- Newly elected ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe says the party needs to undergo a self-correction programme to undo past mistakes
- Mantashe says issues such as centralisation of power need to be resolved before the 2019 election
- He said the ANC should work towards a holistic rectification programme
Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson Gwede Mantashe said the ruling party needed to acknowledge past mistakes and undergo a self-correction programme to undo those mistakes.
Mantashe said issues such as the centralisation of power needed to be resolved before the critical 2019 general elections. This comes as calls from within the ANC increase for the newly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) to remove President Jacob Zuma from office.
Mantashe said idolising the leadership structures of the party supported the notion of centralised power and could only serve to set the NEC up for failure. He said: “But if you’re going to put that leadership and expect it to be messiahs, you’re putting that leadership up for failure.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mantashe said ANC members should work towards a holistic rectification programme. He said the party would not rectify its situation unless it undertook a holistic approach to the problem.
Mantashe speaking at the South African Communist Party’s(SACP) 23rd commemoration event in honour of struggle hero, Joe Slovo, said he understood that ANC members had high expectations of their new leaders but he said those leaders needed to be given time.
Last week Mantashe called on ANC members to stop using President Zuma’s name for their own purposes.
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