South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) is likely to recover all the constituencies it lost in the past elections, a party official said Monday.
Gwede Mantashe, the outgoing ANC General Secretary, made the remarks when addressing the media in Johannesburg on Monday on the sidelines of the 54th national congress. Mantashe was addressing the media for the last time as the ANC secretary general.
Last year, the ANC lost three strategic municipals to the opposition during the local government elections. These are Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and the capital, Tshwane.
Mantashe said, “We want ANC to regain lost ground. We have to regain the lost metros. We want a strong ANC, we have to work hard to win them and improve on our performance. We want a better ANC. A better ANC is good for the country. ANC is taken as a trail blazer and leader of society and that should not be taken for granted, even investors are talking about this conference.”
He said the new leadership particularly the incoming general secretary should hit the ground running, should be accessible and not take self as an institution. The leaders must allow themselves to be insulted, spoken about but still continue to engage. Those deployed in government should perform.
He said the conference also discussed the state capture where business is alleged to be influencing the appointment of government officials.
Mantashe said they have managed to eliminate factionalism which had threatened to tear the organization. Enditem