'ANC does not have Amasela': Mantashe blames society's character in the ANC.

‘ANC does not have Amasela’: Mantashe blames society’s character in the ANC. Photo: GCIS / Flickr.

Mantashe attributes ANC’s challenges to societal values: ‘ANC does not have Amasela”

Gwede Mantashe asserts that the ANC doesn’t harbour inherently corrupt individuals, known colloquially as “Amasela.”

'ANC does not have Amasela': Mantashe blames society's character in the ANC.

‘ANC does not have Amasela’: Mantashe blames society’s character in the ANC. Photo: GCIS / Flickr.

ANC’s national chairperson, Gwede Mantashe, asserts that the party doesn’t harbour corrupt individuals within its ranks, known as “Amasela.” 

Instead, he argues that the ANC has recruited individuals from society who bring their corruption into the party, intending to discredit the otherwise reputable ruling party.

Mantashe blames people within the society for ANC corruption

On Thursday, Mantashe spoke to Tokyo Informal Settlements residents in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, clarifying that it was a “mop-up” rather than part of an ongoing campaign trail.

Mantashe refuted allegations that the ANC was rife with thieves prioritising their interests over-delivering services to the people.

“The ANC does not have Amasela, instead, they are in the society. The society joins the ANC and both corrupt and trustworthy people join. However, it is the party’s duty to kick them out,” he said.

The ANC has been criticized for corruption scandals and service delivery failures.

 Citizens feel the ruling party has not fulfilled its pledge to provide a “better life for all.”

According to IOL, as a result, the party witnessed the departure of several influential members who cited dysfunction, lack of trustworthiness, and corruption as reasons for leaving.

Additionally, the ANC has deferred the issue of certain members implicated in Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s State Capture report to its disciplinary committee.

In response, Mantashe affirmed that the ANC reflects society’s characters rather than shapes them.

“Characters of society will manifest in the ANC, not the ANC ones manifesting in society. The ANC recruits members of society and they become members of the party,” he said.

Mantashe acknowledged that some individuals have joined the ANC to harm it but assured that they would address this issue gradually. 

He urged the residents of Germiston to support the ANC in the upcoming national and provincial elections scheduled for 29 May.

Heavyweights enter the fray

As the national and provincial elections draw nearer, political parties are intensifying their campaigns to attract voters, with just 13 days remaining until polling day.

On Saturday, Thabo Mbeki, the former president campaigning for the ANC, visited Heroes Acre in Imbali Township, KZN.

He emphasised the importance of the party’s introspecting and taking bold steps to replace underperforming public representatives, ensuring it fulfils its commitments outlined in its manifesto.

Mbeki made his first return to the Moses Mabhida Region since 2006 when he faced a booing incident.

During his tour on Saturday, he visited the families of Struggle stalwarts Johnny Makhathini and Moses Mabhida, laid wreaths on their graves, and engaged with the public at Greater Edendale Mall. 

Speaking briefly at the cemetery, Mbeki emphasised the ANC’s responsibility to strive towards realising the vision of South Africa envisioned by its founding fathers over a century ago.

Accompanied by the party’s provincial leader, Francois Rodgers, and premier candidate Chris Pappas, DA leader John Steenhuisen brought their campaign to Curries Fountain Stadium in Durban, where a concert was organised.

They urged voters to turn out large numbers and rescue the province from potential disaster.

EFF heavyweights Julius Malema, the party’s president, and secretary-general Marshall Dlamini were also in the province. 

Dlamini is set to visit the IFP’s stronghold Nquthu, in northern KZN, which is hosting the EFF Ingoma, an event that will feature traditional music and dance, at a local sports field.

ActionSA premier candidate Zwakele Mncwango said they were encouraged by the reception from communities across the province.