Ramaphosa hails suc­cess­ful Lim­popo con­fer­ence but warns against win­ner takes all

African Times - - Politics - MASHUDU SADIKE

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa says the 9TH ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence that re-elected Premier Stan Matha­batha as provincial chair­per­son was the ve­hi­cle for their 2019 gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign.

How­ever, he warns against a win­ner takes all ap­proach to lead­er­ship po­si­tions, say­ing it un­der­mines unity and robs the party of good lead­ers.

In his clos­ing ad­dress to the con­fer­ence held at a ho­tel out­side Polok­wane at the week­end, Ramaphosa warned del­e­gates that go­ing to the most com­pet­i­tive elec­tions since 1994 as a di­vided house, was a recipe for dis­as­ter.

“I am pleased that this con­fer­ence was so suc­cess­ful be­cause out of this con­fer­ence you are go­ing to elect a team that is go­ing to lead the process to elect the ANC into the next Par­lia­ment and into the next leg­is­la­ture,” said Rama­posa to the del­e­gates at the close of the con­fer­ence.

He con­ceded the last elec­tions were not the best for the ANC in the prov­ince.

“Re­mem­ber that Lim­popo al­ways per­forms at a high level so all of us have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead the elec­tive process so that we win and win de­ci­sively in the next elec­tion be­cause this is go­ing to be the most-hard fought elec­tions.

“We need to put to­gether all those struc­tures that will lead us to the elec­tions. The lead­ers that you are go­ing to elect are the en­gine and that en­gine of the elec­tions must be well cho­sen. We need to put to­gether an elec­tion ma­chin­ery,” he re­it­er­ated.

Ramaphosa also em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of uni­fy­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter a dis­grun­tled group of ANC mem­bers tried but failed to in­ter­dict the con­fer­ence at the High Court in Johannesburg cit­ing the flout­ing of party pro­cesses and il­le­git­i­mate struc­tures.

“We need dif­fer­ent tones and dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. We have to ad­vo­cate for unity be­cause it’s rooted in the prin­ci­ples of our or­gan­i­sa­tion but fo­cus on im­prov­ing the lives of our peo­ple. This win­ner takes all type of ap­proach to lead­er­ship of var­i­ous struc­tures in our move­ment is a recipe for dis­as­ter’” he said to loud cheers of the del­e­gates.

Apart from Matha­batha, Trea­surer Danny Msiza was the only leader from the pre­vi­ous top five who was re­tained by the branches. For­mer deputy chair­per­son Jerry Ndou was re­placed by Vhembe Dis­trict Mayor Florence Radzi­lani; Soviet Lek­ganyane re­placed Nocks Se­abi as Provincial Sec­re­tary while Mopani ANC re­gional sec­re­tary Basikopo Makamu took over from Makoma Makhu­ru­petje as deputy sec­re­tary.

The thorny is­sue of ANC mem­bers tak­ing their own or­gan­i­sa­tion to court took cen­tre stage at the con­fer­ence, with party Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ace Mashashule ac­cus­ing them of us­ing the ju­di­ciary to fur­ther fac­tional bat­tles and self­in­ter­est.

De­liv­er­ing his key note ad­dress on the open­ing day of the con­fer­ence on Satur­day morn­ing, un­der the shadow of a court case in the Johannesburg High court, Ma­gashule blasted those who slapped the or­gan­i­sa­tion with court pa­pers and sought to put the brakes on the con­fer­ence.

“It is now be­com­ing fash­ion­able for peo­ple to take the ANC to court. When you are 1 500 del­e­gates in a con­fer­ence and you have one or four want­ing to take the ANC to court. What does that mean?” asked Ma­gashule to loud ap­plause from the 2000 del­e­gates.

He fur­ther ques­tioned if those kinds of mem­bers were still part of the ANC or which agenda they were us­ing to re­verse the gains of the revo­lu­tion the ANC had made.

“Who is fund­ing them? Or who is mis-fund­ing them when peo­ple who are un­em­ployed and have no money, who don’t even have R100 in their bank ac­count. Who is fund­ing them? Peo­ple must be pa­tient for lead­er­ship po­si­tions as their time will come,” ex­claimed Ma­gashule.

He sec­re­tary gen­eral said that the ANC was a very im­por­tant or­gan­i­sa­tion that peo­ple should re­spect.

“Com­rades we must strive to win even that vote of a per­son you hate with a pas­sion if we are to sur­vive,” he said

SAT­IS­FIED: Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa

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