Motlanthe book not linked to Mangaung - author

2012-10-11 20:39

Johannesburg - The timing of the launch of a biography of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe had nothing to do with Mangaung, author and former unionist Ebrahim Harvey said on Thursday.

"There were numerous delays getting the book out and [these have] nothing to do with Mangaung," Harvey said in Johannesburg.

"It comes in the midst of the biggest social crisis in South Africa.... This is more important than this Mangaung mania."

The African National Congress holds its national elective conference in Mangaung in December.

There have been calls from some ANC provincial branches that Motlanthe be elected president of the party instead of President Jacob Zuma, who will be running for a second term.

Harvey was talking at the launch of his book Kgalema Motlanthe, a political biography at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He said he spent almost 200 hours with Motlanthe over three years gathering information for the book, which was the "best bank of information on the ANC".

Motlanthe's openness during this time showed he had nothing to hide.

"The man is truly a biographer's delight," said Harvey.

Motlanthe was welcomed with cheers on his arrival at the university's Great Hall.

Earlier, ANC members wanting change sang songs in support of the deputy president.


ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said he was surprised Motlanthe agreed to have the book written.

"I had serious doubts that you'd agree to having a book written," Mantashe told him.

"Humility and public office don't go hand-in-hand.... You can't be media shy," he said.

Motlanthe has a reputation for being media shy, private and sometimes even secretive.

Mantashe said South Africa had been deprived of access to Motlanthe's wisdom, which the book would change.

He felt that the book's one controversial issue was the disciplining of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

He disagreed with Motlanthe's published view that the ANC should have found a political solution to the problem.

"However, once decisions are taken they [are] binding on everyone," said Mantashe.

"Let's open this [debate on Malema's disciplinary] after Mangaung, when people will debate more rationally."

The book launch was attended by ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel.

Human rights lawyer George Bizos and ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada were also there.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-11 20:56

    Hahaha, yea right...

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 20:56

    Gotta admit! I quiet like the dude! A nicely represented statesman. Other than whatever that other one's name is! I refuse to use fowl language on here. Let's see. Cant wait for the book!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 21:23

      This thug thats ruling, has GOT TO GO!!!!!!

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-11 20:56

    I have a lot of respect for u Gwede.U really deserve better than what u are going through.U are a straight talker like Pallo Jordaan,although u differ in your preferred candidates for presidency but u are the man.

      zamani.myende - 2012-10-11 21:23

      u respect him bcos he is in zuma camp.

  • man.zanilla.73 - 2012-10-11 21:04

    jekop for prezdent.. i want to party with him in nkandla when he is done renovating.

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-10-11 21:11

    Trains to Mangaung

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-11 21:13

      Gravy, gravy everywhere...

  • kella.magakwe - 2012-10-11 21:35

    Gud luck Pres

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 21:46

      President of theft, rape, lies, and the list goes on! By the way you illiterate nothing, clearly the useless "Spear Under The Shower Head", hasnt issued you with a smart phone, hence you're using Xmit still! Gud is spelt, GOOD! Halfwit!

      Paul Mphap - 2012-10-11 21:57

      rapist, corrupt, illiterate, stupid, ......quess who is that!

  • daniel.machet - 2012-10-11 21:39

    Gwede: "please, please, please don't bring it up until after mangaung when we can sweep it under the rug"

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-11 21:56

    Kallie Motlanthe are you going to be another cANCer racist with your BEE, BBBEE, AA, EE QUATAS, TRANSFORMATION,GENOCIDE ATTACKS ON FARMERS, or are you going to give the whites, and the coloureds in the W\Cape, a chance to rebuild South Africa what Thabo Mbeke and Zoompie destroyed. I hope you are not as short sighted as what they are. Remember "RAINBOW NATION" or was that just another lie to be a subtile DICKTATOR? Please tell us what your future policy will be towards ALL minority groups? Can you build or are you going to ruin South Africa.

      Paul Mphap - 2012-10-11 22:00

      jannie, i like that!!!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-12 09:13

    You are not an Author but a Campain Manager, the issues you are discussing its jolting people's concsince at a time when issues like that of eppellinng malema from ANC and at the same time Malema says President Zuma is no good for the Economy so better choose Motlanthe!! Who is kiding who?? Mr Campain Manager and your Boss(Deputy President) you should come out clean are you not violeting the constitution of the ANC??? That of no campain materials or speeches till after Branches are finished with the process of choosing Top party structure!!!

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-12 11:33

    Same ol same old.

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