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South African ANC officials in Juba to educate SPLM


October 9, 2013 (JUBA) – A high-level delegation comprising of senior officials from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) have arrived in South Sudan to share their knowledge and experience with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) amidst an ongoing power struggle within the ruling party.

Cyril Ramaphosa (File photo Reuters)

The senior party officials, led by the ANC’s vice chairman, Cyril Ramaphosa, arrived in Juba on Tuesday, and were received at the airport by SPLM deputy secretary-general Ann Itto.

The visit takes place as the SPLM national liberation council prepares to hold its first meeting on 22 October to discuss vital challenges related to the vision and structure of the ruling party.

In a statement to the press at Juba airport, Itto said the ANC officials came to share their experiences with the SPLM on various issues.

ANC has a track record of making successful transitions of leadership, with the latest example occurring when former South African president Thabo Mbeki peacefully and democratically relinquished his power to current president Jacob Zuma.

A guerilla movement turned into a political party in 2005, the SPLM is widely considered to lack experience in democratic transformation and transition.

Its senior leadership has also been accused of stalling attempts to introduce a peaceful and democratic transition of power.

The party remains unregistered in the new nation and has yet to pass its constitution, manifesto, code of conduct and rules and regulations, which are required in order to conform to the realities of the new independent state.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has chaired the SPLM for the last eight years since taking power by default in 2005 following the untimely demise of the movement’s founder, John Garang de Mabior.

Kiir was confirmed as the party chairman in the 2008 national convention along with his deputies.

However, the SPLM has unsuccessfully stuck with the transformational and transitional processes since March this year, following revelations that a number of senior party officials wanted Kiir replaced.

One of those senior leaders who expressed readiness to replace Kiir was the party’s first vice chairman, Riek Machar Teny, who served as the president’s deputy for eight years before being relieved in July.

Others who also saw the need to replace the current chairman included the party’s secretary-general, Pagan Amum, who was suspended after publicly criticising the government, as well as Garang’s widow Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, a member of the party’s political bureau and former presidential advisor.

In an SPLM political bureau meeting in March, Kiir reportedly acknowledged the existence of challenges such corruption, tribalism, a stagnant economy, insecurity and poor international relations.

However, he stressed he needed a third chance as party chairman and president of the republic to try to tackle ongoing issues facing the new nation.

Since March the ruling party has failed to hold further meetings, as well as make the necessary preparations for passing its basic documents needed to hold its third national convention, which was due to be held last May, in accordance with the five-year timetable.

As the 2015 general elections approach, the SPLM is supposed to confirm or elect its new leadership, including the position of chairman, who will be the flag bearer for the presidential race come the election year.

While Kiir seems determined to hold on power, Machar and his supporters have vowed to democratically unseat the incumbent from the party chairmanship and the government’s top seat by 2015.


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  • 9 October 2013 06:45, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    ANC party in South Africa is a dictator with its president Jacob Zuma, how come to teach SPLM? Is better with different party from different country to teach SPLM how to execrise good governance and delivert service to its people.

    • 9 October 2013 07:45, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      i doubt what expertise will ANC offer SPLM since ANC itself has blurred and fallen short of economic improvement for Black majority in South Africa. The next hope for South African brothers and sisters is ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS (EFF)party formed by Julius Malema with the mandates to fighter total economic liberation for South African people in present generation life time not ANC any longer.

      • 9 October 2013 08:08, by Deng Ateny Lueth

        the train full of goods (economic) promised for Blacks and in which ANC was a driver behind the wheels either did not left from Sante or has derailed on the way before reaching Soweto black Majority. ANC is a party on default, and is disqualified to role modeled others. it has shied away on its promises to improve Black people lives in South Africa. therefore blind does not qualify to lead .....

        • 9 October 2013 08:23, by Mi diit

          Bravo ANC, teach cowboy incompetent Kiir and some of his thugs the art of real politics in real democratic world. Mbeki relinquished power to Zuma in a very transparent and democratic manner which showed the maturity of politics in South Africa. Please tell Kiir that taking power a way from him doesn’t mean the end of his life. He can be a good cattle keeper peacefully in Akon village.

          • 9 October 2013 08:27, by Mi diit

            ...Or I would recommend him here in Washington DC to become an envoy to UN, but the problem would be that he is not educated and is too old to learn new tricks of diplomacy.

  • 9 October 2013 06:59, by Tutbol

    ANC is not a good role model the SPLM must learn from, first of all S Africans believe in class systems, while S Sudanese don’t believe in tiered communities. Also ANC have shifted away from the ideals its fought for & adopted a new crony class that favors the well connected few at the expense of their majority black S Africans. S Africa is the world’s most crime ridden nation on earth. ANC isn’t.

    • 9 October 2013 07:12, by Tutbol

      ...worth anything good to copy from. Isn’t it the same ANC headed by Zuma who built his private range that worths millions of dollars of public funds while his country’s men/women are wallowing in poverty in shanty towns.

    • 9 October 2013 07:32, by Naath

      I like the call to educate kiir and his teammates who are violently terrorist thier own people,teach them how to unit,how leave tribalism a side,teach them how to be come better government,also how stop stealing money and disadvantages and advantages killing opposition and human rights actives like Abraham and other thank south Africa government for your understanding the matters

  • 9 October 2013 08:41, by dude

    why would the SPLM PARTY learn from ANC. ANC are the most criminals party in south Africa. They killed their own people all the times. They are very very corrupted. We need to have our own mentality of leading our country South Sudan. We do not want any help from outside to govern us. Our Citizens are the ones who are the true party, they can elect officials and the president for everlasting peace

    • 9 October 2013 09:03, by Runrach

      As many of my fellow citizens aired out their doubted concerns about ANC uncertainty in the field of democratic & political management expertise. It’s TRUE that the ANC and SPLM under Kiir leadership bear the same commonalities. How can witchcraft treat another witchcraft ? Something pathetic.

  • 9 October 2013 09:19, by Malakal county Simon

    The ANC officials are in Juba to educate Kiir, and not SPLM as whole.

    • 9 October 2013 10:06, by Tom D

      Dear colleagues
      ANC is right to educates SPLM party. what is wrong with that? If ANC failed to tackled their internal issues and is in postion to educate SPLM that’s fine, we want a qualfied party which will eradicte all mess of Kiir leadership in South Sudan and teaches Kiir on how leader behave himself and know how to handle such issues. If we don’t appreciate ANC party, whom do we want?

      • 9 October 2013 10:19, by Tom D

        For those who seek leadership, aleader MUST have the following:
        - 5 pass
        - 4 ways
        - 10 Security
        Do our president have these? If so, do they reflect? and if at all, try to have them for the better leadership.

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