Mantashe: Powerful interests seeking to influence ANC

The secretary general says it’s possible there might be what he calls powerful interests seeking to influence the ruling party.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe takes questions on the NEC meetings that took place all weekend from the Press. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – As the African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts prepare to meet with the party’s top six next week, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says it’s possible that there might be what he calls powerful interests seeking to influence the party.

Mantashe held a round table discussion with journalists at Luthuli House on Wednesday.

The stalwarts have raised concerns about the state of the ANC and agreed with the party that a consultative conference must be held to assess the state of the organisation.

The secretary-general says this possibility of powerful interests amongst stalwarts doesn’t mean that their contribution to the party is meaningless.

“As veterans and stalwarts meet, there are powerful interests; for example, you find that among them that there are quite significant business people – they have interests. So this thing of some holy individuals is actually a myth.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)