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Mantashe: Firing Zuma will not solve ANC’s problems

Gwede Mantashe says he was told by many people that getting rid of the president would help the ANC.

FILE: ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe says after the local government elections many believed that firing President Jacob Zuma would solve all the problems facing the ruling party.

Mantashe says this isn't the case, and instead the ANC has focused on analysing the results to see where the party has gone wrong.

He was speaking at the Black Management Forum's Annual Conference in Midrand today.

Mantashe says he was told by many people that getting rid of the president would help the ANC after it lost support in the local government elections.

But he says it's more complex than that: "Many people thought that the only thing to do was to fire Jacob Zuma rather than doing a detailed analysis. We're not dealing with service delivery problems, but rather with trust deficit."

Mantashe says the ANC is now focused on reconnecting with the people and addressing a number of problems, such as sitting on reports, which should result in action being taken.

At the same time, Mantashe says many students are misinterpreting the freedom charter about tertiary education, saying while the ANC aims reach the point of no fees, the charter says university education should be accessible.