Nz­i­mande laments ‘smash and grabs’

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The SA Com­mu­nist Party (SACP) has urged the ANC to ur­gently de­velop a clear pol­icy on suc­ces­sion to avoid di­vi­sive fights each time a new lead­er­ship has to be elected.

City Press un­der­stands that the SACP was to pro­pose that the con­sti­tu­tion of the ANC be changed to as­sure cer­tainty in spe­cific terms about who among those in the top six lead­er­ship po­si­tions must take over as the new pres­i­dent.

SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande said it was un­ac­cept­able that a 105-year-old lib­er­a­tion move­ment did not have a clear pol­icy on lead­er­ship.

There has been mum­bling within the broader al­liance on lob­by­ing for a can­di­date who did not serve in the top struc­ture of the ANC – no­tably Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Dlamini-Zuma’s name has emerged along­side that of Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa has been en­dorsed by Cosatu, an­other ANC ally, while Dlamini-Zuma’s name was touted by a group­ing as­so­ci­ated with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, known as the Pre­mier League.

Speak­ing af­ter a two-day aug­mented cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing, Nz­i­mande ad­vised that the ANC give key con­sid­er­a­tion to a leader who was ef­fec­tive and not fac­tional, a cri­terium that must also ap­ply to those he/she leads with as a col­lec­tive.

“A key con­sid­er­a­tion would be the ca­pac­ity of a leader and a lead­er­ship col­lec­tive to avoid be­ing fac­tion­al­ist, and to unite the ANC, the al­liance and the his­tor­i­cal sup­port base of our lib­er­a­tion strug­gle,” Nz­i­mande told jour­nal­ists on Fri­day.

Last week Nz­i­mande turned up the heat as he be­rated al­leged fac­tional lead­ers in the tri­par­tite al­liance, say­ing they did not de­serve to be in their po­si­tions, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent of the ANC, whom he did not men­tion by name.

City Press has heard that there were at­tempts to force the SACP to re­solve on the is­sue of an em­bat­tled Zuma step­ping down.

How­ever, this was sidestepped on the ba­sis that the is­sue was not tabled for dis­cus­sion but raised at the eleventh hour.

Mean­while, Nz­i­mande was scathing on Zuma and those close to him when he de­liv­ered his political re­port at the meet­ing.

The cur­rent Zuma ad­min­is­tra­tion, the re­port reads, “has been marked by ever more ag­gres­sive and reck­less in­ter­ven­tions by the Gupta-cap­tured net­work, which of­ten con­ducts it­self as a shad­owy, par­al­lel state out­side of Cabi­net, and [which] is above an­swer­abil­ity to Par­lia­ment or the ANC”.

“Part of this reck­less­ness is at­trib­ut­able to a sense that things are not as­sured for those whom the net is clos­ing in on, as the scan­dals pile up.”

The com­ment is seen to al­lude to Zuma, whose term has been clouded by many con­tro­ver­sies in­clud­ing the spy tapes scandal, Nkandla and re­cently the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s State of Cap­ture re­port.

In his re­port, Nz­i­mande fur­ther laments “smash and grab” prac­tices, where some see per­sonal grat­i­fi­ca­tion “as a nat­u­ral right, while preach­ing a gospel of pa­tience and de­pen­dence to their ‘flock’.

“Church lead­ers are ad­vised to ‘pray for us’ rather than be in­volved in pol­i­tics,” he said in the re­port, in a veiled ref­er­ence to Zuma, who ear­lier this month told spir­i­tual lead­ers that the church must stop med­dling in pol­i­tics.

Blade Nz­i­mande

Cyril Ramaphosa

Ja­cob Zuma

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