- The ANC is not impressed with Trevor Manuel's comment that it had reigned over 'almost 30 wasted years'
- Spokesperson Pule Mabe says the remarks hint that SA's problems only started when the ANC came into power
- Mabe insists that the quality of life in the country has improved since 1994
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The ANC has responded to Trevor Manuel's comment that the party had led SA for 'almost 30 waster years' and the party isn't impressed with this less than flattering opinion.
Spokesperson Pule Mabe says that the ex-NEC member's comments attempted to paint a picture wherein issues such as poverty and unemployment only started in 1994 when the ANC came into power.
Mabe is adamant that the nation's longest-serving Finance Minister since the dawn of democracy should understand, better than anyone, that this insinuation simply isn't true.
The ANC spokesperson insists that the party had inherited these issues from the apartheid regime:
“Since the democratic breakthrough of 1994, the people of SA have entrusted the ANC government with the responsibility to transform the economy and create a better life for all. Since 1994, the quality of life of South Africans has shown tremendous improvement."
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Mabe warned Manuel against falling into the trap he claims is being laid on social media as the ANC's image takes a beating:
“There is absolutely no basis to portray a doom-laden picture of the country to the media and to the outside world. We urge Manuel not to fall into this trap."
The spokesperson insists that the 'attacks' on the ruling party have been unwarranted, defending the ANC as being led by “responsible stewardship over the country’s resources through growth, clean governance, innovation and empowerment”.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa himself has confronted the ANC on mounting allegations of corruption amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Ramaphosa claims that the numerous corruption allegations against party members have caused the ANC to feel great shame:
“It said these developments cause us ‘collectively to dip our heads in shame and to humble ourselves before the people’. The NEC recognised that it had a clear mandate from the 54th National Conference to deal decisively with corruption and to restore the integrity and values of the ANC. It said this is a responsibility it cannot defer, outsource or avoid. Now is the time, the NEC has resolved, to make a break with the past and to act.”
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