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David Masondo removed as head of ANC’s OR Tambo school – David Makhura steps in

David Masondo removed as head of  ANC’s  OR Tambo school – David Makhura steps in
Illustrative image: David Makhura and David Masondo (Photos: Gallo Images/Luba Lesolle | Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas)

The ANC has made further changes to its structures and this time around will see David Masondo being removed as head of the party’s OR Tambo School of Leadership

The ANC this week announced that its head of political education David Makhura has been appointed as the new head of the party’s governance school, meaning that ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member David Masondo has been given the boot.

Speaking to the media at the party post-NEC briefing this week, party secretary general Fikile Mbalula told journalists this decision makes sense because it aligns with Makhura’s position in the party. He added that as head of political education, Makhura was full-time at Luthuli House. 

He further explained that Masondo would continue making contributions to the school despite no longer being the head.

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“It is an alignment Masondo is capable of. The OR Tambo School of Governance is a project of the ANC and Makhura is full- time, Masondo was never full- time,” he said.

This change follows a row over Zimbabwean academic and author Dr Ibbo Mandaza speaking at the school amid his home country’s elections. 

Mbalalu tried to halt a seminar titled The State of Democracy in the SADC Region: A Reflection on the National Elections of Zimbabwe, which was scheduled last month, where Mandaza was set to speak. Mbalula had articulated that the ANC’s posture is to support Zanu-PF while Mandaza has an opposing stance.  

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The governing party is also involved in behind-the-scenes talks to deal with Zimbabwe’s disputed election.

Masondo went ahead with the seminar despite attempts by Mbalula to have the event cancelled.

Mbalula attempted to brush off this incident as the reason why the change in leadership was made. He explained that his gripe was that the seminar did not allow both pro and anti-Zanu-PF opinions and was biased toward one idea.

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“Masondo would not listen — I think they satisfied themselves with what they wanted to bash, they did not want to debate.

“I know you are going to raise an issue about the seminar which is an issue we have solved. Ibbo makes all kinds of allegations and it does not know what he is talking about. I have respect for him as an intellectual and so on. The ANC will never oppress anyone. We did not want him to continue and it was his pulpit alone. We cannot give a platform for dissidence and criticism of other countries. We want an honest dialogue, a dialogue of minds,” according to Mbalula.

He further said the governance school should not be used as a “propaganda tool” for one group in South Africa that doesn’t like Emmerson Mnangagwa as a president and Zanu-PF.

Masondo was the first principal of the school which was launched in 2019.

Masondo, who is also the deputy finance minister, had not responded immediately to DM after being approached for comment. DM


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  • Johan Buys says:

    The ANC has a governance school??

    Does a 30% mark also graduate cadres to deployment?

  • Sydney Kaye says:

    I imagine they have a module on money laundering. I am always amazed how uneducated cadres have the knowhow to set up multiple companies and fronts through which to funnel their stolen money.

    • Grumpy Old Man says:

      Sydney, the answer to your question is, because the practice has become institutionalized!
      In the early days ‘Comrades’ kept it simple. Register a Company, create a Trust, do business with the State! A couple get found out & they then figure they need to create ‘degrees of separation’ which involves smarter lawyers, fronts, family members etc. Word gets around on Best Practice Corruption Sydney & who you need to speak too, what you need to do, to prevent getting caught!
      What we should all be aware of is that nothing prevents SARS or the FIC doing a ‘deep dive’ on any individual. If you have an ID you can search a lot of publicly available info related to company registration details, family records & which can then be cross referenced against your approved supplier databases!
      What you would find if you did this was that a helluva lot of Councillors / Politicians have registered businesses – but who only do business with the State (be it at a Muncipal / Provincial or National level). In other words – not real Businesses at all.
      What it comes down to is ‘Will’ or the motivation to clean up house. Personally, I don’t believe the Will exists because it would expose the extent of the rot (from the very top to the bottom) not only within the ANC – but across a lot of political parties & their principals. What we are up against is a Confederation of Thieves that would take a 100 years to investigate, prosecute & jail

  • Hermann Funk says:

    The ANC running a school for leadership and governance, what a joke. These morons neither lead nor do they have a clue how to govern.

  • Zed Buchler says:

    30% pass rate? What is the subjects? Something along these lines:
    How to ride the gravy train.(2 modules)
    An explanation how to take kickbacks and manipulate tenders.(5 modules)
    Best shops in Dubai to buy flashy clothes and jewelry.(3 modules)
    This list can go on and on forever as daily new ways of corruption is invented.

  • James Webster says:

    How typical of the ANC, to say “‘We want an honest dialogue, a dialogue of minds,’ according to Mbalula”, when in fact what they want are a group of yes-men. Since when has the ANC ever evidenced a desire for the freedom of speech ?

  • What about freedom of speech? The democracy is slowly being crushed. This continuous shutting people down, punishing them for having a different opinion, is starting to look exactly like the oppressive rules the ANC struggled to overcome. Mabulula is a bully of the first order, where does he see himself in a future South Africa?
    Right at the top.
    The three top ANC contenders at present are Panyaza, Mabalula, AND OUR LOVELY CYRIL. May the best man win but absolutely not as president.
    Daily, wonder what the next pile of sh1t will be uncovered?
    The people replacing the latest round of CEO’s will be cadre’s so what will change? Obviously they will have people – but the process, interviews, and contracts will have to go through the tedious display of others baring their lives – but like the PP, their vote which will already be made, is law, so don’t be surprised if Gwede, Gordhan, or people of their stature get those jobs added to their portfolio.
    How many others are capable of running what ever they touch into the ground?
    Anyway people – remember, toe the line, or you will be hit by a train (if it works).

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