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Politics of money, patronage and greed hurting ANC: Mkhize

Oct 13, 2017
Politics of money, patronage and greed hurting ANC: Mkhize

While addressing students aligned with the South African Students Congress (SASCO) at the Nelson Mandela University's South Campus in Port Elizabeth, African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General and Presidential hopeful, Zweli Mkhize, said that the politics of money, patronage and greed were affecting the ANC.

Mkhize had been invited to deliver the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture ahead of the NMU's Student Representative Council elections next week and was accompanied by Themba Xathula, who is the ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Secretary.

"The future of ANC and allies is at risk because of corruption and tolerance of corruption," he said.

Mkhize said that amongst the reasons Mandela was revered, was that he worked towards the creation of a caring and compassionate society.

"Let's learn from example of Mandela," he told the students. 

"Mandela was not a leader on his own but part of a collective that espoused honesty and humility."

He also praised students for standing up after the rape of a student and the stabbing of another at the NMU's 2nd Avenue Campus computer labs last week Monday.

SASCO quickly organised a protest that shutdown the university and called on the NMU to work towards ensuring better security on campus.

The suspect in the case was arrested on Wednesday, about two days after the incident. He has since told the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court that he wants to plead guilty.

"The stand you took against rape of a student was admirable. You are saying no to rape, violence and criminal attacks," Mkhize said.

He also said that the R14 million saga that happened at the Walter Sisulu University where a student received R14 million in her book and meal allowance instead of just R1 400 was evidence of an irregular system.

"ANC is with you in fighting these issues," Mkhize said.

"The name of NMU has changed, but can students be accomadated in high paying jobs? What has changed from UPE days?

"Mandela is our richest heritage. His sacrifice was about your future. We want to prepare you to lead this country. Mandela is about the future of our children."

Mkhize also said he supports calls for the transformation of the education curriculum so as to produce graduates that can better leader the economy and society.

He called on SASCO to triumph over the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) in the upcoming SRC elections.

As a potential successor to President Jacob Zuma, who steps down at the ANC's National Elective Conference in December, Mkhize's campaign has won support in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

However, it is Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Zuma's ex-wife, whom he also publicly endorsed, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who are seen as the top contenders.