- Thabo Mbeki has called for 'renewal' of the ANC in order to meet the challenges facing South Africa head-on
- The ex-president is adamant that progression for the nation will not be possible without change in the ruling party
- This message was delivered during the late Andrew Mlangeni's funeral on Wednesday
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Thabo Mbeki joined the nation in bidding late struggle veteran Andrew Mlangeni farewell during the funeral service on Wednesday. The ex-president addressed attendants from his home, calling for change within the ANC in order for SA to progress:
“It will not be possible to deal with all the challenges our country faces, including the matter of ethical leadership, unless we renew the ANC, as was called for by the 54th national conference. If we do that, this should be a very good farewell and a good memory to such an outstanding leader as Mlangeni was.”
Mbeki says that Mlangeni had been concerned about the future of the party before his passing:
“He was very concerned about his movement, the ANC. He was concerned about what is happening in our country with regards to the revolution for which he sacrificed his life. He was concerned there was a loss of confidence in the ANC because of corruption, nepotism, arrogance, manipulative organisational principles and abuse of state power."
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The former president feels that the ANC should mean it when they say Mlangeni should rest in peace:
“We must say those things because we are committing ourselves to the renewal of the ANC, about which he was concerned. As we say rest in peace, we say rest in peace as we attend to this challenge."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC has been facing backlash over allegations of flouting lockdown regulations during the Soweto ceremony.
Hundreds of citizens flocked to the event which drew numerous high-ranking officials, including President Cyril Ramaphosa himself. Despite the controversy, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula insists that the situation had been under control:
“There was no commotion, there was order. People had their masks on, there was sanitiser. I’ve seen the criticism and it happens all the time. It was not a planned act at all, people are acting on assumptions."
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