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ANC distances itself from ANCYL comments - Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe
13 May 2009

Party secretary general describes Youth League's response to Zille as embarrassing

The African National Congress distances itself from comments by an ANC Youth League spokesperson yesterday (12 May 2009) about DA leader Helen Zille and her provincial cabinet (see here).

Zille's statements earlier in the week about President Jacob Zuma (see here) were indeed reprehensible and, quite correctly, were roundly condemned. She justly deserves criticism for the unrepresentative composition of her cabinet.

But this does not justify the comments by the ANC Youth League. These comments are deeply embarrassing to the ANC, and reflect a marked departure from the ANC's approach to political engagement.

The ANC will not lower itself to Zille's level, and will not allow her vitriolic attacks on the person of the President to set the tone for interaction among political parties.

The ANC reiterates its rejection of Zille's statements. It shows that she is increasingly out of touch with the mood of the nation.

Statement issued by Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of the African National Congress, May 13 2009

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ANC
South Africans dont want to hear your mudslinging insults against each other, South Africa is a magic country with magic people, we seek peace, tolerance and respect amongs all races and places, yourè making true azzholzes of yourself now, the election is . .more

by citizen on May 13 2009, 17:12
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Distances itself ... bit weak
Doesn't the ANCYL stand for the same things as the ANC. They are the same organisation. If you have a spokesperson then he is passing on the party line. How can you then distance yourself from your own spokesperson.

Anyway, at least a reprimand . .more

by Sad days on May 13 2009, 17:30
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The ANCYL, MK Vets, COSATU, SACP, Zuma, Tokyo...
...are all one thing! These days when a black critisize ANC he is "Mbeki supporter", if u r white "a racist" and if u really corner them, then "everything was taken out of context". I'm a darkie and Zille is not racist by mentioning the truth, Zoom Zoom . .more

by Mute Fool on May 13 2009, 18:39
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So you take one sentence out of context and
now HZ is hurling 'vitriolic attacks' ?? What % of your electorate understands that anyway?? She is just trying to get the job done instead of looking like trying to get the job done.

by Charlie Ruckin on May 13 2009, 18:53
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out of context
Reading the whole letter Hellen Zille (Letters to the Editor - Argus) one will understand the context in which those remarks were made.

I think the Sowetan, by publishing just part of the letter, did the country a great disservice. Shame on . .more

by Dumisani on May 14 2009, 00:55
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Politicians P*** off!
Why don't all you politicians just F*** off! Who actually needs you? You are liabilities on the counties moral balance sheet. Just P*** off you boring lot of rats running the race! F*** me, you make me sick - ALL OF YOU!

by Coolio on May 14 2009, 06:30
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Insufficient response and action
It's not enough to "distance the ANC" from ANCYL stupidities when it is, in essence,
the same organization !!!!
Public dressing downs and reprimands, disciplinary steps and a few expulsions would be far more to the point.

by Reitz on May 14 2009, 07:31
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ANC Childrens League
is it the ANCYL that controls the ANC or is it the other way around?

by Nwali on May 14 2009, 08:11
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Uncouth attacks on Zille
And in all of this President Zuma remains silent. The logical conclusion to be drawn from his silence is that he approves of the YCL and ANCYL attacks on Zille. Neither dynamic nor principled leadership from the Big Man!

by flebus on May 14 2009, 09:35
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Zille should have kept it political
Zille was in bad taste to go personal on the president like that. Did she want to, yes, did she need to, no. The initial critique was nothing personal, nothing about botox. It was a political gender argument. She's the one who went prosonal first, . .more

by khuleka on May 14 2009, 09:46
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viva zuma
the reason for zuma's one term?

he may not live for another one. we can only hope.

by viva zuma on May 14 2009, 11:32
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ANC is becoming more militant by the minute
ANC is becoming more militant by the minute.

Any WHITE person disagrees - RACIST
Any BLACK person disagrees - MBEKI SUPPORTER

Get REAL KIDS!

by ANC 4 death (of democratic principles) on May 14 2009, 11:39
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Is intimidation part of the black culture?
A few neutral observations:

Look at the similar characteristics of these groups:
- MK War Vets
- ANC YL
- Taxi Bosses
- Black students protesting at TUKS, WITS, CPUT

I've observed:
- Bullying
- . .more

by good4u on May 14 2009, 11:50
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ANC comments - a joke
The ANC fight all their dirty battles through:
- Mampara Malema
- SACP
- COSATU
- MK Vets

Now they try take the moral high ground by stating
"The ANC will not lower itself to Zille's level, and will not allow her . .more

by ANC comments - a joke on May 14 2009, 13:20
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HZ vs JZ
The ANC make the bullets and get idiot Malema to fire them so they can get away with all the racist talk they want to. However, Zille gains nothing by mud-slinging - she looses her dignity. Someone should tell her to keep quiet and not come down to . .more

by Xolani on May 14 2009, 13:54
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@ Coolio
Agree 100%. Politicians must get out of our lives! Its time we take them of our TV's and out of the news. Where are the real contributors...the engineers, poets, artists, clergy, social workers, researchers, academics?

by Schmocracy on May 14 2009, 14:56
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The Alpha-Zulu of todays politics

The Bravos are declaring war on the Charlie's and Whiskeys.

This is pretty scary stuff when one listens to the tone and intelligence of the ANC politicians

by Sipho on May 14 2009, 15:46
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To Gwede Mantashe
Since you concede that the ANCYL has brought your party into disrepute, will you be holding a disciplinary inquiry?

Since the four of the six paragraphs in your statement (66 2/3 at last) continue the attack on Ms Zille, which part of "Jacob . .more

by Racist = 1 who disagrees with the ANC on May 14 2009, 19:09
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