Martin Williams
3 minute read
12 Jan 2022
4:30 am

ANC learned cadre deployment strategy from the National Party

Martin Williams

Like the Nats, the ANC resolved to deploy cadres across all key centres of power.

An ANC flag. Picture: Michel Bega

Cadre deployment did not begin or end with former president Jacob Zuma. It was adopted at the ANC’s 1997 national conference, where Thabo Mbeki was elected party president. And it continues. Mbeki didn’t invent the idea of a party deploying its own people to control every aspect of the state. He learned it from the National Party, which governed South Africa for 46 years. Like the Nats, the ANC resolved to deploy cadres across all key centres of power. Their first national deployment committee was led by then ANC deputy president Zuma. Subsequent deputy presidents, including Cyril Ramaphosa, have chaired...