Nqakula slams ANC lead­ers

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - No­maz­ima Nkosi nkosino@ti­soblack­star.co.za

ANC stal­wart Charles Nqakula has lam­basted the party’s top six for fail­ing to deal de­ci­sively with the chaos at the Eastern Cape pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence last month.

Nqakula was speak­ing at the launch of his book, The Peo­ple’s War – Re­flec­tions of an ANC Cadre, at the PE Opera House on Thurs­day.

“Even what we de­fine as the top six is not a top six, be­cause when talk­ing about them you need to de­fine them as peo­ple who work to­gether and these peo­ple do not,” he said.

“They don’t trust one an­other, one will make a state­ment to­day and the other will stand up and con­tra­dict it.

“The is­sue of the East Lon­don con­fer­ence would have been solved ages ago if we had lead­er­ship, but we don’t be­cause again lead­ers are sup­ported by dif­fer­ent groups.”

He said strate­gic think­ing and put­ting the­ory into prac­tice within the ANC had long gone. “We have lead­ers who do not want to chas­tise us be­cause they de­pend on us for them to be re­tained in their lead­er­ship po­si­tions,” he said.

His book launch was poorly at­tended as most ANC mem­bers had at­tended the me­mo­rial ser­vice of Thembi Mbiyabo at the Cen­te­nary Hall.

Nqakula, an ANC MP, said Port El­iz­a­beth was the home of many leg­ends who had in­flu­enced the strug­gle and headed de­vel­op­ment.

“I speak in a city named af­ter Nel­son Man­dela, but it is no longer in our hands.”

Nqakula said the party no longer had the likes of for­mer ANC pres­i­dent Oliver Tambo in its ranks.

Dis­miss­ing the no­tion he might be cam­paign­ing for po­si­tions within the party, Nqakula said: “I have served. I don’t want peo­ple’s votes.

“What I need is for us to save the ANC from what I’m defin­ing.”

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa could not be reached for com­ment.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: BRIAN WITBOOI

LAUNCH­ING BOOK: Charles Nqakula speaks at the launch of his book ‘The Peo­ple's War’ at the Opera House in Port El­iz­a­beth

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