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ANC lashes Nedbank's Khoza

2012-04-13 08:18

Johannesburg - Two senior ANC members lashed out at Nedbank Group [JSE:NED] chairperson Reuel Khoza in media reports on Friday for his comments about a lack of leadership in South Africa.

"Badmouthing the country affects its competitiveness globally and this can best be defined as economic suicide of the worst sort," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe wrote in the New Age newspaper.

"As the ANC, we may have views about business leadership, some of these views may be positive or negative, we will never use any platform to castigate them publicly."

Khoza, writing in Nedbank's latest annual report last month, said South African's "strange breed" of leadership needed to adhere to the institutions that underpinned democracy.

The political climate was not a picture of an accountable democracy.

"Our political leadership's moral quotient is degenerating and we are fast losing the checks and balances that are necessary to prevent a recurrence of the past," he wrote.

"We have a duty to build and develop this nation and to call to book the putative leaders who, due to sheer incapacity, cannot deal with the complexity of 21st century governance and leadership, cannot lead."

Mantashe said any business leader who behaved like an analyst was in the wrong profession.

"Any view expressed in the Nedbank annual report is based, at best, on the sympathy one has with those who throw stones at the ANC."

He said companies that were serious about the country's future had met the ANC "irrespective of what they think of the leadership".

Also writing in the New Age, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said Khoza's comments were built on the "media-backed liberal offensive" to discredit ANC leadership, targeting particularly President Jacob Zuma.

He said the offensive was aimed at discrediting Zuma ahead of the party's elective conference in Mangaung.

 

Comments
  • dewalds3 - 2012-04-13 08:40

    He is not bad mouthing the country. He is talking about the ANC - but then, yes, it is virtually impossible to bad mouth anything so rotten to the core...

      Jack - 2012-04-13 09:08

      Finally the truth comes out from a black person, the leaders of this country are a joke. Every time is see or hear these so called leaders it makes me so embarrassed. Everything from the way they look to the way they talk. Surely the ANC has got better leaders than this, or is this really the cream of the crop, the best the country has to offer.

      Jack - 2012-04-13 09:08

      Finally the truth comes out from a black person, the leaders of this country are a joke. Every time is see or hear these so called leaders it makes me so embarrassed. Everything from the way they look to the way they talk. Surely the ANC has got better leaders than this, or is this really the cream of the crop, the best the country has to offer.

      Felix - 2012-04-13 09:09

      The band must continue playing soothing music while the ship sinks, only difference is the captain(s) won't be going down with it.

  • Simon - 2012-04-13 08:42

    Kill the messenger!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-13 09:19

      Yup @Simon, but one of the "messengers" we all need to be wary of is the New Age, funded by the Guptas, who are also very into the Zuma family. Some say it might as well be called the "Dark Age"

  • chiepner - 2012-04-13 08:44

    Bad Mouthing - I am sure that the ANC cadres and their corrupt actions actually causes much more damage than Khoza's remarks, but wait, lets not try and solve the real problems - lets rather scorn those who points them out.

  • Roger - 2012-04-13 08:44

    If the cap fits you must wear it not try to turn it into a pair of shoes

  • hc12345 - 2012-04-13 08:45

    If the shoe fits........................

  • Mirrorman - 2012-04-13 08:46

    The truth hurts, ne?

  • Den - 2012-04-13 08:47

    LOOKS LIKE THE ANC JUST HATES THE TRUTH

  • Henry - 2012-04-13 08:50

    Dr Khoza has a huge duty to do at his work, I think that he should have focused on his duties and leave politics (and it's comments) to the politicians. ANC is the government of the day, anything negative that 1 says about it (or it's leaders will definitely be slammed) so for Dr Khoza, save himself from embarassment and to preserve his dignity, I suggest that he focuses on his duties and leave politicians alone. (there's a freedom of expression but 1 has to mind where he uses it at) *mi opinion*

      Andres - 2012-04-13 09:04

      Days when the citizenry isn't allowed to criticise government anymore is the day democracy and free-speech is dead. Khosa is a business leader and citizen of this nation, he is allowed to say whatever is on his mind.

      moreynolds - 2012-04-13 09:09

      It is extremely difficult to do his job and leave politics out, when its the polititians who are dictating how he must run his business and who he must hire, etc.. The ANC are doing what they normally do and want to cover up everything bad about the organisation instead of accepting their downfalls and doing something about it..

      Mirrorman - 2012-04-13 09:09

      So the government cannot be criticised? It is one thing to criticise just for the sake of it. It is another thing to speak your mind when the writing is on the wall...

      Felix - 2012-04-13 09:10

      @Henry, your opinion is stupid. *my opinion*

      Dennis - 2012-04-13 17:22

      Is it possible to give any in-depth analysis on good business, without somehow bringing out the governance in which it exists? Good governance creates an environment for good business. If you can seperate them to exisit in isolation of the other, you have achieved a first!

      Denny - 2012-04-13 22:15

      Mr Mantashe has a huge duty to do at his work, I think that he should have focused on his duties and leave business (and it's comments) to the businessmen. Businesses are the economy of the day, anything negative that 1 says about it (or it's leaders will definitely be slammed) so for Mr Mantashe, save himself from embarrassment and to preserve his dignity, I suggest that he focuses on his duties and leave businessmen alone. (there's a freedom of expression but 1 has to mind where he uses it at) *mi opinion*

      Denny - 2012-04-13 22:25

      The whole point with democracy (and something which seems bizarrely lost on far too many people) is that our leaders are in fact our servants. They are not our "chiefs". They are accountable to *us*. As long the prevailing attitude is to place them on untouchable pedestals, the root problems plaguing our government will persist.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-13 08:57

    THE anc IS STRUGGLING. ITS GOING TO BE A SLOW DEATH!!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-13 08:58

    Typical of the ANC's hypocracy. The truth hurts especially when it comes from one of theirs. Well done Khosa for speaking the truth. It really hurts the ANC.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-13 08:58

    Khoza = Premadonna

      isabelle.menzies - 2012-04-13 09:11

      I think you mean prima donna..................

      Felix - 2012-04-13 09:12

      Don't you have some municipal duties to perform, or does the anc just pay you for online propaganda?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-04-13 09:29

      HAHAHAHA!!! Premadonna, as in before madonna? lol silly

      Cris - 2012-04-13 09:45

      He is at the top. Now he is kicking away the ladder.

  • Nigel - 2012-04-13 09:00

    ah shut up ANC, we have put up with your incompetence, corruption, gross negligence, nepotism, cronyism & derelict of duty for almost 18 years now, Reneul Khoza IS RIGHT !!!!, you have failed the people of SA, all of you, including your out of control, ill disciplined, bunch of thugs Youth League. The black people of SA are starting to realize that you are no good, yesterday a black petrol attendant said to me that he is no longer voting for ANC "because they are fraud".

      Judith - 2012-04-13 09:09

      Reuel Khoza, as a leading business man, has the obligation to apprise government if its actions are negatively affecting the economy and deliver the feedback that BUSA and the Black Business Forum are too meek to deliver.

      sabongam - 2012-04-13 09:12

      Nigel - And you complain only after 18-years? Try 48-years and many before then which the blacks had to endure. Just goes to show how impatient and highly irritable white people can become when roles are reversed.

      moreynolds - 2012-04-13 09:35

      @sabongam - when does it end?? The youth are forced to relive pre-94 on a daily basis due to peoples inanility to move forward and the hatred from both parties continues.. A young 20yr old who was never part of apartheid, has never really been affected by discrimination, yet dispises the other race purely because of the hatred of previous generations!! When can either race expect to be governed properly when we blame each other for things we had no control over..

      Cris - 2012-04-13 09:40

      A petrol attendant tells you he is not voting ANC and that makes your day? Do you think its got anything to do with tips you give him and the good natured banter you normally have with him that may have made him say exactly what you like to hear. Pleasing customers goes a long way.

      Simon - 2012-04-13 10:25

      75% of the people of South Afrika complain about the goverment, yet 75% of the people vote ANC. Does not make sence, does it??

  • Mashilo - 2012-04-13 09:02

    These ill informed attacks on Dr Khoza confirm what he said in his article.

  • Dipzen - 2012-04-13 09:05

    The ANC is starting to seem like a party that can't take criticism and that is a key characteristic of a dictator style of leadership. You only have to look at their own internal battles to see that. Learn to take one on the cheek, learn from it and move on.

  • Judith - 2012-04-13 09:06

    If the cap fits .... Mr Khoza seems to have really got under their guilty skins

  • Dipzen - 2012-04-13 09:07

    The ANC is starting to seem like a party that can't take criticism and that is a key characteristic of a dictator style of leadership. You only have to look at their own internal battles to see that. Learn to take one on the cheek, learn from it and move on.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-13 09:12

    “Nedbank“Khoza's attack of the leadership of the country is correct{wena Gwede Mantashe n ur executive u only know about hearing cos we no gore NEW aGe newspaper is pro 2 the leadership of the ANC}

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-13 09:18

    This is tiring now! The fact that the ANC is reacting like this is proof that khoza is right! They would ignore if that wasn't the case.

  • graignewton - 2012-04-13 09:22

    "As the ANC, we may have views about business leadership, some of these views may be positive or negative, we will never use any platform to castigate them publicly." Did he not just use the media to castigate Khoza who is a business leader in SA? Mantashe needs to think before he opens his mouth.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-04-13 09:26

    Khoza is right, and all they can ever do is get defensive and make excuses.

  • KCorsar - 2012-04-13 09:30

    The defensive backlash is scary, made worse as this is from a prominent member of sociecy that isn't white so the racist card cannot be thrown around. ANC face facts - levels of corruption are not under control - people in SA aren't safe, reference to the farm murders - municipal finances are in tatters with a large number insolvent - BEE has failed to reach the masses and remains concentrated to the benefit of a few This negativity is depressing, so get your house in order and maybe the captains of industry will be more positive in their comments in future. Face opinions in the spirit of freedom of expression and listen...........

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-04-13 09:32

    And the dude has a degree in pshycology mhmmhm what are you up to buddy...

  • Nkuna Andries - 2012-04-13 09:34

    Truth hurts.

  • David - 2012-04-13 09:41

    Lets have more business people like Khosa speaking out - refreshing

  • Mike - 2012-04-13 09:52

    'Mantashe said any business leader who behaved like an analyst was in the wrong profession.' If this is being reported correctly, then Mr Mantashe is so far removed from the basic process of business practice that it's little wonder that he and the rest of the cadre are unable to run this country. Is he proposing that the citizens of SA follow a 'herd mentality' and just accept that what the ANC is doing is right ? If that's the case, then he's in for a shock when the next election comes around. The people are not stupid and they are learning to think for themselves.

  • Dave - 2012-04-13 09:54

    Its not badmouthing,it is what we call constructive criticism.Evil thrive when good people stand and do nothing.

  • Angela - 2012-04-13 10:10

    Yo in the Annual Report as well. Well stating unpalatable truths is what got Malema into hot water too. Not that Malema is a viable alternative it just seems this government cannot tolerate criticism. They must go.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-04-13 10:11

    Politicians must learn to accept criticism from all areas(religious, community, business and politics), refusing to take criticism like this exposes the arrogance by some leaders within ruling party. It is impossible to separate politics and business(economy) else government must not criticise business of not coming to the show when coming to employment creation.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-13 11:07

    The ANC no doubt has one set of values, morals and the likes for itself and a completely differnet set for those who oppose its views. Give credit where credit is due SARS under the ANC's leadership has improved revenue collection. Other than that they have nothing else to be proud of. Corruption stalks them around every corner, mediocrity (and less)has become the accepted norm. One only has to look at the state of the local authorities, education and health systems to confirm this view. The reason, mediocre, poor and corrupt leadership. Well done Mr Khoza for taking a stand. Your forthrightness is appreciated.

  • Duox - 2012-04-13 11:21

    hahahaha, don't mention how badly the anc is running the country.... because THAT is bad for the country.

      Duox - 2012-04-13 11:25

      By the way - Well done Mr. Khoza- thank you, maybe we should give our country to some of our top business people to run!!!! Please say yes

  • nadia.chotu - 2012-04-13 12:09

    So much for our so called democracy! Every person is entitled tovoice their opinion. That includes business entities! Why does the ANC lash out against an opinion raised against them. The fact of the matter is this: The ANC has failed South Africa. Corruption,fraud,irresponsible spending, lack of commitment to service delivery,theft, tender rigging, oilgate, R70 billion arms deal, complete lack of accountability, etc,THIS IS THE LEGACY OF THE ANC NOW. THIS IS THEIR BRAND NOW! Hence Khoza's statement : "We observe the emergence of a strange breed of leaders who are determined to undermine the rule of law and override the constitution ..This is not the accountable democracy for which generations suffered and fought.” That Mr Gwede Mantashe, is a statement substantiated by facts and not mere conjecture!It's time for the ANC to take the wishes and rights of the populace very seriously. If Nedbank Limited mentions something like that in their annual report, then surely the ANC must recognise the gravity of the situation... or are they just too arrogant? It is time South Africa to stand up and make adifference before we become another Zimbabwe!

  • Denny - 2012-04-13 22:09

    Ah, a fallback position is the patriotism card is it? Not as good as the race card but you have to deflect the issue somehow! FYI Mantashe - fleecing the middle class is actually a far more realistic economic suicide. Please stop, mmkay?

  • Joseph - 2012-04-14 08:09

    The daily marches across the country back up Khoza's comments. Afterall, if SA is democratic, why are knives out for this man (Khoza). As South Africans, we have every right to criticise the leadership of the ruling party. The comment by this so called 'strange breed' leadership implies that we have to accept any rubbish they dish out. Surely, this is not going to work.

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