ANC’s Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe officially announces his exit from the ANC leadership.
Mantashe who was addressing the South African Community Party (SACP) imbizo taking place in Germiston on Friday morning, said that he would not be contesting any leadership position in the future. He went on to offer the ruling party a road map to recovery.
He told SAPC delegates who gathered to find out more about the state of the ANC ahead of the 52nd convention meant to bring in a new set of leadership in the party.
“We need to accept that mistakes have happened. We must explain that a number of issues could have been handled differently and better. We must publicly commit ourselves to working to correcting that … invite all ideas that can help us. We must follow what we say with concrete action; we must be seen to be dealing with corruption without being emotional and excited,” Mantashe said.
The top party official also agreed that there are presently low positive signs the ANC could take advantage of in order to renew the movement in the run-up to the 2019 elections but urged members to work together to bring the party back to its feet.
sues could have been handled differently and better. We must publicly commit ourselves to working to correcting that … invite all ideas that can help us. We must follow what we say with concrete action; we must be seen to be dealing with corruption without being emotional and excited,” Mantashe said.
Mantashe’s announcement comes days after the party President Jacob Zuma announced his plans in the ANC after he steps down in this year.
The President who had equally announced his support for his ex-wife Dlamini-Zuma said he would take a tour to every branch of the ANC in South Africa “to lead the party’s programme on political education.”
Not only did the president advise the party’s upcoming leaders to learn to organise, keep and inspire the masses to be their own liberators, he also urged members to outshine the oppositions in order to pull them to the ruling party.
ANC is the only political movement saddled with the responsibility of liberating people from the shackles of apartheid, Zuma said.
Meanwhile, Mantashe has warned the ANC party delegates about what he called the “vulgarisation of the revolution”.
“There is an attempt to vulgarise monopoly capital debate; today vocabulary talks about white monopoly capital. It is a vulgarisation of the revolution. We then use that vulgarised terminology to deal with each other. If you partner with a white partner, every time you correct us we will say you partner with white monopoly wena. Thula [shut up],” he told delegates.
The leader also told them that the ANC has a tendency for “making silly mistakes” and that one of such mistakes was to shut the door on the ANC stalwarts’ request that the policy conference discusses the status of the movement.
“We must deal with them. Let’s pay attention to the content [of the stalwarts’ concerns]. If we don’t go for two days [to a conference], the ANC sinks bank and we will look back and say there was an opportunity to save the ANC. I am saying this because there was a fight about the policy conference. I don’t think that is just a luxury, whether it is two days or two hours, it is their duty to do so,” he urged delegates.
Mantashe also said that the ANC ought to deal with “the trust deficit between society and itself”. He said this was necessary as the ANC always proclaims itself the leader of society.