With only 4 days to go until the much anticipated 54th African National Congress (ANC) Elective Conference, there is a lot of loose ends to tie up before the conference. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says that they are wroking hard to making sure that everything is verified and sorted ahead of the conference.
Despite this, Mantashe, believes that the ANC will hold on to power come 2019. He says that party are not only looking to the conference, but to the 2019 election - all their decisions are based on this.
The ANC will come through this conference a better ANC, and it will go ahead and win the election in 2019.— Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General
One of the biggest issues, is the various court battles that occurred in the provincial branches. For Mantashe, while these issues need to be dealt with, there is not time to link these issues to the conference.
He says the conference comes first, and once it is over they can deal with these issues.
We can't link [these issues] to the conference. If you do that, you are saying that the three days which are left must be spent negotiating. Do not have time for that.— Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General
We must look one another in the eyes and deal with the issues.— Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General
In the next few days, the ANC will be finishing up verification of all delegates that are attending the conference. Mantashe says that any member who is not verified will not attend, and the only way delegates can be replaced is death, death in the family or a illness with proof of a doctor's certificate.
Another issue that has cropped up is members buying and selling votes. Mantashe says that this is corruption point blank.
Delegates must know that selling votes is corruption number 2. You are actually busy with an exercise of destroying the ANC from within.— Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General
He adds that the work Parliaments Portfolio committees are doing to combat corruption is encouraging and that they do need to work hard to expel this from the ANC.
Corruption is not a narrative. It is an act of individual members at various levels.— Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General
As out going Secretary General, Mantashe hope his two terms in the position will reflect his work to keep the ANC together despite all the difficulties it faced.
I think, what I want to be known for is that we did everything at the centre, to keep the ANC together, when it could have torn itself apart.— Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General
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