- Kgalema Motlanthe says that the ANC needs to lose an election in order to reexamine where it has gone wrong
- He also said that this year's election would be tough for all parties
- Additionally, the former president pointed out that many voters would be young people who would be scrutinising the parties closely
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has said that the ANC needs to lose power in order to reflect on itself.
He added that he was confident that the ruling party would be forced to reassess itself after the May election.
However, Motlanthe acknowledged that the ANC needed to "revamp and re-energise".
He made the comments in an interview with Eyewitness News at the launch of one of his foundation's new initiatives.
Motlanthe also said that this year's elections would be difficult for all parties, because the majority of registered voters are people who will be voting for the first time.
He pointed out that many have no sentimental attachment to any party.
As a result, he said the ANC was trying to present a united front in order to win votes. Nevertheless, Motlanthe said he believed that after the elections, the party would take some of its members to task.
"There must be no holy cows," he said.
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Motlanthe went on to say that an effective election campaign required people coming together and pooling their ideas. In particular, the former president stressed that winning the election demanded that everyone in the party behave properly and do their duties.
"Everyone knows if they don't pull their weight it may cost the party very dearly," Motlanthe said.
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