Greed devouring the ANC - Mantashe

2013-01-09 12:45

Johannesburg - Greed and corruption in the ANC are devouring the party, according to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

The African National Congress had to ensure it rooted out greed and corruption so that its members were people of value, Mantashe said in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday, according to a report in The Times.

"[Greed] is eating [the ANC] to death," he reportedly said. "[Some ANC members] have become like mice in a cheese factory."

He said the newly elected ANC national executive committee would implement the recommendations of an inquiry, set up by the party, into irregularities in the nomination of councillors before the 2011 local government elections.

Mantashe said if any ANC members were found to have abused the nomination process, the party would hand them over to the police.

If the inquiry recommended a re-run of the nomination process for certain municipalities, the ANC would comply, he said.

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2013-01-09 12:49

    and the ordinary tax payer, would like for somthing else to devour the cANCer

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-09 12:57

      Mantashe, start with the South Africa's most corrupted tax thief, Jacob "Compound" Zuma!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-09 13:12

      Correct, after spending R250m taxpayers funds on his personal house - How many RDP houses would that have built? 4167 at R60k a pop. The least Zuma could do is pay R100m (40% marginal tax rate) back to the taxman. Nice one SARS, special treatement for special people?

      gideon.walt - 2013-01-09 13:19

      So hypocritical this country. They must think we all live under a rock!

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2013-01-09 13:21

      Zuma is the quintessential Pied Piper.

      Willie - 2013-01-09 14:20

      Mantashe sounds like papagaai,tell us a new story

      gideon.walt - 2013-01-09 14:27

      Alcia they know exactly what they doing, dont underestimate the predictability of stupidity. They marketing to the right crowd with the right angle, its all politics and at the end of the day about that cross on the ballot paper by hook, crook or flook.

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2013-01-09 16:52

      Well said Mr Mantashe, Now please help our beloved country, by doing something about it. We are ALL saying what you are saying, but we can’t do much about it. Go down in history as the man who made a difference..STOP THOSE MOT@#$$%%ERS FROM ROBBING OUR COUNTRY BLIND...

      Tuyez - 2013-01-09 17:17

      That is acceptable to the anc there is nothing wrong when people indulge themeselves. What is the anc for now? The struggle is over surely people need to keep themselves busy as they cannot deliver services to the people. They are very big and arrogant people who had been exile. If this is the problem why not establish tougher laws to deal with corrupt officials instead of info bill that will worsen the situation as it is. Keep singing your boring song we are tired of it.

      Wish EaTwice - 2013-01-09 20:22

      Zuma will solve this

  • david.meredith.733 - 2013-01-09 12:51

    You will have to get rid of the big rat first, then all the other mice will follow!

      Eterni80 - 2013-01-09 13:16

      problem is - the big rat is in charge

      francois.smith.7 - 2013-01-09 13:22

      Hey Gwede, how many times are we going to hear this, before we see some action? Listening to you is more boring that watching a chicken being prepared in a microwave. Need to add salt - catch you later.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-09 13:52

      Here the goat admits his party is in a shambles, and yet come voting time, guess who the masses would vote for in drobes like zombies.

      firstseed.mbeva - 2013-01-09 14:18

      Unfortunately, all rodents are equal but some rodents are more equal than others,LOL!

      butch.poulter - 2013-01-09 17:00

      By the way whats happened to the commision of enquiry set up to investigate Zumaville (Disgraceland)

  • frederick.kaczynski - 2013-01-09 12:54

    how about rooting out stupidity and unqualified people? oh wait a minute... having a big mouth seems to be enough in this country.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-01-09 12:55

    Surely Gwede this is not news to you and your organization. You failed in Free State,whats new that will come out? Why are you waiting for the Public Protector instead of suspending Zuma? Shoo! That will be the day coming from Mantashe

      daniel.dogman.1 - 2013-01-09 13:05

      I think it's best for SA's future if we just shut down and disband the ANC. Goodbye to communism and corruption, hello to TRUE democracy!

  • thando.ramncwana - 2013-01-09 13:00

    Belling of the cat.......

  • jacqueline.benjamin.52 - 2013-01-09 13:01

    As above, so below

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2013-01-09 13:02

    Good that you know about this and now what is left is to uproot this vice before it consumes the party Mr Mantashe!

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  • brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-09 13:06

    How's the timing!? Now that all the fat-cats have salted away what they need in off-shore locations, the policy changes. Welcome to Africa, and weep.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-09 13:08

    ANC goverment are like a tribe of filthy cannibals, no speeches will help or change them. When they finish devouring all around them they will tuck into each other.

  • laughton.martin - 2013-01-09 13:09

    who gives a sh#t about the anc because clearly they dont give a sh#t about us.greed and corruption is devouring THE COUNTRY and depriving its citizens of a decent life.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-09 13:14

    you are so gifted at stating the obvious. start with JZ first, he's cost SA a bloody fortune.

  • ben.nel2 - 2013-01-09 13:15

    Fish rots from the head

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-09 13:53

      you mean from the showerhead.....

  • qhama.bona - 2013-01-09 13:16

    To be fair to the ANC it has come out to condemn corruption amongst its ranks. However severe action against the perpetrators is yet to materialize. For so many years now senior officials of the ANC have spoken out against corruption. Who would forget Motlanthe's hard hitting organizational report at the Polokwane Conference in 2007? In that report Motlanthe gave a critical analysis as to how corruption had engulfed this once great liberation movement. Unfortunately many of Motlanthe's comrades were not paying that much attention to that brutal assessment of the state of the ANC. Instead since the Polokwane Conference, corruption has soared at an astonishing rate as every year it is reported that corruption has increased by a large percentage. But then again how can corruption be contained when the president himself is always embroiled in one scandal or another? It was pleasing to see that the Mangaung Conference resolved that ANC members accused of any wrongdoing in government should be compelled to relinquish their position. But in order for corruption to be truly eradicated there has to be strong political will on the part of the top leaders. That means transparency and accountability should be non-negotiable from the president and his ministers. That means we have to know exactly how much it cost the taxpayer to pay for Nkandla. If these issues are dealt with adequately then we can start to say we are making inroads in the fight against this plague called corruption.

  • makwati.mpja - 2013-01-09 13:21

    Mr Gwen is 100% rite,some drastic measures need 2 be implemented before its too late.Or else de ANC we love will be history like de National Party.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-01-09 15:06

      All that is required is to vote the ANC out of power, you have the ability to do this, once they have been replaced they will have no option but to clean up and form an honest and trustworthy party, then and only then should they be considered as a party to govern this country, by continuing to vote for them you are basically condoning the corruption, and they will continue to steal abuse their position.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2013-01-09 16:38

      @makawati, I agree with Bob, in any healthy democracy there is at least two dominant parties who 'swap' power every now and then. Any party (or leader) that remains in power for too long tends to become inefficient and corrupt. When people are in power too long they start to believe that they are above the law and treat the contry as their own possesion. We need to establish a honest and competent opposition that represents all South Africans that want a country that flourishes and offers equal opportunities to all.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-09 13:26

    Methinks that the BIG problem here is how 'corruption and greed' are understood by individuals. I have a hunch that many, many of the recently empowered believe that these are simply ways to redistribute (read steal) wealth. Nespotism, fraud and graft probably fall into the same category. BUT...let's not pretend, these are not new in the world, they have been around since year dot. The difference is that in civilised societies they are kept under reasonable control (maybe) by some sense of value and morality.

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2013-01-09 13:27

    Start with the leadership!

  • difa.mashwama - 2013-01-09 13:29

    manthashe is trying to build the confidence of the voters

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2013-01-09 13:33

    'Mice in a cheese factory'!!! Lol you said it well...

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-09 13:35

    Now they want to start with the councillors instead of starting with Zuma and working their way down.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2013-01-09 13:36

    OK Gwede, put your money where your mouth is. Cut your enormous salary in half, do away with your car allowance and pay for your own vehicle, move from your expensive home and do away with all your perks as a senior politician. Do all that and I will believe that you mean business, until then, you are just spouting what you think we all want to hear.

  • Boika Function QJ Jakuja - 2013-01-09 13:36

    lol r u clean Mr Mantashe?

  • tshireletso.molobi.1 - 2013-01-09 13:39

    i think de Anc should practice wht dey preach. Its no use 2 give us a speech abt greed

  • chiepner - 2013-01-09 13:39

    Ag please. Its time you and the entire current ANC leadership stop talking and start doing something about it. Its easy to talk talk talk about it. Grow a pair and start rooting out the vile deseased infested rats that eats away at a once iconic party.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2013-01-09 13:43

    Nyc speech but no action will be taken at end of the day.

  • nompza - 2013-01-09 13:47

    I just wonder how you will root out corruption when the NEC of the ANC itself has memebrs who were found to be involved in fraud and corruption

      adrian.k.andrews - 2013-01-09 14:08

      So true!!! It's sooo ironic! Bheki and Tina, and the likes are part of the NEC hence they are very same people who were found guilty... Ai the ANC

      nompza - 2013-01-09 14:25

      And how can we forget the likes of Tony Yengeni and Humphrey Memezi as they were all over the news

  • charl.malan.12 - 2013-01-09 13:47

    Talk talk talk, trying to win over the voters confidence before elections, the usual, yawn yawn yawn

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-09 13:50

    I think you all interpret his words incorrectly. What I think he mend was that "how dare you mice organized yourself in such an "eating Position" at the cost of us rats on top? You put us in the eye. We will decide what mice must be working where on the "conveyor line", coming to us rats, in this well oiled "factory." It sounds more like a clean up off those who are corrupt, but do not share. If I am wrong why did he then not attack the top rats around him?

  • terence.pattison - 2013-01-09 13:51

    Is this the part where we all burst into a rousing chorus of "Tell me the old,old, story (repeat with gusto)" !!!

  • ron.bilyard - 2013-01-09 13:58

    They all have their filthy snouts in the trough.

  • giftlucky.hliziyo - 2013-01-09 14:00

    Well done Mantashe,keep it up to maintain the good image of ANC

  • adrian.k.andrews - 2013-01-09 14:04

    I share your sentiments Mr Mantashe. 1st time I FULLY agree to what you say

  • MJS1234 - 2013-01-09 14:14

    Start at the top and work your way down sir!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2013-01-09 14:22

    All do come on Mr Manthashe.... let us see your words in action... or is this just another fart in the wind?

  • William - 2013-01-09 14:22

    It all comes from the top aka JZ!

  • victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-09 14:26

    The biggest thief Mr Mantashe is zuma get rid of him first...... oh wait you guys re-elected him!!!

  • godesha - 2013-01-09 14:31

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.

  • nkosi.tsheda - 2013-01-09 14:33

    At least he admitted that they are facing a problem which is a gud sign they are not in denial. Step 2 is 2 tackle it, sIr. Can't say so about a lot of u who benefited 4rm apartheid can we still in denial 2 this date

      charl.malan.12 - 2013-01-09 15:40

      Hahahaha, your new nickname is the Joker!

  • ravin.govinden - 2013-01-09 14:35

    Action speak louder then words. Now lets see you put some action into this.

  • richard.zanner - 2013-01-09 14:46

    Oh but let us not forget the great recent speech by Zuma saying that reconciliation cannot take place while the whites are still 8 times richer that the blacks. If the ANC would atop stealing it then maybe some money will become available.

  • loganjamesl - 2013-01-09 14:53

    deal with the big rat first

  • mkulu.mkulu - 2013-01-09 14:54

    Well said for a change GWEDE. Give the man a BELLS!

  • neiljvv - 2013-01-09 15:00

    Good Morning Mantashe are you awake now ? It took you long enough.

  • neil.lovegrove - 2013-01-09 15:05

    blah blah bloody blah

  • grant.neill.16 - 2013-01-09 15:09

    I did not know Gwede was a comedian.

  • KCorsar - 2013-01-09 15:10

    Well well, its taken long enough to realise this, the history of redeploying under performing cadres hasn't helped. If there is no sound punishment / prosecution then the rot will not abate. Jail time and expulsion is the best deterrent, act now and act fast AND NOT JUST FROM HERE ON FORTH, go back a few years at least to all active cases under investigation / suspension and prosecution. Hit hard its the only way.

  • dlayani.tivani - 2013-01-09 16:14

    Good statement Mr.Mantashe :But deal with the Big Fish first .some of the Big Fish are untachable . They are above the law , some are above the ANC .Start from above an comes down .

  • sivuyile.mqingwana.3 - 2013-01-09 16:23

    Im sorry Mr Mantashe. Is it not the same greed that allowed Jacob Zuma to seek a second term as President. YOU delegates that went to Mangaung have basically said to me that, "Jacob Zuma is the best candidate to lead this country of mine, and that I dont deserve any better!". And Yet you talk about GREED! Let me tell you this "A FISH ROTS FROM THE HEAD"! Uyokuzakhela

  • mclaz001 - 2013-01-09 16:39

    What about the by-laws The CANcer gets away with it , The Metro police are to stupid to do the job. Lets go back to when it actually worked Metro police are traffic cops period, Normal police know how to do there normal work and govern the bi-laws properly and ZOOMA goes the same way as Mabeke and we get someone like Nelson Madella into government.

  • yndmdluli - 2013-01-09 16:43

    If you really want to tackle corruption, first start by dismantling the south african banking system that is propped up by apartheid funds. Then we can move on to other areas.