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ANC's Mkhize rejects M&G report on 'voting cattle'

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The ANC has chosen its leaders on the basis of the work they do and not because they make news headlines, says the party's KZN chair Zweli Mkhize.

Headlines do not determine ANC leadership, said the party's Zweli Mkhize.

"We choose our leaders on the basis of the work that we see. We do not choose simply because someone appears on television or is on the front page of any newspaper," the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal provincial chairperson Mkhize told a cadres forum at the University of Zululand on Sunday.

He rejected a recent  Mail & Guardian report that Deputy Defence Minister Thabang Makwetla had said in an interview that ANC members had been turned into "voting cattle".

Mkhize said ANC branches made their decision on the party's leadership and that delegates were not "herded" to vote in a particular way.

"We have made our nominations. We stand by them," he said.

Mkhize later told reporters that whatever was decided at Mangaung would be accepted by KwaZulu-Natal delegates.

KZN's cabinet nomination results
The province nominated President Jacob Zuma to lead the party with businessperson and national executive committee member Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy.

It nominated Gwede Mantashe to stay on as secretary general with and Jessie Duarte as his deputy, Mkhize as treasurer general instead of Matthews Phosa, and Baleka Mbethe for another term as national chairperson.

Mkhize and provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said that although the national leadership contest was important, it was not the sole item of importance on the agenda of the party's 53rd national elective conference.

They said KwaZulu-Natal delegates would be disciplined and humble when voting at the conference.

Of the almost 4 500 delegates who will attend the conference in Mangaung, 974 will come from KwaZulu-Natal.

Zikalala said the KwaZulu-Natal delegates would ask the party to look at various policies concerning mining and import tariffs.

The mining and import tariffs issue
The wholesale nationalisation of the mining sector was also not on the cards, but the party wanted to see greater protection of natural resources.

He said it should not be that resources were simply mined and exported but that the resources should be processed into finished products.

"We don't want investments that are dependent on foreign trade only," he said.

The ANC KwaZulu-Natal also wants the issue of import tariffs to be discussed.

"We are saying that tariffs need to be increased on products that can be made in South Africa."

He said that the ANC would not "embark on economic policies haphazardly".

Zuma also arrived at the cadres' forum to loud cheers and singing, but his address to the forum was not open to the media. – Sapa

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