The ANC top brass has been in a protracted battle to convince president Jacob Zuma, as he was viewed as being the stumbling block to the party’s renewal and its prospects in next year’s general election due to his implication in corruption allegations.
Mantashe called on the new leadership not to be scared to take bold and unpopular decision if it was in the interest of the ANC.
"When elected to lead, fear is a sickness. You will commit mistakes, stumble & listen to everything that is said to you. As leaders, all 86 not just 6, we must be fearless. We must take difficult decisions. We must also be able to analyse risks,” Mantashe said.