Motlanthe remains a critical opinion maker - ANC

2015-11-02 17:45
Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: AFP)

Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has always been a voice of reason and at the forefront of raising pertinent questions within the ANC, the ruling party said on Monday.

"He remains a critical opinion maker on how we as the ANC should confront internal challenges on matters that, if unattended, could materialise as future problems," ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"The ANC embraces his forthrightness and willingness to provide leadership beyond formal structures of the organisation."

The ANC's comments come after Motlanthe was interviewed by Business Day.

In the interview, he spoke on a number of issues including the tripartite alliance, the state of the ANC, its leaders and members.

During the interview Motlanthe pulled no punches.

He claimed that the ANC was currently made up mostly of members and leaders "devoid of the kind of political ability and consciousness required to maintain a united and non-racial society", Business Day reported.

He said internal democracy in the party was impaired.

Motlanthe also said the tripartite alliance - between the ANC, SA Communist Party and Congress of SA Trade Unions - was dead and anyone who believed otherwise was delusional.

The alliance only existed in name, he told the newspaper.

Motlanthe, who has served as secretary general of the ANC and deputy president, left the leadership structures of the party after the 2012 Mangaung elective conference. 

'I really don't want to be part of that leadership'

Cosatu, in response to Motlanthe's comments, said it was regrettable that the former deputy president - who was also a former National Union of Mineworkers general secretary - had ignored the facts and rather sounded a death knell for the alliance.

"Comrade Motlanthe is one of the longest serving former leaders of the alliance. We expect him to know that the tripartite alliance was never perfect and no one ever claimed it was," spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said in a statement.

"It was not perfect when he was leading the NUM and the ANC and it is still not perfect now."

After being defeated by Zuma for the position of president, Motlanthe declined nomination for deputy president and nomination to the ANC's national executive committee (NEC).

In a video clip of the interview with Business Day, Motlanthe said he declined nomination because: "I served as the secretary general of the ANC. I was well aware of the procedures, I know the constitution of the ANC and my sense was... I can't serve in an organisation that does not respect [its] constitution.

"To be honest I knew I really don't want to be part of that leadership," he said when asked whether that was why he declined.

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