ANC Leadership Race – The ruling party’s secretary general, Gwede Mantashe has debunked rumours that he has plans to stand with other candidates for the post of ANC president.
Mantashe, while speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said he’s not interested and also “available” to become the ruling party’s next president, deputy president, treasurer-general in the upcoming ANC elective conference.
The Cala-born politician, who has been in the eye of the storm since Cyril Ramaphosa publicly declared him as a member of his presidential slate, also admitted that he is not available for the post of the secretary-general again.
An honest Mantashe confessed that he’s not good at handling money and doing fundraising, hence, the reason he won’t fill in the post of the treasurer-general.
“…I am not available to be treasurer general because the ANC would be bankrupt within three months. [It] is my weakest point, handling money and doing fundraising. The ANC knows that and I told them…”
Nevertheless, the ANC spin doctor remarked that he’s prepared to serve at any structure of the ANC where he’s elected and that he might “possibly” serve as the next chairperson of the ruling party if given a chance.
Last week, we reported that presidential hopeful Ramaphosa publicly named Mantashe as his preferred candidate for ANC’s next chairperson. Consequently, this led to ANC structures, including the ANCWL and ANCYL slamming the deputy president for making the declarations.
With Mantashe’s assertion on his chairperson ambition, many inferred that he has indirectly accepted his nomination on CR17’s campaign slate.
The secretary-general, in his conclusion, also shared his thought on the number of ANC top leaders standing for the presidency.
He described the leadership race which has six people racing to emerge the next president as “a stampede”
“I made an announcement quite early that when there were five, six, seven [people running for president] and said this is a stampede, even if I had an interest and joined that stampede I would have made the life of the ANC more difficult,” Mantashe added.
Recently, Mantashe has been rowing hard for Ramaphosa to replace President Jacob Zuma, a move that showed his preference for Ramaphosa over Dlamini-Zuma in this race.
During ANC’s national working committee meeting over the weekend, multiple sources reported that Gwede Mantashe was attacked in for his actions at the Eastern Cape conference, as well as his pronouncements on the KwaZulu-Natal appeal.
Some NWC members argued his actions showed he was biased and should be suspended. But we can confirm that Mantashe was not finally suspended, as speculated before the conclusion of the meeting.