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'ANC must follow tradition'



Bonolo Selebano, The New Age, Johannesburg, 21 September 2106


The knives have been drawn between partners in the ANC-led tripartite
alliance over who should lead the ruling party from next year. 


Speaking at the conclusion of COSATU's central executive committee meeting
in Johannesburg yesterday, COSATU general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali
launched a vitriolic attack on ANC structures for making rash announcements
regarding a preferred candidate to lead the ANC. 


"There are three organisations within the ANC that have really been reckless
in terms of these issues," he said. "It's the youth league, which for some
time has been in hibernation, defying the decision of the (ANC) NEC. The
woman's league did the same and (so did) the veterans league." 


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Ntshalintshali said the leagues that wanted the ANC to break its
long-standing tradition, which is for the deputy to automatically succeeded
the president once the latter's term of office has ended, was foolhardy. 


"We have to pardon them if they don't know the traditions of the ANC in the
new democracy," he said. "In the last 22 years, how has the ANC succession
debate been handled? The president now (Jacob Zuma), what was his position


This comes as COSATU has said it will delay publicly endorsing a preferred
candidate to take charge of the ANC. The labour federation said it would
allow its affiliates to engage their members on the matter ahead of the
party's elective congress next year. 


While COSATU unions have been batting for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
to succeed Zuma, the ANC leagues have been backing African Union Commission
chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. 


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Ntshalintshali, commenting on the ANC's practice in which a deputy succeeds
a president, said COSATU was in support of that principle being the
overarching guideline to the ANC's leadership election process next year. 


"The resolutions of COSATU's congress (12th national congress)... The ANC,
in the appointment of its future president, must follow its tradition and
historical practises," he said. 


Ntshalintshali also slammed slate politics that had come to characterise the
ANC's election processes. 


"This slate politics has seen the movement dismissing many people as rotten
or unfit on the grounds of one component that it didn't like about them or
for belonging to a wrong slate," he said. 


Making reference to the federation's decision to adopt a "cautious" approach
to the ANC's succession debate, COSATU president Sdumo Dlamini said the
federation would not be making an announcement pending further discussions
with its affiliates. 


"We are not pronouncing any name as COSATU. As things stand, we are not
doing that for now," he said. 

































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