre.
“We need a leadership that is energetic, that is going to bring new ideas, a leadership that is decisive, a leadership that has a grasp on issues, a leadership that will help us change the status quo.”
The league in Gauteng nominated Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take the ANC’s top job in Mangaung next month.
Maile said there was overwhelming support for Motlanthe in the province.
The league in the province nominated Mathews Phosa as deputy president, Fikile Mbalula for secretary-general, deputy secretary-general Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, national chairperson Thandi Modise and treasurer general Paul Mashatile.
Maile said the ANC had to be concerned about what society thought about it.
“It [the ANC] is leading the whole society. That’s what we look at … we need a type of leadership that will win us elections in 2014 and beyond.”
Maile said it was concerning that labour union federation Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini had called for Motlanthe not to challenge President Jacob Zuma for the post of ANC leader.
Dlamini was showing “factional interests” by trying to intimidate Motlanthe, Maile said.
“There are internal organisational democratic processes in the ANC and we will not allow our alliance partners to dictate who we should elect.”
The ANC is holding its elective conference in Mangaung next month.
Zuma is expected to stand for a second term as leader.
However, some structures within the party have called for a change of leadership.
The youth league in the province bemoaned reports that Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) members in Ekurhuleni were threatening ANC branches to support Zuma.
“We call on the ANC to investigate a possible existence of a vigilante group, calling itself MKMVA … which goes from one branch to another terrorising ANC members who are supporting comrade Kgalema.”