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Mantashe: Put South Africans first when electing ANC leaders

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says a concerted effort needs to be taken to revitalise the party’s image in the public domain.

ANC's Gwede Mantashe arrives for the Western Cape PGC meeting on 26 November 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says delegates representing their branches at the party’s elective conference in December, should put the interests of South Africans first.

Mantashe was the main speaker at the party’s Western Cape Provincial General Council meeting in Cape Town earlier on Sunday.

He has been frank in his discussion with delegates, saying a concerted effort needs to be taken to revitalise the party’s image in the public domain.

“The image eradication of the ANC where the party is seen equal to corruption, looting nepotism.”

Mantashe says one priority is that corruption needs to be eradicated.

He says the needs of South Africans should be top-of-mind when delegates choose leaders at next month's conference.

“When you loot state resources, when we’re saying we’re stealing from the government, the reality is that you’re not stealing from the government but from the poor. You are limiting the capacity of the state to deliver services.”

Delegates will this afternoon finalise branch nominations that will represent the Western Cape at next month’s ANC elective conference.

Meanwhile, Mantashe says state capture is a reality and needs to be addressed urgently.

He also says effective governance should be a priority when leaders are being elected.

“In the ANC, there are people who say state capture does not exist, it does exist. This week I was listening to a man called Tsotsi [Former Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi] and I thought it can’t be that we listen to Tsotsi [who says state capture does not exist] under the leadership of the ANC, it can’t be.”

The names of provincial delegates are expected to be released during a media briefing later on Sunday.