ANC not planning to be a rural party, says Mantashe


The ANC has no plans of becoming a rural party, outgoing ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told the media today.

Outgoing ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe address the media for the last time as the ANC Secretary General as Zizi Kodwa looks on during the 54th ANC National Elective Conference.
Picture: MASI LOSI

 “We don’t want to be a rural party. We want to regain the lost ground,” he said while addressing the media at Nasrec where the party is having its 54th national elective conference.

He said despite the party losing some metros during  last year’s local government elections, when the party continues to convene policy conferences, reviews outcomes of each election and elect new leaders, the aim is to craft a new growth path, to ensure the party remains at the helm.

Mantashe said the party was in no position to declare it has come “to the end of life. Let us finish ourselves. That is not what we are working towards,” he added.

This year marked the 10th year of the Cala-born leader being in Luthuli House as the ANC “chief opperations office”.

He described his term of office as quite a challenging period as he had to deal with several scandals including the Nkandla scandal, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s state of capture report as well as string of court cases the party’s President Jacob Zuma has been dealing with during his last term of office in particular.