ANC too soft on graft - Mantashe

2011-07-17 15:51

Cape Town - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has penned a document warning that the ruling party is too soft on corruption, the Sunday Independent reported.

The newspaper said Mantashe cautioned that dismissing allegations against ANC cadres was doing vast damage to the party's image.

"The many high profile cases and allegations against our comrades are not helpful. We can be dismissive of them, but the damage on the ANC image is huge," it quoted him as saying.

Mantashe reportedly made the comment in a nine-page report drafted for the ANC's lekgotla, which concludes on Sunday.

"One issue that constantly cropped up in the elections research, even among our staunchest supporters, is that the ANC is soft on corruption and looks after their own," Mantashe is further quoted as saying.

"This requires a system for processing such allegations that will send a message of an ANC that is intolerant of corruption."

The warning comes as President Jacob Zuma faces pressure to act against Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and national police commissioner Bheki Cele.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found last week that they were responsible for maladministration regarding the lease contracts for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

Cosatu and opposition parties have said Cele and the minister must resign.

  • Slapper - 2011-07-17 16:00

    Possibly because they are corrupt? Maybe they don't want to be too hard on themselves? A good Police force and justice system would see most t=of them in Jail.

      Mike Webber - 2011-07-17 17:47

      These ANC know all about each other. How many corrupt practices they've all been involved in, where the money has gone. They have to protect themselves cause if one card is pulled from the corrupt stack, then the whole house will come tumbling down. " There's no honour among thieves ..."

      Protest - 2011-07-17 18:16

      What do you mean "Possibly because they are corrupt?" The amount of dirt that was exposed up to now is proof of the rampant corruption in the ANC. What is also clear is that they are actively protecting the ones that get caught. This is very strong evidence of corruption in the ANC ranks for the ones that have not been exposed yet. No honest man (politician) would protect the ones that was exposed unless they had something to hide themselves, and how honest does that make the "honest man".

      Charles N - 2011-07-18 11:30

      I'd love to see the rest of the report. Also note that the nazis had a system "for processing such allegations that will send a message of an ANC [regime] that is intolerant of corruption." It was called the SS and their method was to destroy those that raised issues! What is Mantashe really calling for?

  • Deeteem - 2011-07-17 16:01

    So Mr"iwillnotbetoldwhattodo", WILL ANYTHING BE DONE ??

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-17 16:06

    It's bad when your own supporters start telling you what the whole country already knows. Zuma will not fire them, and they will not resign. The usual ANC tactic is to re-deploy dem corrupt cadres in anudder position.

  • call a spade - 2011-07-17 16:19

    How can the corrupt be hard on the corrupt. There are no moral grounds. The whole lot is corrupt from top to bottom. The only way will be a total goverment cleanup.

      OZNOB - 2011-07-17 16:34


  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 16:20

    Unfortunately Mr Mantashe, corruption at the top will always be perceived to justify corruption at the bottom. Zuma represents everything that is wrong with South African politics in general and the ANC in particular. He has a charge sheet as long as your arm, covering everything from racketeering to corruption to rape and yet you and your comrades saw it fit to elect this man to lead you and this country. We would have less corruption if people didn't take a partisan racist political view of it. Sadly, what we usually see is DA (whites) blaming ANC (Blacks) for corrupt practices that they engage in themselves.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 16:29

      I think you will find that because of the vigilant watchful eye the ANC keeps on the opposition parties ttrhat very little (if any) corruption actually occurs - the ANC use any perceived DA indiscretion as a means of discrediting them and labelling them as Hypocrits.

      Redwine - 2011-07-17 16:32

      Not sure what the last sentence means. Curruption will always be curruption no matter the party political association or the colour of the transgressor and all should be prosecuted regardless. Bootom line is that this is costing us the taxpayer money we can ill afford. More heartbreaking is that it takes millions more both to defend and prosecute all paid from the same pocket that was robbed in the first place.

      106SA - 2011-07-17 17:17

      Why are you living in the past!!!Yes in the past you are right but in the present I am right!!Tomorrow my kids have to go to school in an unsafe,corrupt,broken strike ridden SA.Reality and the present..get with it,and admit how the comrades like their white predecessors are RAPING the wealth of myself(the tax payer) and the country!!!

  • Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 16:25

    This statement is quite underwhelming. Until such time as they are seen to have actually taken some action to root out corruption, the whole of the ANC will continue to be perceived as being totally corrupt.

  • Fanie - 2011-07-17 16:27

    Hi nooit - rerig te sag - en daar dag ekm hulle is hardhandig met die watte swepe

  • 106SA - 2011-07-17 16:29

    Sadly....graft is the only entrepreneurial skills African leaders have.They steal and plunder!!!

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 16:58

      You mean the so called civilized white man who has stolen and plundered the wealth of the non-white countries and continents for the past centuries. This is the partisan racist view I was reffering to above.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 17:35

      @KK - there are no longer any white ;eaders in Africa! Are you living in a time warp? Look at the calendar - it is 2011. There have been no white leadfers in Africa since 1994 and this is when the infrastructure of SA started to deteriorate. It is also when the Govt coffers at all three tiers started to be looted and plundered.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 17:36

      :eaders = leaders

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 18:39

      "who has stolen and plundered", past tense in reference to that idiot going on about blacks stealing and plundering, comprehension, how had can it be. What infrastructure are you reffering to? I never experienced any of that infrastructure pre 1994.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 20:33

      @KK - if you didn't experience any of that infrastructure, what are you moaning about - you haven't lost anything (presuming you are still in a mudhut)?

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-17 16:33


  • psydomx - 2011-07-17 16:33

    Haahahahahahha too soft on graft.....hell the ANC has redefined the word.

  • sanele - 2011-07-17 17:31

    i'm an agriculturist i know how "grafting" works,you cut an unproductive scion and introduce a better scion, in this case you FIRE all useless and corrupt officials and replace them with capable and skilled people, voila!!

  • Mizer - 2011-07-17 17:34

    I cannot wait until Cele gets the boot.he is not fit for that office.He was never fit in the first place.

      Mike Webber - 2011-07-17 17:50

      Just like ever other cadre ANC deployment. They're all useless !!!

  • keng - 2011-07-17 18:15

    In the ANC a sole person (even the PREZ is not allowed to make a decision). Great start. Should have been everyone is allowed to offer input but the final decision rests with the boss. Having accepted that the ANC can't make a decision they further dilute any ruling by allowing a socialist to give input. Should they ever agree with the socialists they then want the Communists to contribute. I have never (and I think most political parties in history) heard of such a grouping to ensure that nothing gets done. They are neither fish nor fowl.They are capitalists and socialists at the same time. How do they get their heads around that!!! They all have good/bad points (and don't tell me ALL (repeat ALL) the ideas for the various organizations are wrong) but together they are going nowhere. It all boils down to ALL 3 members of the ruling alliance have absolutely no faith in their convictions. They are plainly gutless and opportunist. Corruption will reign and yes you may live in big mansions but one day will come when your children will bear the fruits of your deeds.

  • keng - 2011-07-17 18:23

    And don't tell me it's better to be in the tent pissing out, than out of the tent pissing in

  • franssmith100 - 2011-07-17 19:45

    pay back every cent earned, plus interest plus severe penalties otherwise take all their assets an sell it and jail them. but i suppose it is wishfull thinking

      JewelZA - 2011-07-17 21:01

      Put them to work fixing potholes, building houses, toilets, repairing burnt schools, libraries and other public property. They've lived in a rarefied atmosphere for too long, they've forgotten what a honest day's work is

  • Shivaskar - 2011-07-17 20:18

    These ANC thieves are like corrupted dominoes, one falls and it starts an unbreakable chain of events......So they probably decided to stick together. 'Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need Somebody to lean on Please swallow your pride If I have things you need to borrow For no one can fill those of your needs That you won't let show You just call on me brother, when you need a hand (Chorus) We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you'd understand We all need somebody to lean on' hahahahahahahaha

  • GT - 2011-07-17 20:44

    The head of UK police has resigned within 24 hours of being found to have accepted a SPA TREATMENT for free. Cele is caught up in BILLIONS of corruption and he is sitting pretty.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-07-17 20:49

    @Kunta-Kinte No infrastructure before 1994? You must then be a very recent addition to the human race.

  • JewelZA - 2011-07-17 20:59

    Well that was mildly put, Mr Mantashe. We mere mortals perceive it as a way of life for the ANC. It's impossible to demand a moral code of an organisation that has no concept of morality.

  • Voyager - 2011-07-17 21:19

    The cANCer is always talking about things they are going to do, instead of just doing them!

  • Saffer - 2011-07-17 22:06

    ... sez Mantashe!! who helped Jacob Zuma avoid corruption charges by becoming president!

  • KFACTOR - 2011-07-17 22:55

    Kwame Nkrumah was said to be the most vocal on anti-corruption rhetoric, yet he was the most corrupt individual in Ghana between 1952 and 1966. Marginalized masses in Ghana still hail him as their hero today. Talk is cheap, Gwede.

  • Mordred - 2011-07-18 07:46


  • KrayZee - 2011-07-18 08:16

    Recent ANC history is littered with this phenomonen (it is an ANC tendency). Dropping charges against Zuma was one of the worst examples of what you are on about here, Mantashe. Your so called "national democratic movement" has become a gang of "predatory hyenas" preying on the expectations of the poor masses; using their hope-filled voting power election after election to line their own pockets and those of a connected few in the name of democracy. If you are serious about your statement, what you need to do is to co-erce like thinking members with integrity in your party to join together and use the upcoming NEC to take control of the situation and give South Africa the corruption free government it deserves - remember Polokwane? The government needs to have South Africa's interests at heart, not the ANC's or the ANCYL's or Cosatu's or the SACP's.

  • Sceptic - 2011-07-18 09:47

    The ANC has probably lost track of the thousands of graft activities all its members are involved in!

  • Sputs - 2011-07-18 16:51

    Thuli Madonsela's report on the SAPS lease runs up to 132 pages. The report has been given to jz who will "study" it before he comments/acts on it. Given the complex nature of the report, and jz's not so complex mind, I reckon he will only provide comments roundabout six months from now, since it will take him one day to read one page of the report, make written comments on that page, scratch his head a few times, trying to figure out what that one page turns on, and so overrun the exercise into the next day and so on, thus taking more days to complete the task.

  • george60 - 2011-07-20 10:52

    Seems nobody in the ANC has the guts to take action, or is it a case shutup I can loose my job or place in the line to the gravy pot? Also the main man Zuma is gutsless and is telling the rest of Africa how to run their countries? I wonder what is mr Mandela is thinking about this circus? Every time is just new clowns that are coming aboard? Its a bloody SHAME for our country we have gone from something to nothing? All this mud slinging between senior cadres Goverment, who will come and invest in our country?

  • gatvol. - 2011-07-20 12:02

    i thought sicelo shiceka, was also mentioned in some malpractices a few months back. what happened with his story. anc is the best when it comes to diversion tactics. now we got cele and madonsela, pretty soon something will be done to draw attention away from them.

  • gatvol. - 2011-07-20 12:11

    and ppl stop being narrow minded and labelling all blacks as ANC supporters. there are whites, indians, chinese, coloureds, balcks in that party. just as there are all races in DA, ID, COPE, UDM, AZAPO, PAC and so forth. dont let your racial bias distort your intelligence. we all equal as the human race, skin color has no influence on how you conduct yourself. for that matter in my farm my black bulls mate my white cows and the end product is still a calf. white woman black man they will produce a human being trust yourself.

  • Danny - 2011-07-24 16:51

    Mantashe, you know exactly what you are talking about as you have first hand knowledge and experience! Let's see what you do about it besides trying to score political points.

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