‘Leadership resigning because of poor results not a farfetched idea’

Gwede Mantashe says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning.

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JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the idea of leadership resigning because of poor results is not a farfetched idea and international trends reflect this.

Mantashe has briefed the media at Luthuli House after the party lost a number of metros.

Mantashe says the National Executive Committee (NEC) will revisit communities who have voiced concerns with the party this weekend.

He says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning, making reference to the United Kingdom.

"Look at the Labour Party in Britain, every time it has a leader who leads them to elections that does badly, that leader is changed."

He says some structures of the ANC have already started discussing the possibility of an early elective conference.

"Leadership means taking responsibility, being accountable."

But Mantashe says there needs to be unity in the party first before deciding on an early elective conference.


The general secretary also says the party has taken into account concerns raised by the electorate, including Nkandla.

He says the party has noted that Nkandla is an issue.

"Among the issues in our analysis we had was the negative narrative which was consistent toward the president of the ANC, that included a number of issues that were raised, including Nkandla."

Mantashe adds an early elective conference is not a bad idea.

"It's not a bad idea and it's actually being discussed in various structures of the ANC whether it should be done. But the question that confronts us is that we can't go to a conference because we are angry or because we've done badly or because we've seen a decline in elections."

The ANC says it believes one of the reasons it lost key metros was due to provinces that spoke out against the party.

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