We are not a party centred on an individual – Mantashe

2016-04-01 22:34
(SABC News)

(SABC News)

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Johannesburg – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Friday that President Jacob Zuma was not above the party.

“He is not above the ANC, he is the president of the ANC alongside a collective,” Mantashe told reporters at the party’s headquarters.

Mantashe was reacting to a question about Zuma being above the organisation and having cost the party voters.

He said that was not the case.

“We are not a party that revolves around a leader. If there is a loss of votes, I also can’t be exonerated; I am part of that leadership collective. We can’t stand on the side and be clean and say the one who is standing in dirty water is President Zuma. If we lose votes, we lose votes as a collective. We are part of the collective that is elected with comrade Zuma,” said Mantashe.

“We are not a party of saints. We are a party of human beings who are given tasks and, from time to time, we make mistakes."

Mantashe held the press briefing to show that the party put its weight behind Zuma following the Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla matter, which found he had failed to uphold and protect the Constitution.

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