JOHANNESBURG-- Gwede Mantashe, the Secretary-General of South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), says the party faces a life or death situation ahead of its elective conference at the end of the year.
Delivering the OR Tambo lecture in Vosloorus, about 29 kilometres southeast of here Sunday, Mantashe said the ANC would need a certain calibre of leadership to help it transcend from being a party of corruption and State capture, the term used to describe the exercise of undue influence of the top leaders of the State by parties with vested interest.
Mantashe, who recently revealed that he declined a slate proposal that he succeed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, also poured cold water over the debate that as per ANC tradition, the party's deputy president must become president.
He urged ANC branches to ensure that they thoroughly interrogate the attributes of each person they plan to nominate to leadership.
Mantashe outlined a number of attributes that branches had to use as a standard test. He said these include loyalty, and dedication to implementing the policies of the party.
He emphasized that the December conference was a choice between prosperity and disaster and said the conference represents a transition for the party, which must cleanse itself and choose the right leadership.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK