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'SA in serious trouble'

Thuli Madonsela is worried of the state of governance in SA and says the country is in serious trouble.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Public protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday said South Africa is in "serious trouble" when it comes to governance.

Madonsela was speaking at the Daily Maverick's gathering in Johannesburg where President Jacob Zuma and his government faced some blistering criticism.

Madonsela said in some cases the state is being robbed blind through corruption.

"What is the state of governance? I think I will agree with those who say we are in serious trouble and we need to look carefully in the mirror."

Cosatu secretary-general Zwelenzima Vavi called on the ANC to return to its former glory and encouraged people to take a stand.

"If we fail to mobilise every member in our society, I'm afraid the consequences for the country and its future will be dire - A downward slide into a derailed revolution."

The ANC's Paul Mashatile assured the party will emerge from Mangaung stronger than ever and would focus on how to improve people's lives.

"There is a view outside that the ANC is very divided, and therefore, there's going to be blood on the floor when we get to Mangaung. Our approach is that the conference should be orderly."

Mashatile's statement comes after incidents of violence and intimidation during meetings of ANC branches.