ANC can’t remain static: Mantashe

2012-04-14 08:11

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the party could not be expected to remain a static organisation, but should adapt itself to the current conditions facing the world.

Speaking at the memorial lecture to honour the party’s fourth president, Josiah Dube, in Nyanga on the Cape Flats yesterday, Mantashe said the ANC of today and yesteryear could not be the same.

“The ANC is not dead, only a dead organisation remains static and doesn’t adapt and adjust,” he said. “If you want the ANC you joined some 40 years ago, you will not find it.

“You must adapt and adjust ANC to the current conditions. It is an organisation that is living. That is having the capacity to self-correct and cleanse itself.”

Mantashe also spoke on factionalism, saying it was the biggest threat to the ANC and as big a problem as it was in 1959 when the Pan Africanist Congress walked out of the ANC.

“The problem of factions is that they are narrow ...and intolerant. Factions don’t discuss politics, factions always discuss names,” he said.

On Tuesday the ANC released its organisational renewal document aimed at addressing its weaknesses. The document identifies factionalism as one of the problems the ruling party wants to tackle.

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