Former president Kgalema Motlanthe says the only way the ANC can keep its supporters is by showing ‘convincing remorse’ over Nkandla.
He iterated that truth and a deep remorse are the only factors that can bring back the confidence and love the ruling party once enjoyed from its supporters.
The ANC veteran urged the ANC not to pay deaf ears to corrective measures on Nkandla but to apply their heart to them and also draw the right lessons out of the errors.
“If you don’t learn from mistakes, then chances are that you will repeat those mistakes and of course the electorate, the nation at large, will only go along with the ANC if indeed it’s convincing in its contrition, not only by words but in action,” he said.
While speaking to journalists in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night after he had delivered a keynote address in honour of three ANC stalwarts at the John Nkadimeng branch in the suburb, Motlanthe called on the ANC not to shy away from taking responsibilities.
Touching on the need for young blood in the ANC, he stressed that electing young people to leadership positions will help the party overcome certain challenges.
He described the intention of young people as very ‘pure’, adding that their energy, fresh ideas, and innovative minds go a long way in reviving organizations.
Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also a resident of the ward, also used the occasion to endorse ANC candidate Stanley Letsoalo for next month’s by-elections, imploring residents to vote for Letsoalo.
The colourful event was hosted to honor ANC stalwarts and renowned poets such as Wally Serote and Mandla Langa, who made laudable contributions to the fight against apartheid using arts.
On March 31, 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that the president, Jacob Zuma, failed to uphold the constitution when he ignored a state order to repay some of the government funds used for a £11m upgrade to his private residence, including a swimming pool and an amphitheater.
The court also ruled that parliament, which is dominated by the ruling African National Congress, had failed in its obligations by not holding Zuma to account.
Zuma was ordered to personally pay back the cost of those improvements to his residence, Nkandla, that were not essential for security, including a cattle enclosure, a visitor center, and a chicken run – in what was a costly judgment for Zuma in financial and political terms.
In a unanimous judgment, the 11 constitutional court justices said a damning 2014 report by the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, into the upgrade was legally binding and that remedial action should have been upheld.
The case was brought by Madonsela alongside the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters party.
In a statement, the ANC at the time said it respected the unanimous judgment adding that it has learned lessons from the debacle.
Apart from Kgalema Motlanthe, several ANC veterans have continued to speak out against Zuma’s scandalous government which continues to bring the party into disrepute.