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Mantashe: State capture dividing ANC

Earlier on Monday, Mantashe said there was what he calls dirty tricks during campaigning for the next party leadership but the movement wants to focus its energies on regaining lost ground.

Always in the spotlight, surrounded by journalists and microphones, outgoing ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe makes his last press briefing on 18 December, 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says that state capture is dividing the ANC, which he says the new leadership has to tackle.

Mantashe says state capture continues to divide the ANC and that the party can’t be seen to be flat-footed on the matter.

Mantashe is bowing out after 10 years in his post. He’s contesting against Nathi Mthethwa, current Arts and Culture Minister, for the job of party chairperson in the leadership elections.

He was speaking during his last media briefing at Nasrec.

There are sharp differences of opinion on state capture at this conference, an issue that Mantashe says the new leadership has to confront.

“It divides us but it imposes a responsibility on the (new) leaders of the ANC to engage that debate, find a common, coherent and cohesive response to it.”

Mantashe says anything that happens in government impacts on the ANC, including state capture.

“It is facing us, it is there, we can hide our heads and say it does not exist, but it exists, it is debated by society, the ANC cannot be seen to be flat-footed on the matter and that is the responsibility of the new leadership of the ANC”.

Mantashe presented his last organisational report to delegates behind closed doors on Sunday.

It assesses the state of the party and reviews the past five years since its Mangaung conference.

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