- African National Congress national chairperson Gwede Mantashe called for members to protect the president at all costs
- He said that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his office need to be protected to prevent the ANC from becoming weaker
- The minister also slammed party leaders who publicly criticise the ANC when they are aggrieved about certain aspects
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FREE STATE - African National Congress national chairperson Gwede Mantashe reminded party members about the importance of protecting the president.
He was addressing the ninth ANC Free State provincial elective conference at the Imvelo Safari Lodge in Mangaung, on Saturday, 21 January when he made the remarks. Mantashe’s comments left citizens fuming, with many convinced that he is encouraging ANC members to support corruption.
The ruling party’s national chairperson said that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his office need to be protected to prevent the ANC from becoming weaker. He also touched on the reason why he offered support to former President Jacob Zuma amid the Nkandla scandal, according to TimesLIVE.
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Mantashe said it was the secretary-general’s responsibility to rubbish claims of corruption related to the president. He said the ANC does not have a leader, but a leadership made up of a pyramid of people that should be protected.
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The minister also slammed party leaders who publicly criticise the ANC when they are aggrieved about certain aspects. He said it was a “bad tendency” to insult the ANC since it makes it seem as if the party was finished.
News24 reported that Mantashe said that the ANC will not be finished by 2024. He also added that ANC members focus on “Mickey-Mouse parties” instead of renewing the organisation.
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“Protect it from who? your own ANC members - not unless it was opposition it would have weight. From your own. It is confusing indeed - where do you draw a line?”
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“Finally, Gwede Mantashe has conceded that the ANC protects and promotes wrongdoing and corruption amongst its ranks!”
“Has this clown become ANC? So he abandoned the SACP.”
“The ANC is a funny organisation. How can members have the latitude to harass their president? In many organisations, it is the president who harasses members. Instead of crying like babies, Mantashe, as part of leadership, must expel the rotten potatoes. Zuma, Tony, Supra, Ace etc.”
“Protect comrades! Screw citizens!”
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Briefly News also reported that two Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) are challenging President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe over the country's energy planning.
The South African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI) and the Green Connection are demanding that Ramaphosa and Mantashe move ahead with legislation that will address the energy crisis.
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According to News24, the NPOs in their court application want section 6 of the National Energy Act to be brought into action which will allow for the Integrated Energy Plan to be developed.
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Source: Briefly News