- Mantashe warned that the ANC has become associated with corruption and theft
- He called on delegates to choose leaders who have the ANC's interests at heart
- The secretary-general urged those who voted for the deputy president to keep the unity and succession of the party in mind
Briefly.co.za learned that Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary-general, has called on South Africans to endorse leaders who have the country and their party's best interest at heart.
Ewn.co.za has learned that Mantashe was addressing delegates at the Western Cape branch's special provincial general counsel, where he acknowledged the challenges facing the party.
The reputational damage suffered in recent months has led the ANC being seen as 'equal to corruption and looting' according to Mantashe.
Cyril Ramaphosa has received the most branch nominations to become the next ANC president at the elective conference in December, only a few weeks away.
Mantashe has received tremendous support for his nomination as ANC national chairperson Lindiwe Sisulu has been nominated as deputy president.
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“When we elect the deputy president at the coming conference, we must have succession in mind. If we don’t, we'll just be keeping seats. We’ll have a crisis at the next conference.” Mantashe warned this was the case with this year's elective conference when Jacob Zuma said that being the deputy president does not guarantee succession.
The secretary-general called on delegates to help improve the party, unite it and make it stronger.
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