Stricken by the fear of losing it all in the forthcoming SA 2019 presidential race, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is taking on new strategies to ensure their political leaders holding various offices in the party are credible enough and trustworthy.
The party’s subcommittee called for a review of the caliber of leaders appointed to head the party as it tries to arrest its decreasing favor among the South African population.
Holding a brief meeting at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg on Sunday, the Sub-committee chair Nathi Mthethwa said he had already given a detailed outline of the party’s need for selfless leaders that will help the party regain people’s trust.
Mthethwa said the party now needs a leadership that will take responsibility in ensuring that their quality as leaders is always improved, ideologically, academically and ethically.
The call, according to him, is also part of the proposals laid out by the sub-committee ahead of the ANC’s policy conference in June. The team paints a bleak picture of the ANC’s ability to retain power if it does not deal with internal battles and factionalism.
“To the extent that the liberation movement is not able to deal with the organizational challenges, we will find ourselves in a difficult position to maintain and sustain power as the African National Congress,” Mthethwa said.
The call for a drastic change within the party follows the party’s continuous loss of favor among the South African population which was evident in the party’s loss in the 2016 local government elections.
The party did not just witness a loss in three key metros to opposition parties, it equally saw a massive drop of its national votes from 62% in 2011 to 54# in 2016.
Areas of Self-Correction to Focus on
Now, the party has outlined four key areas it believes there is a need for self-correction. These key areas include revitalizing the integrity of its policies, the management of membership, the selection of quality leadership and its technical systems.
“We’re saying that’s not a natural trajectory, it is a function of factors, particularly subjective factors. And to the extent that the liberation movement is able to correct that, we’ll be able to move forward and lead society,” said Mthethwa, adding that the ANC would work to dispel the belief that liberation movements naturally lose power within 20 years of governance.
The party also proposed the creation of a policy on coalition agreements, a move largely interpreted as a sign of concern over a further loss of support in the SA 2019 Presidential Race.
But Mthethwa dismissed this interpretation of the party’s proposal, saying it was not a sign that it anticipated losing power.
“As a result of the 3rd of August 2016 [municipal elections], it’s a forced situation upon the ANC. It’s not about the SA 2019 presidential race. We are asserting here that the ANC has to do what it has to do to continue to lead society,” he said.
“We’re not in any way preparing to lose power,” he added.