Month: January 2015

ANC has every reason to claim the Mandela legacy

Political contestation and the fight for territorial political space took a rather concerning turn when main political parties in South Africa had a tussle over the legacy and the name or to put it on relevant the brand Nelson Mandela. To many on the political sphere this was not surprising given how the political territory and success can be leveled against a certain individual.

The African National Congress (ANC) has always been associated with the name Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela for many decades, Mandela was born in 1918 just six year after the formation of the then South African Native National Council (SANNC), a political liberation movement which was later known as the African National Congress, where Mandela formed its youth wing called the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), together with the struggle icons like Walter Sisulu and others.

Worldwide people cannot speak about Mandela without associating him with the ANC, the ANC became the launch pad for Mandela’s political stardom and conviction, the ANC was inherently entrenched in his thinking and in shaping his ideology towards embracing the principles of the ANC that of non-racialism; non sexist and of a South African that is based on the political direction of the Freedom Charter drawn at the Congress of the People in Kliptown in the year 1955.

Mandela in his own words once said that the the day he leaves the world of the living he will in heaven look for the nearest branch of the ANC which he thus join without any hesitation, this to me marked a symbolization of how deep rooted the party politics of the ANC was cultured in him, indeed when he sadly left us last year in December, no one of us would have doubted that indeed he lived on his words in joining Govan Mbeki; Walter Sisulu; Oliver Tambo in strengthening the regiments of the ANC. in heaven.

Opposition parties mainly the Democratic Alliance were up in arms in claiming that the Mandela legacy belongs to all South Africans, and the ruling cannon necessarily and entirely claim his legacy, they further went to allege that was pinning their hopes in elections victory on the Mandela name and renowned reputation, as expected the ANC came out with guns blazing accusing the DA of political opportunism and cheap politicking based on chasing in on the brand and name which has nothing to do with colonial masters.

Hence my assertion and believe that to disassociate the ANC from Mandela will only serve to mean that the our history will now be re-written an attempt the DA and other parties will fail dismally. The ANC has every right to advocate Mandela’s principles; the ANC is better positioned to even defend the legacy Tata left; the ANC is right to dismiss all attempts by anti-revolutionists for them to lay claim un-deservingly to the Mandela legacy.

in this second transition under the leadership f President Jacob Zuma, the ANC government is ready to deliver the country into a radical socio-economic transformation environment which will redress the triple ills our country faces, that of inequality; unemployment and poverty. The five priorities of the ANC manifesto will make sure that the legacy of the former ANC president and stalwart Nelson Mandela lives ON.

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity*

The ANC must thrive for quality membership, rather than just an increased membership numbers

As the African National Congress (ANC) today go on about the main event in further marking the oldest liberation movement in Afrika turning 103 years, the president of the ANC Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver what is famously known in the ANC ranks as the January 8 statement.

The ANC throughout the week leading to this year’s birthday celebrations promised to fill the over 50 000 capacity stadium with tens of thousands of its members, painting the city yellow.

The ANC’s Constitution mentions very clear that ANC members joins the party voluntarily, the question is how do current members translate this in saying the oldest liberation movement in Africa has reached a point where members should now show their allegiance.

To join the ANC is voluntary and participation too is out of a said comrade’s initiative and interest. Then this translates to a thought that when people associate themselves with a certain party or any other organization initially there’s a question of which interest and keen benefit can a person derive from such involvement.

Indeed something must give, however when now a person becomes a member of a political party because of selfish and greedy interest then, there’s a serious problem where now deep down a said comrade’s heart will within conjecture a thinking that by hook or crook he must wholesomely benefit.

And when this expectation and ‘reward’ does not come forth, then people start to lose the initial interest and vigor that they had after joining a said political party.

Organizations are strengthened by its core structural human capability and force, hence members of political parties are encouraged to learn the party’s culture; tradition and fundamental policies, this when properly gone through and this collection of paramount documents are engraved in a cadre’s thought and conviction , then such a party can pride itself with having reached a matured political space where its strength will reside with informed and well articulative branches.

Without doubt members of a party form a formidable structure and fundamental truism which a party tap in at anytime when a need arise, this beckons a critical call for well established matured political parties to put more emphases on building their cadre block, this is where now party political education comes in with own high importance, meaning every member joining a party is compelled to go through this significant period which cannot be ignored.

Party politics should focus on unity and cohesiveness which will be the glue to members finding their rightful place within a party, a party has an incredible and enormous duty in installing and enabling this atmosphere to rein.

This thought brings a very significant factor into the fore, leadership elected into power are expected to make sure that organizational systems provides for members to engage fully with them together with having robust sometimes progressively radical engagements with each other.

Leadership thus have in them the ability to put views forward which will inculcate an environment which breeds respect and maximum tolerance to opposing views.

Lastly, checks and balances needs to be put in place in monitoring the effectiveness of programmes such as political education and any other forms of body politic development a party is dishing out to its members, the benefits of well articulative and informed cadreship are endless, members are the first line of defense, in them lies the core center-ship on whether a party will grow or a party will reach a cal-desac…

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity*

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