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Mantashe: ANC hopes to win back the trust of South Africans

Mantashe says while different sectors of society trust the ANC less & less, the real issue is not about Zuma.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla has sparked widespread calls for the party to act against President Jacob Zuma because the people are losing confidence in the ANC.

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Mantashe admits that different sectors of society trust the ANC less and less, and says the real issue is not about Zuma.

He spoke during the 23rd commemoration of the assassination of liberation struggle hero Chris Hani, who was killed by Polish national Janusz Walus in 1993.

ANC branches and veterans as well as religious groups have called on Zuma to step down while opposition parties and civil society are organising mass marches.

Recently, activists from across Africa joined the growing call for Zuma to step down, while the _New York Times _ published an editorial saying that his violation of the Constitution should have been the last straw in a string of scandals.

Mantashe says the outrage following the judgment on Nkandla reflects how people have trusted the ANC in the past.

"Formations in society and people in society are beginning to reduce their confidence and trust in us. How do we reinstate trust and confidence to our people, to the ANC? It's not about Zuma, it's about the ANC."

He says the ruling party hopes to win back the trust through its consultations with different sectors of society.

"Let's go back to our regions, we'll start there this week and talk to our regions and we're meeting sectors of society."

Mantashe says the ANC's lower structures and alliance partners will be consulted about the implications of the judgment this week.

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