Cape Town - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe addressing the Western Cape’s 182 delegates headed to the party’s December conference said the biggest challenge facing the party was its image and reputation which was seen as equal to corruption, looting and nepotism.
He was addressing 182 of the ANC’s Western Cape branch delegates at the party’s provincial general council where it officially would endorse candidates for the party’s leadership at its December elective conference.
“The problem of the ANC (is), the policies of the ANC are correct but the challenge is this image and reputation of the movement.
“Now, as we nominate leaders we must know that society must see us as beginning to pull an effort to correct that reputation, that is what should inform our nomination of a leadership collective,” said Mantashe.
Mantashe’s comments come as President Jacob Zuma has been implicated in corruption at Eskom. Last week former Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi described how he was threatened and harangued to get rid of executives at the instruction of former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni and one of the Gupta brothers while Zuma was present.
Mantashe said: “When you loot state resources, some would say we’re stealing from government.
“The reality is that you’re not stealing from government, you’re stealing from the poor because you are limiting the capacity of the State to deliver services,” said Mantashe.
He said the inquiry into state capture at Eskom was “a necessary process to get to the depth of the truth”.
“What we do with it, at the end of that process is a different matter but the process is quite important because it avoids witch hunting,” said Mantashe.
He said the party’s December conference would be an important milestone in the rectification of “the mistakes that we have committed”.
“Correctification of a process is not like rectifying a mistake in natural science, in natural science you mix water and syrup and you produce a colddrink, if the quantity of the syrup is small you increase it. In social problems you don’t do that, you commit yourself to the rectification, you do many things, it takes time to give you the results,” said Mantashe.