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ANC 'offended' by clerics’ letter

ANC says it's offended at the suggestion that the party is not running the country well.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said the party was offended by recent public criticism made in a letter by clergy and business people, in which they said the ANC had lost its moral compass.

Mantashe said the critics' aim was to influence the outcome of the ANC's Mangaung conference, due to start on Sunday.

Business leaders and clergymen sent a letter to the ANC on Tuesday in which the party's leadership style was criticised.

South African Council of Churches president Jo Seoka said it was necessary "to teach people to vote for leadership that will commit to serving them, rather than self-serving."

But Mantashe said the letter started by saying the authors knew the ANC would not adhere to their call, but said they decided to write the letter anyway.

Mantashe said he was offended at the suggestion that the ANC was not running the country well, and said the clergymen should help the ANC do better.

He said the ANC had held various meetings with religious leaders where such issues were discussed, and said their decision to raise them in public was mischievous.