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Paul Trewhela
05 July 2012

Paul Trewhela on the significance of recent attacks on ANCVL President Sandi Sejake

There is a significant break in the political spectrum in South Africa - a determined, broadly-based grouping has emerged within the African National Congress in conflict with institutionalised corruption, which is perceived to have captured the organisation from the top down. Of the current fractures within black political life in the country, this conflict is potentially by far the most important.

It was given sharp expression this week by retired General Sandi Sejake, the president of the ANC Veterans League, in a statement directly attacking the ANC's culture of corruption. Former General Sejake was a member of the Luthuli Detachment of Umkhonto we Sizwe in exile, which organised members of the 1960s generation, who include President Jacob Zuma.

"I am not part of those who are corrupt," he said this week. "There should be a lifestyle audit to distinguish the corrupt members from those of us who are genuine members who love the ANC. We will not live with this corrupt label because of some individuals who are perpetrating anti-ANC behaviour."

In an article by Sue Segar in the Pretoria News on 4 July, in which this was reported, President Zuma was stated to have "made a veiled attack on Sejake" during the ANC policy conference at Mid Rand last week.

In the same spirit, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday that members of the executive of the Veterans League (however not including Sejake) had met with Luthuli House officials and had "expressed their disappointment" at Sejake's pronouncements. Sejake stated later that as president of the Veterans League, he had not been provided with advance knowledge of any such meeting.

Gwede Mantashe's statement accompanied an implied threat to Sejake's position in the Veterans' League from the ANC's head of policy, Jeff Radebe (Minister of Justice, trained in International Law at Karl Marx University in the former German Democratic Republic), who said the League was meant to be "beyond reproach" and should not be involved in "any contestation" in the party.

Sejake was unabashed, however.

In January he said that "syndicates" had taken over the election of the leadership in the ANC at all levels. Immediately ahead of the ANC's policy conference last month, he called for Zuma to be replaced as party president at its elective conference in Mangaung in December, on account of his ties with the financial and industrial interests of the Gupta family.

Speaking at the Limpopo Agriculture Department farmers' awards ceremony in Polokwane, Sejake said: "Our cabinet members are actually appointed by the Guptas. I have never seen the membership of the Guptas in the ANC."

In response, Zuma warned in his address at the ANC policy conference against ill-discipline, and suggested that those who defy the party leadership face serious consequences and risk expulsion. He specifically cautioned elders in the party who defended the ill discipline of the ANC Youth League, saying their role was to help the organisation and not to deepen controversies.

Defiantly, Sejake said in response: "Discipline must have grounds. It would be interesting to be disciplined - and to see on what grounds this would be done.

"I am very clear about what is happening in the ANC. Many people in the ANC are bought. They are not volunteers like we were. Nobody came to me with money promising me tenders and government positions. For me it was about getting rid of apartheid and building a non-racial democracy.

"Discipline or no discipline, it will be interesting to hear the conditions under which disciplinary action is instituted."

Here, former General Sejake was echoing the acute concerns of a fellow veteran of the Luthuli Detachment, Thula Bopela, in an article, "Something greater than oneself" (Politicsweb, 25 November). In this article, Bopela posed a sharp question as a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe who had fought in the Wankie campaign in Zimbabwe in 1967, was captured in battle and sentenced to death, was reprieved and served more than ten years in prison, and many years later played a crucial role in helping to end the civil war in KwaZulu-Natal, a vital precondition of the first democratic elections in April 1994.

His book, Umkhonto we Sizwe: Fighting for a Divided People (Galago, Alberton, 2005), co-authored with his comrade from the Wankie campaign, Daluxolo Luthuli, is one of the essential first-hand sources in modern South African history.

Mr Bopela's question was this: "Joining the ANC in the 60s demanded service and sacrifice. It was something far greater than the people who joined it. This ANC now has become a vehicle to power and wealth....Can the ANC redeem itself from the malady that afflicts it today, the malady of self-aggrandizement?"

The most acute expression of this moral conflict in the ANC is the legal action instituted against four executive members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) - representing former members of the military wing of the ANC and the SACP, of which Sejake and Bopela are both members - brought in the South Gauteng High Court on 1 June by the Commissariat, a sub-grouping within MKMVA, in the action Makgoale v Khoza et al.

Given the former military discipline within the ANC in exile, there is no precedent of this kind, in which an official body of relatively junior members of the ANC bring a civil action to the courts against highly placed, more high profile executive members, on such an explosive issue as corruption.

Relations bertween Sejake and the Commissariat are close, just as they are between the Commissariat and another prominent member of MKMVA, the former director of the National Prosecuting Authority, Advocate Vusi Pikoli. Removed from his position in a process of attrition by three successive State Presidents (Mbeki, Motlanthe and Zuma), Pikoli has been vocal on the subject of corruption within the ANC, government and the state apparatus.

Five elected members of the Commissariat were refused accreditation by ANC top brass when they arrived to press their case at the ANC policy conference at Mid Rand last week. It was then announced in the press by the chairperson of MKMVA, Kebby Maphatsoe (one of the respondents in the civil action on corruption), that two of five - one of them its secretary, Omry Mathabatha Makgoale, in whose name the action Makgoale v Khoza is being brought - had been expelled from MKMVA. Having failed to appear in court along with his co-respondents to answer the allegations presented against them, executive action against the applicant replaced an explanation before the judge. With Mr Maphatsoe having described his accusers in the press as "renegades", it appeared as if legal process might be in the process of being side-stepped. 

The applicant, Mr Makgoale, and his colleagues are from the 1970s generation which went into exile around the time of the 1976 Soweto school students' rebellion, and were grouped in MK in the June 16 and Moncada Detachments. Representing the more senior intake as a former member of the Luthuli Detachment from the 1960s, Sandi Sejake helped organise a "cleansing ceremony" on behalf of the Commissariat last December.

Following Gwede Mantashe's statement accusing him of "reckless and unwarranted" attacks on the ANC leadership, Sejake accused the leadership in turn of trying to divide the Veterans League before the ANC elections, so as to suppress responsible criticism.

"One of the functions of the Veterans League is that they are custodians of the ANC and our job is to speak out about what is wrong," he said. "If you can't speak out on what's wrong in the ANC, then you are not correcting anything."

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evidence of corruption
The president has spoken many times about corruption being not acceptable.
Take his words at face value.
If there is anyone with evidence let him take it to the courts.

by . on July 05 2012, 11:48
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full stop or comma(rade)?
Take note, dot the anc and zuma likspittle has spoken!!!!!

by andrew on July 05 2012, 12:23
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Dot - The ANC Blogger and Apologist
And here we have Dot, the ANC's deployed blogger and apologist, again spewing forth nonsense such as: "The president has spoken many times about corruption being not acceptable"

The question is unnaceptable to who? Bearing in mind the fact . .more

by Democrat on July 05 2012, 13:35
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Great news
It's good to see that there are still some in the ANC who have integrity. I fully support any action that will see the Criminal Liar Zuma and his cronies locked away in prison with the key thrown away for their treason against the country.

@Dot . .more

by Miksa668 on July 05 2012, 14:05
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Rotten....?
Something is rotten in the state of...... NO NO NO! not Denmark .... in the state of the anc .... (note the LOWER CASE!)

by tzME on July 05 2012, 14:10
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Previous posts
Previous posts were by a fakester. Clearly someone with no personal integrity.

by . on July 05 2012, 16:07
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sophists and integrity
I agree it is quite clear that . has no personal integrity.
Sophists can never have integrity because their arguments are so fanciful and deceitful .
nevertheless I have read all the current posts claiming to be from one . and can vouch that . .more

by .clone(s) on July 05 2012, 16:29
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General Sandi Sejake
God bless General Sandi Sejake and lend strength to his cause. An honest man is worthy of the respect of all South Africans.

by Jessop Sutton on July 05 2012, 17:32
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Corrupters
Civilized (tax) laws can never be legal for illegal use. Yet many public reports indicate illegal tax abuse of amassed trillions for corruption over decades. Rot starts with the highest political powers. Because they have absolute control of tax moneys . .more

by wilx on July 05 2012, 19:08
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Maybe there is still hope for the ANC or some faction of the ANC
But it will require the ANC to split between
1. Those who want to do good, for the upliftment and improvement of SA and all its peoples
and
2. Those who want

by Alto on July 05 2012, 20:08
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Article
Interesting

by Robinson on July 05 2012, 22:50
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Respect
I 'll pay respect to Jacob Zuma Only if he cn die!

by Nicholus on July 05 2012, 23:11
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All of the people
Please tell me who is all of the people of S.A. Is this the ANC or all the blacks excluding the whites. WHO IS ALL THE PEOPLE?

by leonieb1@polka.co.za on July 05 2012, 23:34
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ANCpf-&-the-ZANU-model.....

....talk about de ja voodo.

PAUL TREWHELA records & describes an almost identical scenario to those I am familiar with in the ZANU-ZANLA pre & post liberation history.

The murderous friction between ZANLA & ZIPRA was resolved by . .more

by John Austin on July 06 2012, 01:34
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@ dot - Presidential performance on corruption

The President has indeed spoken, the problem (not challenge) is he has done F*** all.

If one has to consider the assistance the president has afforded corruption accused (either directly or by omission) compared with directly addressing . .more

by Oblio on July 06 2012, 01:46
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want to get rid of corruption....
.....really?.....get rid of the anc......

by onlooker on July 06 2012, 04:54
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Zuma has the most charges of corruption
The headless chicken Zuma has been found to be the most corrupt of all ANC veterans. He should be the first one to be cleansed from the list.

by Sam Mazibuko on July 06 2012, 06:01
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Fake posts
There are a number of fake posts pretending to be me but are not. Clearly this person has low morality and ethics.

by . on July 06 2012, 06:11
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COSATU A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF.....
There is compelling persuasiveness of appearing to be EARNEST , especially from the lips of persuasive leaders.
But appearing to be sincere is not enough.Bring the fruit of action meet for having the best intentions, without which it remains hype, . .more

by Sipho on July 06 2012, 06:41
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Corruption, immorality, lack of ethics
May there long be articles published by the "leaders" of the ANC, its little subdivisions, its bottom feeders, including the ex-terrorist "leaders", the SACP and Cosatu. There is no better proof of the internal corruption, angling for favours , privilege . .more

by Dinks on July 06 2012, 08:01
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fake morality
The real sophist has spoken and is now accusing others of fake morality and ethics.
it is well known that sophists have zero morality and ethics because they need to be constantly able to twist and turn any story to suit their particular . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 08:21
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sophistry and blogging
@Plute....

....the DOT has been identity gang-bonked on Rhoda Khadale's offerring by a whole posse of puntuationphobes. This, I suspect, has got up his/her ire whereby DOT seeks to shove an exclamation mark unkindly into all or any of the . .more

by Ascribed to John Austin on July 06 2012, 08:32
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the funniest of all
@Fraudsters
Clearly I cannot charge any of you with identity theft, but your choice of name and nature of the comments vouches for your lack of ethics, morality and truthfulness.

by . on July 05 2012, 19:59

read the quote taken . .more

by one or another . on July 06 2012, 08:41
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@ John Austin
yes, I must say I have read all the dotty contributions and find them rather apt-- they seem to get to the heart of our .'s sophist character and emulate his comments.
as far as I can see from reading them all the other . does is to quote passages . .more

by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 08:55
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The unvarnished hatred of a criminal government
The ANC-led alliance came to power with many stated and lofty ideals. They flowed from the rhetoric of such American greats as Martin Luther King. "An injury to one is an injury to all", "Injustice anywhere is a . .more . .more threat to justice . .more . . .more

by Concerned citizen on July 06 2012, 09:55
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Ethics?
Please tell me: Since when does an amoral hired hand (mercenary) working for the kleptocratic & asinine nomenklatura that daily tries to obfuscate SA's failing state reality through his cr@ppy sophism's & diversionary tricks can claim any form of personal . .more

by Injala Apera on July 06 2012, 10:01
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@Plute....

....re your @ John Austin by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 08:55.

Your response should more correctly have been headlined

@ Ascribed to John Austin on July 06 2012, 08:32.

Although I hasten to add that I am completely . .more

by John Austin on July 06 2012, 12:38
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@fakesters
Your low morals, lack of ethics and integrity has blinded you all off topic. The article is about the fight against corruption in the ANC.

If you have any evidence or proof then take it to them.

by . on July 06 2012, 12:48
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@ John Austin
let's deconstruct this identity crisis .
have you ever been to the quant west coast village of Darling?
it is there that the satirist and writer mr Pieter Dirk Uys presents some of his delightful shows.
he is known for dressing on stage and . .more

by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 12:48
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@Plute....
.....yes, I have been to Darling to visit the Dirk-Uys museum.

Indeed, there are letters & cards in frames on the walls with expressions of nicety towards Dirk-Uys from many of the Goodm Bad & downright Ugly in SA politics - of all persuasions & . .more

by John Austin on July 06 2012, 13:03
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revision of my post above 12:48
Of course there is no corruption within the ANC.
Just as it is impossible for blacks to be racist so is it impossible for the party of the millenium to anything other than angelic--always and in all circumstances.
That is defined in the recently . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 13:05
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by . on July 06 2012, 13:05
fakester

by . on July 06 2012, 13:14
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@all of you
not funny anymore.

I'll stop if you do. Deal?

by . on July 06 2012, 13:18
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genies and bottles
once the genie of sophism is out the bottle it is dastardly difficult to squeeze it back in again

by . on July 06 2012, 13:36
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The real dot

Please identify yourself

by . on July 06 2012, 15:10
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I am the real .
As my IP address will attest.

by . on July 06 2012, 17:36
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@.
A satirist is quite able to adopt another identity. yet you harp on and on about theft.
theft is a crime.
If you have evidence go to a policeman.
if you bleary and teary eyes build a bridge and get over it.
everyday the newspapers get . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 22:51
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@imposter by . on July 06 2012, 22:51
You delibrately and wilfuly pretend to be me which is both fraudulent behaviour and evidence of low personal moral and ethical standards. Your lack of shame is worrying.

by . on July 07 2012, 11:07
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The fight against corruption in the ANC ....
is not against corruption per se, it is about getting the most favourable and lucrative seats on the gravy train, the best positions at the trough where the gravy depth is deepest and the flow the strongest. Cadres are killing each other for this . .more

by James Bell on July 07 2012, 19:54
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Fakster!
by . on July 05 2012, 16:07

by . on July 07 2012, 20:24
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Leadership fault lines of Intrgrity
My dictionary definition of leadership is untainted by pre 1994 political baggage , emotional manipulation, or "something for nothing" entitlement or favor seeking and is ethnic skin color neutral: viz
.
Leadership Definition : John C Maxwell : . .more

by Scribe on July 14 2012, 05:05
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