ANC’s Mantashe has said that the ruling party can’t help but put hands over its face in shame as the DA takes credit for its works in the once ANC-controlled municipalities in Gauteng
The party veteran who was speaking at the annual conference of the Black Management Forum (BMF) held in Midrand on Wednesday, said the ruling ANC lost its control of some of its important municipalities because it failed to act firmly on allegations of mismanagement and corruption
Mantashe was speaking in reaction to the newly elected Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga‘s corruption charges against the municipality’s past administration.
The DA’s Msimanga filed criminal charges against three top officials of the City of Tshwane last month after two forensic reports implicated them in corruption allegations related to a R90-million project to revamp the city hall.
The New Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, on the other hand, has gotten rid of the Pikitup boss Amanda Nair even though she had been cleared of allegations of wrongdoing by former mayor Parks Tau.
On this, ANC’s MAntashe lashed out at previous ANC-led Tshwane administration for sitting on forensic reports into corruption within the administration ahead of the recent municipal polls.
He further said the past administration has left the party in shame especially as the DA was taking credit for acting on a report that has been instituted but not acted upon by its former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa
“You know what that says? It says the DA takes charge and takes action. The ANC does not. That must change in our party. If you have a forensic report about corruption and you decide you will act on it after the elections‚ what happens? You have a different [election] result and you can no longer act on that report.”
Mantashe encouraged the largely middle-class audience to get back in support of the ruling party as he promised them that the party would work hard to win over the crucial segment of voters.
“The black intelligentsia in Johannesburg will serve the DA with distinction. The biggest challenge of the ANC in Gauteng is to reconnect with yourselves. It is not a choice. It is an obligation‚” said ANC’s Mantashe.
On white control of private sectors in the country, Mantashe encouraged black executives to work harder to help transform the private sector‚ which still remained largely white-controlled.
He said the ANC-led national government had created enough pieces of law to make this possible and that the BMF needed to conduct themselves as agents of change.
“The ANC will create the legislative space but you must do the work. When we talk about the movement‚ we are not talking about the ANC. We are talking about the ANC leading progressive forces‚ which include the BMF. When everyone looks to the ANC to do everything‚ we know we are at our weakest. That is where we are today,” ANC’s Mantashe said.