In an exclusive interview with EWN reporter Clement Manyathela, African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize said that some of the comments made by ANC members about junk status need to be discussed by the party's highest decision-making body.
Manyathela says Mkhize described comments made by ANC members minimising the effect of junk status as "reckless".
These are the comments that have worried a lot of ANC leaders.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Mkhize spoke about issues that have arisen with the leadership of President Jacob Zuma.
Mkhize spoke a lot about how the country needs a leader who is going to unite the ANC...— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Mkhize was very vocal shortly after President Zuma fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and reshuffled his Cabinet, criticising the moves.
He actually came out saying the President has decided to go out on his own and deprived the leadership of the party of its responsibility to advice him.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
After that Mkhize and other critics retracted.
Manyathela ended the interview by asking if Mkhize intended to stand for the position of ANC president or deputy president and if he would agree to serve.
I will not answer that question. Your timing is not good to ask such a question. When the nominations get done that is the time when we are expected to answer such a question.— Zweli Mkhize, ANC Treasurer General
Manyathela says Mkhize could have said, like other have done, that he will not stand, but instead chose to play his cards close to his chest.
Listen below to hear snippets of EWN's Clement Manyathela interview with Zweli Mkhize:
Watch the interview Stephen Grootes did with the ANC treasurer general below: