Mantashe: ANC must be given privacy at NGC

Addresses by the party’s president and secretary general may not be open to the public.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa and Gwede Mantashe at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 8 October 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's still considering whether its opening addresses by the party's president and secretary general will be open to the public as this hinders frank discussions about the state of the movement.

The party's national general council (NGC) begins on Friday when President Jacob Zuma will deliver a political report.

Today party secretary general Gwede Mantashe briefed the media on the state of readiness.

He says the NGC provides a unique opportunity to engage with branch members and 2,500 of them will be in attendance.

Mantashe says the ANC must be allowed the privacy to have a frank discussion.

"We want the freedom of the ANC to be brutally frank with itself, without fear that it will be headline catching. That's why we're asking for political sessions, it depends on the sensitivity of the issues raised there. The NGC comes once in a term, we must be able to say things as they are."