Manuel: Early ANC elective conference won't bring change

Trevor Manuel says an early elective conference won't bring about the change required in the ANC leadership.

FILE: ANC President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at a party rally. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel says he doesn't believe an early elective conference will bring about the change required in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership.

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Manuel, who has 21 years on the National Executive Committee of the ANC, says the ruling party will never recover its electoral support under the current leadership.

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He says the way forward for the party is to share with the public the results of a thorough introspection.

But he says this won't be easy.

"How you extricate yourself from this position is complex. If you have an early elective conference you will short-circuit the problem and will be sitting with dysfunctional branches, not well constructed provinces, sending the same delegates to a conference and hoping to get different outcomes."

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