- ANC Gauteng deputy chair Panyaza Lesufi has weighed in on the ruling party being dragged on social media this week
- This comes after he expressed his concern over how the ANC had been drifting from the integrity of its origins
- With numerous high-ranking officials linked to tender scandals amid the Covid-19 crisis, Lesufi is concerned
ANC Gauteng deputy chairperson and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed his anguish over the party's current image in the eyes of South Africans.
In recent times a number of exposes linked high-ranking officials to Covid-19 tender scandals including President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko, Ace Magashule and Nomvula Mokonyane.
While Lesufi expressed his dismay over how the ANC was moving away from the values of its early leaders at Andrew Mlangeni's funeral, anger was rising over the apparent disregard for lockdown rules at the event.
Lesufi says that this is a far cry from the party's image when he had joined its ranks, commenting:
“When I joined the ANC many years ago, nobody ever mocked us. We used to laugh about Bantustan leaders like Lucas Mangope, Patrick Mphephu and the Matanzimas. It never occurred to me that, one day, jokes would be made about our own leaders. Who would have laughed at men like Nelson Mandela or Walter Sisulu?”
The next ANC conference, in Lesufi's opinion, would need to focus on regaining the public's trust and repairing the view that the party is corrupt.
The politician explained that the party should look more to the future than to the past, reports News24:
“I don’t take anyone seriously who says the apartheid government was better than an ANC government. But maybe we need to stop talking about how many houses we’ve built and talk instead about how many people still need houses, water and electricity.”
But the longer the ANC ignores the graft taking place, the more SA loses confidence continued Lesufi:
“No matter how good we may sound, if the elephant in the room [corruption] isn’t dealt with, people won’t see the good we’re doing. When they read the Auditor-General’s reports about wastage, irregular expenditure and other wrongdoing, it erodes public confidence in us.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported #VoetsekANC trended on Twitter as Saffas expressed their frustrations with a 'failing' and 'corrupt' government.
South Africans listed every failure the ANC had since 1994, which include a deteriorating health care system, millions still living in shacks and the constant looting of public funds.
One social media user, @kae_gea, even said the ANC is worse than the previous regime's government:
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