ANC leader wants all 1 million party members to vote for national leader

Eastern Cape ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane has proposed that the ANC must allow all its approximately 1million members to vote in the national conference.

Mabuyane was delivering the keynote address at the Solomon Mahlangu Memorial Lecture in east London today.

Oscar Mabuyane

According to him, for votes buying, factionalism and careerism to end within the governing party; all audited members should be allowed to vote for their prefered leaders.

And this was a view Mabuyane put forward for Eastern Cape to champion in the ANC national policy conference late this month in Johannesburg.

“I have a strong belief that to fight factionalism, careerism and manipulation of membership in the ANC – in the policy conference we (EC) must engage other provinces that all audited ANC members be allowed to go to the polling station to vote for who becomes a leader of the ANC,” said Mabuyane.

“That must be done the same way we do with general elections because when leadership is elected by all ANC members (in good standing) we will kill the kingmaker syndrome

“Even those who have loads of money will find it difficult to buy 1million members (of the ANC) and that form of voting will help in that no one will lead without having a constituency.”

Mabuyane took a veiled swipe at the ANCYL following its preferred list of “top 7” national party leaders, of which not a single calls EC “home”.

He said the party in the province needed to unite heading  to national conference to defeat such anti-EC groupings at once.

“Even those who are captured with good stuff must know that “i-ANC ayiyondawo yokunxilela” (ANC is no place for drunks),” charged Mabuyane.

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