ANC secretary General Gwede Mantashe has lashed back at the party’s former treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, for joining in criticizing the ruling party and in the cry for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Mantashe condemned Mathew, saying he turned against the party because he failed to achieve his ambition of becoming a leader in the ANC.
He said Phosa was once part of Jacob Zuma’s national executive committee from where he decided to form something that contested (against Zuma).
He is quoted to have said:
“He wanted to be a deputy president and did not win. By implication, what it means is that unless it is him who leads the ANC, there is no ANC.”
Mathew Phosa joined in the call for change in the ruling party which he believed will be achieved only when President Jacob Zuma is unseated.
He contested the position of deputy president and was defeated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Mangaung in 2012 and in a recent interview with a news media, the veteran lamented how the party was losing power in the country due to the internal crisis the party is going through.
Mathew further described the party as one filled with corruption and impunity which needed an urgent purge.
“There is a lot of corruption. It has become systemic in municipal government‚ provincial government and national government. Corruption is systemic. And what do we do. Instead of hitting the corruption at the heart‚ we protect one another. We introduce a culture of immunity and impunity. And it’s wrong for the ANC to do that.”
When asked if he thought that he still had a big role to play in the future of the ANC, Phosa replied: “Every option is on the table. Members of the ANC should decide those questions. I will not refuse to serve in the structures of the ANC if I am asked to do so by the branches.”
Phosa also lashed at the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), following its call for an ANC elective conference, saying it was “extremely un-ANC” and asked party leaders to desist from protecting corrupt practices within the party and the country