Mantashe: Zuma's successor, Boks... What’s the fuss?

Mantashe says the ANC is unlikely to elect a female president & that the Boks can still win the #RWC2015.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says everyone in the party must stop talking about who will take over from President Jacob Zuma, and that includes the African National Congress Women's League's (ANCWL)'s call for a female president.

He also says he believes the Springboks can win the Rugby World Cup and that he is happy with the number of black players in the squad.

Mantashe says the ANCWL mustn't campaign for a women ANC president now.

"In 2017 it is unlikely that we will elect a woman president. We will elect a president of the ANC. If she happens to be a female, she will be the president of the ANC."

He also says the Springbok team management made the wrong decisions ahead of the World Cup.

"If you take a player who didn't play a single Super Rugby match for the season, you say 'go and captain the Springbok team in the World Cup'; you are sending the message that you have no intention to win."

He says the Springboks lost to Japan, because too many of their players were too old.

"In our case, we have all the pensioners in the team. We have no intention to win. They must give young players a chance to play. That's why in our first comment we said, ' Let Heyneke Meyer not take nine black players and make them passengers.'"

He says the party will still put pressure on rugby to transform.


The ANC says its National Executive Committee (NEC) has decided that the decisions of party's Integrity Committee will no longer just be seen as recommendations, but as decisions to be implemented.

It also says that all of its employees in government, who are accused of wrong-doing, are expected to take into account the impact of their behaviour on the ANC's reputation.

The party has also changed the chairs of its policy commissions.

Mantashe says, "Members of the organisation implicated in wrong-doing are expected to consider the implications of the allegations, leveled against them, on the reputation and integrity of the ANC."

The party's Secretary General says people mustn't conflate the cases of ANC cadres with situations in Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (Sabc).

He says he believes that the number of corruption cases against the party's members has dropped to near invisibility because of its measures against corruption.

"But if you compare to cases that affect cadres of the movement, that get reported, that number has dropped dramatically to total invisibility."