mobile menu mobile search

Mantashe warns ANC MPs not to vote against Zuma in Parliament

Mantashe warns ANC MPs not to vote against Zuma in Parliament

The ANC has sent its strongest warning yet that it will not tolerate dissent in the motion of no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma, according to a report by News24.

This follows a statement by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe in which he noted that any ANC MPs supporting a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma would be “the highest betrayal”.

Instead he warned that any ANC members unhappy with Zuma should rather continue to fight from within the party.

“The most important characteristic of organisational discipline, is the ability to suppress your emotional feeling, if you can’t suppress your emotional feeling, we can’t talk organisational discipline of any sorts,” said Mantashe.

“We have a duty to sort ourselves out, the horizon might be longer or shorter but it is us who have the obligation to sort ourselves out.”

“But what you don’t do, because your father is a drunkard, is throw him to the thugs.

“When they fight in the ANC there is always a chance of losing a debate, and that is what you must build into the system. That you put [forward] issues, you lose a debate, and when you lose that debate, they shout you have ‘Mantashed’,” he concluded.

Political analysts believe that next week’s NEC meeting could be make or break for President Jacob Zuma as the party will decide whether to allow him to complete his presidential term or recall him early.

This follows continued infighting within the party, brought to a head this week by the reappointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO.


Read: Zuma and Ramaphosa being consulted to resolve Molefe issue


BusinessTech's Staff Writer is directly plugged into the South African Internet backbone, and spits out press releases and other news as they receive it. They are believed to be cl...
TAGS: Headline
Join the Conversation
  • Thomas Edison

    Is that democracy by extortion?

  • Cheesy 3.0

    Dictatorship is the only future the ANC has now … it is inevitable.

    • Lone Stranger

      That was the first thing that came to mind. The ANC IS a dictatorship. If they were not, they would allow to let their MP’s choose without consequence.

  • baasted_123

    And this is exactly why the Constitutional Court should order the secret ballot for the vote.

    MP’s are sworn in to serve the people, not the ANC.
    They should be able to vote with the conscience without fear of reprisal.

    For an organisation that fought for democracy for such a long time, they seem to have a very poor understanding of the concept.

    • Confused Goat

      In a fantasy world MP’s are sworn to serve people, in reality they serve their own parties, and its logic, if ANC has the power to put or remove someone as MP, where do you think the loyalty will lie?

  • koos

    Ja no well fine – This is the ANC interpretation of democracy – You can vote but it must be All Not Competant!!!!!!!!!!

  • Schrödinger’s Cat

    The entire ANC has to go. Not a one with any morals amongst them

    • Lone Stranger

      Well, if the MP’s vote in support of Zuma, they will be just as guilty for his actions. So they need to choose wisely who they serve. Zuma or SA.

      • Schrödinger’s Cat

        It just shows the utter contempt that the ANC have for the country and it’s peoples. Pity that the majority of voters don’t get to see, or understand, this

  • Broscientist

    I find it ironic that the leading party in a democratic country got pretty undemocratic practices.

  • Confused Goat

    In a fantasy world MP’s are sworn to serve people, in reality they serve their own parties, and its logic, if ANC has the power to put or remove someone as MP, where do you think the loyalty will lie?

    would you be more loyal to your customers than your bosses?

  • SpiritOfNehanda

    Warned or urged? Where’s the “..or else…” in this story?

  • jemsdad

    Lavrenti Beria

  • Ga77a

    What happened to ‘there is no culture of intimidation’ and ‘ANC MP’s vote with their conscience’?

    Actually the verb ‘Mantashed’ is to change your position or flip flopping sometimes within days or even hours (see above example). It’s not possible to lose a debate (or legal case) to the ANC.

  • thieves

    “We have a duty to sort ourselves out, the horizon might be longer or shorter but it is us who have the obligation to sort ourselves out.”

    Sounds to my like a thief trying to preach to another thief to not be a thief anymore….

  • victory

    U fail to lead buffoon #ancmustfall

    • John Phoenix

      But the Anc was chosen by the “people” victory? How could the people not have seen this coming? And which party does the people support now, surely not the sacp or the da!

  • Ubaba meet Baba

    But gwede, voting against zuma IS fighting from within to save the ANC!

    Or are you trying to say that a 105 year old organization is weaker than a criminal that you placed there?

    Your MP’s can either be Patriots or accomplices to the crime called zumanc.

    Let’s hope not all of them are yellow bellied rubber boned insults to the African People….like you.

  • Peter

    “But what you don’t do, because your father is a drunkard, is throw him to the thugs.”
    Admitting JZ’s a drunkard!

    • John Phoenix

      Nope, you put his ass on notice. Shape up or ship out, and in this case it’s ship off…

  • InReality

    “Mantashe warns ANC MPs not to vote against Zuma in Parliament”… because Zuma has successfully destroyed SA’s economy and it must stay that way or preferably get worse…

    • Nofearorfavor

      Picked up an interesting read the other day — old, from 2004– but it sure enlightened me about information, which I think not many know about– at any rate, I did not… seems a pretty fair and honest appraisal too by a guy called Patrick Bond — heading: From Racial to Class Apartheid: South Africa’s Frustrating Decade of Freedom… maybe you may mind or not mind that it was published in an independent socialist mag? Whatever, to me the contents of the essay, is a good pointer of why we are, where we are, today ….

  • Uncaptured

    Oh dear, Gwede has pushed his finger too far into his nostril this time

  • Joe Black

    He’s against “the highest betrayal” of the ANC. With zero concern for “the highest betrayal” of the citizens of this country and the constitution.

    The more things change the more they stay the same. ANC above SA for most of them.

  • Hazel Stevenson

    Mantashe is another two-faced jackal!! The ANC is NOT the respected organisation it was some 20 years ago and Mantashe you had better wake up!!

    • Nofearorfavor

      Sometimes I wonder how did it all start? Globalists sold out on SA– kept their local assets and corporate interests, ANC between rock and hard place, had to take the deal– can’t fight with the global fat cat mafia!– they hijack pretty much the whole world. But at least the globalists would not interfere in how they run the gov– how as the few, they plundered SA and following in the globalist few’s footsteps– enriched themselves at the expense of the many– so corruption flourished in turbo…

      Bitter at the mainly white neocolonialists– although today they comprise all races– the white minority became the scapegoats of their frustration and fury– most of us not capable of hold white monopoly capital– lucky if we still had jobs or a small business keeping the wolf from the door.

      Result– an ever more divided SA– exactly as the ANC wanted, while too shortsighted to see, that a divided SA played straight into the hands of the worldwide globalist oppressors!– too blind to see, that a people have no case with the race of party running a government efficiently and well– to the benefit of the people!

      That if they had been such a government– the whole country would have supported them– the economy would be humming today, brain drain would have been negligible as also crime– employment high and SA virtually 100% literate and skilled by now!– Education of a high standard, zealously maintained too! Health services at optimum and affordable– Land distribution long since sorted and farmers of all races working together…. all of that was not only possible — but realistic to achieve …. But instead our country had to land with such a greedy lot running SA into the ground …

      Look on yt — search “Desmond Tutu Blasts ANC South African Gov’t as Worse Than Apartheid”

  • Peter Pan

    He will survive. I have little doubt over that. Their positions as MPs and party members are more important than their loyalty to the people who put them there – Zuma has survived so many times, I don’t see a reason why he shouldn’t survive this time. So many are like: Secret Ballot – Whoooo…Zuma’s gone…um! NO!

  • Nofearorfavor

    “it will not tolerate dissent” — boeger the integrity and honesty they owe the country as public servants! ANC will rather hid their in-house shame, instead of standing up and ruthlessly ridding the organisation of the terminal cancer within its ranks, which will shortly be the death of it and good riddance then for a betrayed South Africa!

  • Lupe

    “anybody who tries to salvage this sinking ship will be performing the ultimate betrayal”

    ANC logic smh

Join our newest FREE BusinessTech newsletter today!
×