- Speaking in Johannesburg, he said that the ANC would focus on renewing itself rather than attacking other parties
- He added that no other political party was a viable alternative for South Africa
- His words struck a contrast with the combative tone of the DA and many other ANC members
Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has said that while the ANC is campaigning it will not criticize other parties.
"I haven't attacked any other party, they're not worth attacking," Gordhan said.
He was speaking in Lenasia about the ANC's election manifesto. He admitted that the party had made mistakes and that it had serious weaknesses, but he stressed that it was improving.
He also said the ANC was going to focus on renewing itself and addressing the needs of ordinary South Africans rather than waste time by battling with other parties. He stated that most of these parties were not a viable alternative to the ANC, saying "most of them are bankrupt in terms of policy".
His comments stood in contrast to the DA's new #TheANCIsKillingUs campaign, which has directly blamed the ANC for the deaths that occurred during the Marikana massacre and the Life Esidimeni tragedy.
However, not everyone else in the ANC has adopted Gordhan's non-combative approach. Just this week, Bathabile Dlamini made headlines when she hit back at her critics within the DA, calling Mmusi Maimane "racist" and accusing women in the party of doing the "bidding of the patriarchy."
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