Gwede Mantashe says that the ANC will have some explaining to do if it wants him to resign from his positions over allegations levied against him by the State Capture Inquiry report.
Speaking during a recent visit to the Eastern Cape alongside Oscar Mabuyane, Mantashe told fellow ANC comrades that some wish to see action taken against him. The politician pointed out that no evidence of criminal conduct had been put forward by Acting Justice Raymond Zondo.
Mantashe explained that he would not fight against any decision to boot him from the ANC, but warned that any attempt to remove him from both party and government positions would be questioned.
“If the ANC says I must step aside, I will not hire buses and say I will not step aside. But I will ask the party why I must step aside just because there are still investigations into a case I may have. I will ask the ANC but I will not resist,”
Mantashe opts out of second round as ANC chair
Mantashe revealed that he would not be running for a second term as the ruling party’s chairperson. Instead, the embattled politician is expected to contest the post for deputy president.
The Eastern Cape province is among the regions that are expected to support his decision to return to the top six. Mantashe has warned Mabuyane and his faction against being too confident regarding the looming conference, despite claims of immense support.
Ruling party must select leaders who can tackle flagging voter support
Mantashe referenced the disappointment of previously losing to suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule to illustrate his point.
“Over confidence translates to complacency. We once went to Nasrec and someone was called and taken to the stage and someone else won by a small margin and he had to leave the stage. That happens in a conference. You cannot win a conference before it takes place,”
Furthermore, Mantashe highlighted the importance of leadership being elected who had the skills to improve voter confidence in the ANC. This comes after the municipal elections saw the party dipping below the 50% mark.
“If that was a general election, the ANC would be out of power in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.”