At Last, ANC Stalwart Tells Why Frustrated Members Vented Their Spleen In Public


One of three remaining ANC members who were part of the Rivonia trial, Denis Goldberg has bared it all on why some senior members of the ruling party took to the public to vent their anger.

According to Goldberg, the frustrated members went public simply because “the ANC refused to listen”.

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The ANC stalwart divulged that on several occasions, the ruling party refused to listen to member’s concerns when raised. He said at other times, the leadership downplayed or bluntly pushed them off – in a bid to protect Zuma.

Goldberg told reporters: “You don’t want to listen to us, who will you listen to? We will go public. You don’t want to hear us, so we will be part of this growing stream of people saying enough is enough.”

He said those who expressed their bitterness in public are not against the ANC, rather, they were people who could no longer swallow the shame.

Goldberg’s assertion comes barely days after ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu took to the public, calling on President Zuma to step down. The Chief Whip didn’t only ask for Zuma’s removal, he also called on ANC National Executive Committee to follow suit for dragging the party’s name in the mud and performing poorly at the polls.

Although Mthembu found himself on the firing line after the perceived “derogatory” remarks, he is, however, hopeful that things will turn in his favour.

On Gordhan’s long-running battle with Hawks and NPA, Mthembu said the finance minister’s charges are being politically motivated. He reiterated his earlier remarks that he would support Gordhan who is due to appear in court on November 2.

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Other people who took to the public to vent their dissatisfaction with the ANC includes 101 long-standing ANC members of the ANC. The group on Thursday asked the Zuma-led administration to change its ways to regain society’s trust.

Rivonia Trial defendant Denis Goldberg, former National Assembly speaker Frene Ginwala, and former ministers Trevor Manuel, Essop Pahad, and Siphiwe Nyanda amongst others form part of the group.