Ar­ro­gance is cost­ing the ANC dearly: Mboweni

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — For­mer Re­serve Bank gover­nor Tito Mboweni has la­belled Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane a “cow­boy” af­ter he seem­ingly wrongly claimed that he had Cabi­net back­ing for a con­tentious de­ci­sion to in­sti­tute a ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion to probe banks.

Mboweni, an ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­ber, told party mem­bers dur­ing a post­elec­tion as­sess­ment meet­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg that it was bizarre for Cabi­net to be get­ting con­cerned about what hap­pens to one com­pany (the Gup­tas’ Oak­bay Re­sources and En­ergy).

Speak­ing frankly, he said the ANC had “lost the elec­tions” and no ex­pla­na­tion could jus­tify the loss.

“All the ma­jor cities have been lost to the op­po­si­tion and we are now the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion,” he said.

He said, eco­nom­i­cally, out of ev­ery R100, the ANC had lost R85, which he de­scribed as be­ing a gov­ern­ing party with­out eco­nomic power.

Speak­ing at the Houghton Pri­mary School, Mboweni said the ar­ro­gance among some ANC lead­ers was cost­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion dearly and some­thing ur­gent had to be done ahead of the 2019 elec­tions.

“Af­ter the elec­tions, we said we would re­flect, hum­ble our­selves and go back to the vot­ers. But that is not hap­pen­ing,” he said, while mak­ing a ref­er­ence to Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane’s lat­est com­ments. He ac­cused Zwane of be­hav­ing like a “cow­boy”. Mboweni said as the elec­tion re­sults were be­ing re­leased, he re­ceived a call from mem­bers of the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF).

“They said we could help run Joburg, but Zuma had to go. I told them I would pass the mes­sage, which I did. They [other ANC lead­ers] told me we didn’t want to talk to those young peo­ple. We ended up with Her­man [Mashaba],” he said.

The EFF has al­ways made it clear that they did not like Mashaba tak­ing over Jo­han­nes­burg, but voted for him as mayor to un­seat the ANC, which they de­scribed as be­ing the worst devil.

“Young peo­ple have left us. The EFF is here to stay and they are bit­ing us. These young peo­ple are en­er­getic and have been trained by the ANC,” he said.

The fac­tions within the ANC were very se­ri­ous and had caused se­ri­ous di­vi­sions, he said.

“In 2012, the NEC passed a res­o­lu­tion to do away with fac­tions. But the same NEC was fac­tional.”

In al­lud­ing to the al­leged votes for cash, Mboweni said he heard that there was a lot of money at the con­fer­ence.

“Where did these peo­ple get the money from? At least I know where it is printed,” he said, jok­ingly.

He said SMSes were al­ready do­ing the rounds re­gard­ing the sug­ges­tion of an early con­fer­ence by the ANC Youth League.

He said the mes­sages al­leged that the league wanted to test the wa­ters and were aimed at en­sur­ing that when that hap­pened, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would be elected as pres­i­dent of the ANC, while Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza would be her deputy. — AFP

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