- Gwede Mantashe has amended his previous statement that the Zuma years were not a waste, saying that only the last four years of the administration were wasted
- He also doubled down on his defence of some aspects of the Zuma presidency
- Mantashe added that "free thinking" within the ANC was important
Gwede Mantashe has said that only the last four years of the Zuma presidency were a waste.
He made the comments while addressing the media on Thursday.
Mantashe had previously defended the Zuma years, saying that the claim that the Zuma presidency amounted to "nine wasted years" was a myth.
Both Cyril Ramaphosa and Tito Mboweni had described Zuma's time in office was "wasted years", Briefly.co.za learned.
Mantashed criticised those who made comments implying that the Zuma years were a waste, saying it created the impression that nothing was achieved, according to City Press.
Mantashe went on to defend some aspects of the Zuma presidency, saying that government had made strides in addressing the HIV/Aids crisis and improving rural development, among other issues.
His comments echoed recent remarks made by Jacob Zuma himself, where he said that his administration's track record was better than many made it out to be, particularly when it came to agriculture and higher education.
Mantashe also said that it was important that there was "free thinking" within the ANC. He said that members of the NEC disagreed about how good or bad the Zuma years were, and that this disagreement was a matter of analysis rather than policy.
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