Mantashe fires shots at ‘comrades’
ANC CHAIRPERSON Gwede Mantashe says there were leaders in government who were appointing their own people into state owned enterprises and departments in a rush just before Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa becomes head of state.
Mantashe yesterday reiterated his warning that the biggest challenge facing the ANC was an image and reputation of an organisation that was corrupt.
“The biggest challenge facing the ANC today, more than policies, more than implementation, more than programmes, is to rid itself of the image and reputation of being corrupt. When it rids itself of corruption, it will appreciate the fact that state capture is not a myth,” he said.
“It is a reality, where people want to appoint directors general in a rush; want to appoint directors of SOEs in a rush so that before Cyril takes responsibility, they have put their own people (in). It is a corrupt activity, that kind of appointment, because all you are doing, you are electing a president in Nasrec and you are putting up brackets around him,” he added.
Mantashe was addressing the commemoration event of the late SACP leader Joe Slovo at the Avalon Cemetery in Soweto.
The former secretary-general of the ANC and former chairperson of the SACP said the ANC had to act on the challenges affecting it.
“I am declaring here comrades, we cannot go further down from where we are. We are at our lowest, we are at our weakest, we must just recover,” he said.
Yesterday Cosatu and the SACP once again called for the establishment of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande slammed President Jacob Zuma for appealing the recent ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on state capture which set aside the president’s review application of former public protector Thuli Madonsela on state capture.
“We don’t understand why the president is appealing this. This appeal by the president compromises the integrity of the African National Congress. Why is the president appealing this thing because it is clear that he is conflicted,” he said.
Solly Mapaila at the 23rd Joe Slovo Commemoration. Slovo died on January 6, 1995. At the time of his death he was the general secretary of the SACP and an ANC NEC member.