We are under attack - Mantashe

2012-12-16 14:06

Bloemfontein - The ANC’s national leadership has had to face a “massive offensive” from “a range of forces” since being elected in Polokwane five years ago, says party secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

City Press has seen extracts of the organisational report Mantashe is scheduled to present to the party's elective conference in Mangaung, which begins on Sunday.

In his report, Mantashe states that these “forces” include “sections of the liberal media; sections of the judiciary; some NGOs, some of which are led by disgruntled members of [the] movement; some sections of the intelligentsia; some analysts and commentators; and prominent individuals”.

The point of this offensive, according to Mantashe’s report, is to delegitimise the ANC by saying life was “better under apartheid”.

He states: “The sub-theme is that the current ANC has moved away from the values and traditions of the ANC, and its leadership has no vision and cannot drive organisational renewal.”

But the ANC itself has helped these perceptions gain ground, as Mantashe notes: “Unfortunately, this offensive is plugging into the announcements and pronouncements made by ourselves when we attack each other in public.

This portrays our movement as [one] in crisis that can only be saved by those who subscribe to the notion that we are in crisis.”

He refers to the recall of former president Thabo Mbeki as “the most difficult period during the past five-year term”.

Mantashe adds that the meeting in which it was decided to recall Mbeki was one of the longest the NEC had ever had.

“This decision was very serious, painful and reverberated throughout the organisation [and the country].”


  • dorovan - 2012-12-16 14:22

    Yes it must be a third force. The teeth of democracy gnawing at his feet.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-12-16 14:42

      Oops Gwede, you are aware that you broke the law when you recalled Mbeki?

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-16 14:50

      Good point dorovan it's beginning to sound more and more that the ANC is pro communism rather than pro democracy.

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-16 16:46

      ANC as made the problems and now is trying to play victim, very,very funny, but, is getting to late.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-16 18:39

      "He states: “The sub-theme is that the current ANC has moved away from the values and traditions of the ANC, and its leadership has no vision and cannot drive organisational renewal.”" I'd say that is pretty accurate...

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-16 14:28

    If only one person say "It was better under apartheid" you should re-evaluate your service delivery to date. This means simply that people judge you to be useless!

      mart.botha - 2012-12-16 20:28

      Agreed...even the then supporters of apartheid do not want an apartheid type leadership back,,,,what 'everyone' is saying however is that they want systems and people back who can make things work. As an example, when the education department fails to deliver text books to children who are hungry for knowledge, and a whole shoal of those responsible for this failure are not summararily fired, it defies logic. The 'pockets of disunity in some provinces' that Zuma speaks of IS logic and sanity coming to the fore.....quite simply, they are gatvol of the ANC trying to act the part of government when the reality is that the 2012 matric class of Nkandla High School would probably do a better job.

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-16 14:39

    Like being a youth if u let youth stage passby it will never comeback. Even apartheid has come and gone, whats the point of trying to prove the point while u a damaging the future of the country. Solve the problem you've got in ur hands at the moment.

  • MrsZwane - 2012-12-16 14:41

    ANC is always "under attack" when they are being questioned. It continues being in denial about the ANC leadership flaws. Gwede must not insult us please, recalling Mbeki was easy and unpainful

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-16 14:47

    Well said Mr Mantashe you now need to come up with the right strategies to counter all the blatant lies that are driven by nothing but naked hatred for the black man you just have to look at some of the comments and the intemperate language used on this site !

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-16 14:56

      Black people are not hated, it is some of the things they do that are hated. Until you realize that you will never be better off.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-16 17:36

      They have strategies up the wazoo. They are possessed by chronic inertia and it is their failure to implement a single strategy that is making people very unhappy. All the people of our country are fed-up with the never-ending talking and waving about of policies. All we want from Mangaung is "How" and "When".

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-16 14:49

    More forces without faces.. It must be the result of some deep conspiracy to dethrone these fumbling buffoons..

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-16 14:53

    More forces without faces.. It must be the result of some deep conspiracy to dethrone these fumbling buffoons..

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-12-16 14:54

    May the attack never stop until we rid ourselves of this openly corrupt party.

  • magdaleen.smuts - 2012-12-16 14:56

    "The forces" are telling you as leaders you not doing a good job. Stop being so paranoid and work for your poeple. Don't further enslave your people to poverty.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-16 14:57

    Wow Puckson, what eloquence, as they say bulls... baffles brains. We don't need to have racism as the driver for our comments on your failure of an ANC, the dishonesty, nepotism, corruption and greed are plenty justification. Go back to your flock and preach your nonsense.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-16 14:59

    And just by the way if they are all"lies" and "allegations" why then must he go and prepare strategies to counter the claims.. Are you confused our just lacking common sense?!

  • david.wolpert.39 - 2012-12-16 15:02

    Is he so intellectually bankrupt that he cant debate with his critics but would rather insult them?

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-12-16 15:08

    More gobbledigook- OMGPGAFY -Masters of double speak - Mantashe, closely followed by good old MM. How about taking a leaf from Trevor's book and resign completely from politics and the A n c

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-16 15:12


  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-16 16:29

    The ruling in favour of etoll and against the vote of no confidence against Zuma is an attack against the government? Which attack r u talking about Mantashe?

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-12-16 16:57


  • KCorsar - 2012-12-16 17:27

    delusion more like it; lack of leadership, sound, qualified management and realising that as a government the role of liberation has moved on. Controls are nonexistent and this is reflected in the extent of corruption and the ineffectiveness of most government departments at national and local levels.

  • sabelo.nkwanyana - 2012-12-16 17:39

    Remember SG that on that Saturday it rained like hell all over the country, the leaders were telling you guys that what you are doing is not right, but you proceeded with your decision to recall Mbeki

  • - 2012-12-16 17:52

    Round up the dissidents (judges, public protector and others) and send them to correctional labour camps. (It worked for Stalin.)

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-12-16 18:34

    You won the struggle Dumb@ss! Now it's time to work! You know, that "thing" a Wh1te man does to earn money? Stop struggling, start working!!

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-12-16 18:37

    Jy is so n idioot.

  • Gillian Oosthuizen - 2012-12-16 19:52

    He must think we are all as stupid as he is!

  • GravityRider - 2012-12-16 22:12

    and in one statement, that Gwede states that if you not ANC, you are for apartheid or at minimum, a mechanism for apartheid. It's their way, or the highway... oh wait, they tolling those... yikes.

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