Chikane clarifies his gloomy ANC statement

Frank Chikane says he's been on a journey to Luthuli House for nine months about ANC matters.

Veteran ANC leader Frank Chikane. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - In a week where reverend Frank Chikane has been in the headlines for reprimanding the African National Congress (ANC), the veteran ANC leader has now issued a statement clarifying his position.

Last month, Chikane sent a document to the national leadership, warning that it reached a point of no return and faces the possibility of losing elections unless it owns up to its problems.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has criticised Chikane and has accused him of leaking his own document to the media.

While Chikane has admitted he's been on a journey to Luthuli House for nine months about matters concerning the party, he says that as a disciplined member of the organisation, he cannot reveal further information until he's met with his leadership.

The veteran ANC leader last month sent his grievances to the ruling party in a document titled 'Saving the Soul of the ANC'.

In it he warns the party that the risk of its support falling below 50 percent in the next national election is real and dangerous.

He has refused to do any further interviews but says he hopes his grievances will be addressed at the national general council.