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Sun Dec 21 00:15:07 SAST 2014

Factionalism the major threat: iLive

Mzukisi Gaba, Cape Town | 05 December, 2012 21:57
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe,with Chairperson of the Foreign Correspondents' Association (FCA) ;Kim Norgaard during a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents' Association of South Africa held in Pretoria 30/11/2012.
Image by: Sbu Magwaza

THE type of leadership needed in South Africa, according to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, is one with the ability " to tap into the available talent and create conditions for such talent to thrive" ("Motlanthe: if ANC's house crumbles, voters will move", December 4).

It is not clear whether he has at all material times believed in this type of leadership. Motlanthe is part of a leadership collective that invented recall in the ANC.

Evidently the recall of former president Thabo Mbeki was the epitome of partisanship underpinned by factional interests.

Yes, the ANC delegates in Mangaung should listen to Motlanthe because unity in diversity is in the national interest and supersedes party interests. Indeed, the ANC should listen to all voices of reason and be able to discern what is in the long-term interests of the ANC.

At this hour of destiny the question boggling the minds of revolutionaries is: what will it profit any ANC faction to win in Mangaung and lose popular support in general elections?


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