Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ANC is aandadig aan moord op ET, sê AWB...Government top brass still sing struggle song

ANC is aandadig aan moord op ET, sê AWB

2010-04-07 00:54
Hannatjie van der Merwe
Die Afrikaner-Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) verwerp die motief van ’n loongeskil vir die moord op sy voormalige leier, mnr. Eugène Terre’Blanche, en weier om te aanvaar dat die ANC nie ook aandadig is aan die moord op Terre’Blanche nie, het mnr. André Visagie, sekretaris-generaal van die AWB, gister gesê.
“Die rede waarom ons sê dat Terre’Blanche se moord te wyte is aan die ANC se toedoen, is omdat mnr. Julius Malema (leier van die ANC-jeugliga) ten spyte van ’n hofinterdik voortgaan om haatspraak te verkondig,” het hy gesê.
“Dit is met teleurstelling dat ons kennis neem van mnr. Gwede Mantashe (sekretaris-generaal van die ANC) se regverdiging vir Malema se optrede omdat dit sogenaamd ‘struggle-liedjies’ is wat hulle weier om op te hou sing.
“Indien dit waar is, word gevra waarom Peter Mokaba se struggle-liedjies van 1997 van ‘Kill the Boer, kill the Farmer’ en ‘One Settler, One Bullet’ nie destyds ook geregverdig was deur te sê dat dit tradisionele struggle-liedjies is nie.”
Visagie het gesê Malema wys homself uit “as ’n wettelose burger van hierdie land omdat hy uitdagend die hooggeregshof se interdik wat hom verbied om sy haat­spraakliedjies te sing, ignoreer en daarmee voortgaan”.
Hy het gesê die AWB verwerp die loondispuut as motief vir dié moord, “want ’n mens nader nie jou werkgewer met ’n panga in die hand wanneer jy oor jou loon wil gaan gesels nie; jy doen dit nie in ’n slaapkamer om 18:00 op ’n Saterdag nie; en dit is onsinnig om ’n loondispuut as motief aan te voer aangesien die mens wat die loon moet betaal vir ewig nie weer beskikbaar sal wees om vir uitstaande skulde gedagvaar te word nie”.
- Die Burger

Government top brass sing struggle song
07 April 2010
Pertunia Ratsatsi
GAUTENG Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and a group of people yesterday defied a court order and chanted struggle song Dubul’ iBhunu (shoot the Boer) in Mamelodi, Pretoria.
Mokonyane, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana and Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa sang the song at the 31st commemoration of the hanging of struggle hero Solomon Mahlangu.
This comes barely five days after Afriforum succeeded in obtaining an interdict in the Pretoria high court barring ANCYL president Julius Malema from singing the song.
The court last Thursday ruled that Malema could not sing the song until AfriForum’s hate speech application began in the Equality Court.
The ANC expressed its disappointment at Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann’s “lack of consideration” regarding the historical context of the song.
“People disrespect us because we shy away from our history, that is why they take us to court and that is why they vilify Julius. Our struggle songs and graves should form part of our heritage,” Mokonyane said.
She urged council to apply to have the Mamelodi cemetery turned into a heritage site.
“When we visit other countries they take us to see the graves of people who died during world wars but in South Africa we take them to Gold Reef City and the Union Buildings. We do not take them to where we have the bones of our young heroes.”
MK Military Veteran’s Association national chairperson Kebby Mphatsoe said they would not sit back and watch when “our songs are being marginalised”, adding that they would not accept the court ruling.
Mahlangu, an Umkhonto weSizwe freedom fighter, was accused of murder and terrorism in 1977 and executed by hanging at the Pretoria Central prison in 1979.

ANC bigwigs ‘plot’ to oust leadership
07 April 2010
FAVOURITE: Fikile Mbalula
Mbalula group maps out 2012 takeover
Key ANC members are on a trail to dismantle the current ANC leadership come 2012.
The move entails completely overhauling the ANC leadership in 2012 – giving the nationalists more power and neutralising the left, which is accused of trying to hijack the ruling party.
Part of the initiative includes replacing current general secretary Gwede Mantashe – who is also chairperson of the SACP – with ANC head of campaigns Fikile Mbalula.
President Jacob Zuma recently attempted to put a lid on the leadership succession debate, saying it would “create disunity and factionalism, as well as erode the party’s organisational structure and tradition”.
Zuma also lashed out at members who were campaigning for Mantashe’s removal.
“An attack on the general secretary hits at the belly of the ANC. We do not attack the general secretary of the ANC, it is never done, and it is not the tradition of our movement.”
Sowetan has learnt that the debate had merely gone underground, with some ANC national executive members calling for the complete overhaul of the party’s leadership.
According to Mbalula’s lobby group – which includes both members of the NEC and ANCYL – only Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will be guaranteed to retain their positions come 2012.
A member of the lobby group said the current leadership was the result of compromises made in Polokwane to oust former president Thabo Mbeki.
“We compromised on a number of positions and that is the main reason why the ANC is being ambushed by the left. Everyone knows that Gwede Mantashe was a compromise at Polokwane.”
The Mbalula camp prefers the following leaders:
President – Jacob Zuma
Deputy President – Kgalema Motlanthe
National Chairperson – Bathabile Dlamini or Angie Motshekga
Treasurer-general – Jeff Radebe
General Secretary – Fikile Mbalula
Deputy Secretary – Bathabile Dlamini or Angie Motshekga
While current treasurer-general Mathew Phosa has had a fallout with Mbalula and the youth league, Tokyo Sexwale, who was previously regarded with suspicion for his presidential ambitions, is gaining popularity within the ANCYL.
ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said the party was not aware of the lobbying, adding members who disregarded the ANC instruction against debating leadership succession in the party would be disciplined.
He said the ANC would present guidelines for lobbying before its national general congress in September in Durban.

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