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Manuel to quit active politics - report

The 'City Press' is reporting that Minister Trevor Manuel will take on a mentoring role.

National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel addressing Parliament during the handing over of Revised National Development Plan to President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel will quit active politics and will take on a mentoring role, the City Press reported on Sunday.

This after he declined his nomination to contest for a position on the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC).

In 2002, Manuel received the most votes to be elected to the NEC.

According to the minister, everything is about competition and it is eroding what the ANC stands for.

Manuel said it was clear after the party's 2007 elective conference in Polokwane, that skilled people were leaving the party and government, due to "brutal competition".

In the world of politics, logic does not always reign supreme, he said.

Manuel said he wanted to mentor young people because the 2030 target of National Development Plan (NDP), which he authored, will not include his generation.