ANC must honour ballot: iLIVE
As the ANC leadership battle hots up, the party structures seem to be at odds over their preferred candidates. It is natural that people will have different choices, and they must be encouraged not to be afraid to voice their choices.
It is rather disturbing to hear that some ANC structures and provinces are looking at a negotiated leadership settlement to avoid a bruising battle in Mangaung ("ANC leadership deal on the cards", October 9).
It would be the death of democracy and the beginning of the end for the ANC if the leadership did not allow ordinary members to decide through a ballot who are their preferred leaders.
Leading the party should not be a compromised outcome. People must be voted in and out on merit, rather than on the basis of backroom mafia-style negotiations.
The ANC has reached a critical point in its history.
By the time the 2014 general elections come around, it will have been in power for 20 years, and it needs to show that its tenure has been deserved.
Its choices in December are as important as ever.