Man­tashe fires shots at ‘com­rades’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - GE­ORGE MATLALA

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.

PIC­TURE: NOKUTHULA MBATHA/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY/ANA

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.

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