Former director-general Sipho Pityana has revealed that during the last few days before the death of former African National Congress (ANC) heavy-weight, Makhenkesi Stofile, he lamented the leadership of the ruling party.
Speaking to 702's John Robbie, he said that he was working on saving the organisation from itself, adding further that it was 'unimagineable' that a Finance Minister faced with alleviating an economy from a possible credit ratings downgrade, had to keep watching his back with the threat of a possible arrest.
Listen to his interview below:
Pityana slammed the current leadership of the ANC under President Jacob Zuma's leadership in a 30-minute speech at Stofile's memorial service on Thursday.
The speech was met with rapturous applause from guests attending the memorial service.
"It's time for new leadership, _I am very disappointed that the president is not here because I prepared the speech in anticipation that he will be here..._Our movement is in crisis and is tried beyond question. If you doubted it, look at what happened during local government elections," Pityana said.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former President Kgalema Motlanthe, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula were in attendance.
We have had interactions with the Top 6 of the ANC. But you see, even Reverend Stofile had been writing letters and had been speaking to people.— Sipho Pityana, former Foreign Affairs DG
This moment after the local government elections means that we must come out and organise to speak out and show that the leadership moves with urgency to restore the dignity and the glory that this organisation once had.— Sipho Pityana, former Foreign Affairs DG
It's unimaginable that someone like a Parks Tau in Johannesburg is replaced by a political novice that Herman Mashaba is.— Sipho Pityana, former Foreign Affairs DG