ANC leadership a problem, not just Zuma - Chikane

Reverend Frank Chikane says he warned the ANC over the possibility of losing major metros.

Reverend Frank Chikane Picture: ‏@RevFChikane

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) veteran Reverend Frank Chikane says the soul of the ruling party is under attack not from external forces but from its own members and leaders.

Chikane has this morning released a document that he says he gave to the party's leaders before the local government elections, outlining his concerns and the possibility of the ANC losing major metros.

The ANC lost outright control of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay, along with other smaller municipalities.

Chikane says he tried to arrange a meeting with the ANC's top six last year but only managed to do so in March this year to raise what he believes are real concerns about the party.

Chikane says he warned the ANC that if changes were not made, the consequences would be drastic.

He says it is clear that the greatest threat to the soul of the movement is from its own members and leaders who are being corrupted.

"I'm not one of those people who think the president is the only problem in the party, and the media tends to reduce that to the president. I'm saying it's the leadership."

In his document, Chikane says if this downward trend and loss of confidence is not curbed, it could result in the ANC losing the national elections in the next nine to fourteen years.