- Ex-deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas says that the ANC has no vision and is no longer a suitable leader for society
- Jonas said that the current ANC leadership is not the same as the one that was in power in 1994
- He said that the country should look at a growth model that will assist in eliminating the high level of unemployment in the country
Former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas has come out and said that the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) has no vision and is not a suitable leader for society. Jonas said that the party is not what it once was when they assumed power in 1994.
He said this when he was delivering a speech at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. During his speech, he took the time to compare the current ANC leadership to the one of 26 years ago. Jonas reflected on how the ANC has only managed to create a "black elite".
"A small but powerful black elite was created through boardroom deals and access to state rents. This fragile consensus held together for the first two decades of freedom but has rapidly unraveled since then," said Jonas.
The former deputy minister maintains that the ANC has not done much for the poor and has failed to choose the right people to lead the party forward.
He said that it was unfortunate that after 26 years of being a democracy, the country still had nobody to lead and still had issues with inequality. Jonas added that the country should start looking at a growth model that will alleviate the high levels of unemployment.
"We no longer have the same kind of credible and embedded political agency to lead us," he said.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Thabo Mbeki says that we need heroes like Tambo and Barayi more than ever. Former President Thabo Mbeki has said that in order for South Africa to overcome the challenges it faces today, it needs heroes such as Oliver Thambo and Eliha Barayi.
Mbeki is the Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA). Eliha Barayi, James Motlatsi and Mavuso Msimang were being honoured at the ceremony where UNISA bestowed honorary degrees on them.
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