Mantashe hits out at bank boss

2012-04-03 22:42

Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday criticised Nedbank chairperson Reuel Khoza for his comments about a lack of leadership in South Africa.

"I would be very worried if the business community begins to think that it has a monopoly of understanding of political leadership," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

Khoza, writing in Nedbank's latest annual report released on Friday, said South African's "strange breed" of leadership needed to adhere to the institutions that underpinned democracy. The political climate was not a picture of an accountable democracy, he said.

"Our political leadership’s moral quotient is degenerating and we are fast losing the checks and balances that are necessary to prevent a recurrence of the past."

Khoza said South Africans had a duty to build and develop the nation, but also to hold their leaders accountable.

"We have a duty to build and develop this nation and to call to book the putative leaders who, due to sheer incapacity cannot deal with the complexity of 21st century governance and leadership, cannot lead," said Khoza.

Mantashe said the ANC had tried to call Khoza on Tuesday morning to "get a sense of what he means".

He said Khoza was tasked by financial services company Old Mutual to find a buyer for the company.

"He has not found that buyer. That is the challenge of business leadership who cannot do what they are told to do," said Mantashe.

"Now to deflect [attention away from] him he talks about political leadership."

He said the sale fell through under Khoza's leadership.

"What kind of leader would allow this to fall through? He's actually on the wrong platform. He must talk about business and Nedbank in particular," Mantashe said during a press briefing at the party's headquarters in Johannesburg.

Mantashe was joined by ANC president Jacob Zuma, his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, Treasurer Mathews Phosa, ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete and deputy secretary general Thandi Modise.

  • Patrick - 2012-04-03 23:45

    I think Mantashe has lost the plot here.He is playing the man instead of the ball.Mantashe attacks the man and not the facts.I see a gradual and certain detorioration of leadership quality within the ANC.Even a blind man can see the amaturish circus we call ANC leadrship toaday.Intelligent presentation of facts and arguments has been replaced by shere arrogance and political naivity.It does not mean that we cannot observe and reason if we are not ANC members.The ANC membership does not have a monopoly on reason and intelligence.

      mnthane - 2012-04-04 00:09

      Bra Pat well said my brother. Articulate and str8t 2 da point. I for 1 think the secretary general is trying 2 remain relavent only in history as a has been. Khoza is stating facts while he attacks. "POLITICAL DISCOURSE ALWAYS CONFUSE HUMILITY WITH WEAKNESS AND CRITICISM AS AN ATTACK"

  • mnthane - 2012-04-04 00:11

    Attacking a man who is stating facts is good quality leadership Mr secretary general. Very rich coming 4rm u, thank you bye!!!

  • Kuno - 2012-04-04 07:43

    Mantashe said the ANC had tried to call Khoza on Tuesday morning to "get a sense of what he means". Mantashe let me explain to you what he means... he means that the whole lot of ANC is a useless bunch of gravy train riders who have no clue on how to run a country... except on how to run a country into the ground. International investors would be total idiots if they would invest in a country like SA at the moment. Corrupt and full of criminals.

  • Herman - 2012-04-04 08:23

    Well, the anc couldn't run their own tea club before '94 without robbing it blind, how are these thieving clowns ever gonna get SA (which was in working order before they started plundering it) back on track? anc = FAIL

      Wandile - 2012-04-04 12:31

      Herman what do you mean the country was working in order before 94,because if that is what you mean then you clearly more delusional than the clowns who were running the show back then get your facts straight.

  • ralph.klopper - 2012-04-04 09:58

    So the politicians are allowed to have business interests but business people are not allowed to share their political views?

  • Themba - 2012-04-04 12:34

    Mataje is right, Khoza must concentrate in business or joinns the DA as Cope has been disbanded if he want to be in political leadership rather than creating something out of nothing. His bank is fading because he has no capacity and now he want a scape goat. He is like Barney Pityane who was presisding the formation of Cope, he hates the ANC leadership under Zuma cause he was Mbeki's boy. Ag man this guys a real jokes.

  • Ken - 2012-04-04 15:50

    I find your comment strange to say the least. In a democracy I thought it was everyone's right to political opinion. Khoza has simply stated his (valued by me) opinion. Any clown can be a politician and most voters are also clowns, but not everyone can be a successful valued member of society and business. Let's face it if the majority of this countries (so called) leaders had to leave the ANC and go into their natural occupation, we would have an abundance of new circuses.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-04-14 07:41

    I wish the real leaders of the new South Africa, regardless of race, colour or background, would now emerge and take up their rightfull positions, and so cause the old revolutionary guard to move aside. The current crowd are too steeped in the old revolutionary ideologies that have destroyed other countries economically and socially, and no matter how hard they try to keep the masses ignorant and uneducated, there is a law that they cannot escape from: The cream always rises to the top. The cream are the natural leaders of tomorrow who get a proper educationa nd learn to think and problem solve for themselves, and who do not just swallow the drivel that is regurgitated by the current leadership every day, ad nauseum. Just like the old adherers to apartheid, the clowns now in charge and their ideologies will pass on into history, and a new non-racist, educated crew will take over - people who are able to think soberly and reason logically. So how about it Mr Khoza? Are you not willing to step in?

  • Futhi - 2012-04-14 09:16

    It seems to be Mantashe's view that commenting on political issues must be left to the politicians and not the rest of us. Its an insightful comment about how he feels about the voters. The irony is, it is ordinary citizens that commented on the ballot box.

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