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Mantashe: ANC veterans must be helpful and not sulk on the sideline

More than 100 ANC veterans have called on the party to embark on a process to regain society's trust.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party is in a process of engaging with its structures and has called on veterans to help strengthen the party, instead of criticising it.

More than 100 ANC veterans have called on the party to embark on a corrective process to reclaim the trust of society.

The group, which includes Trevor Manuel, Essop Pahad, Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni, says it has a profound responsibility to the movement and the country to ensure that the principles and values of the ANC are not destroyed.

It's understood the group held a meeting this week after not getting a proper response from President Jacob Zuma and Mantashe to their letters “and individual attempts to meet on an introspection process”.

Mantashe says the veterans must assist the party in addressing concerns within the movement.

“We’ve received positive feedback and I think we should continue engaging people. Veterans of the ANC must be helpful in that situation and not sulk in the side line.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)