Gwede Mantashe

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Speak out against Zuma and ‘pay the price’, Mantashe warns

Jeepers Mr. Mantashe, what’s next… gulags?

Gwede Mantashe

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The ANC’s starting to come across as a little desperate, what with the secretary general resorting to threats to keep party members in check.

In the last week or so ANC members from Trevor Manuel to Ahmed Kathrada and even whole branches of the Gauteng ANC have spoken out against the party’s leadership protecting Jacob Zuma; the Gauteng ANC has even called for dissolution of ANC management.

In light of the obvious threats from within the party, Mantashe has warned that those members who speak out against Zuma will ‘pay the price’.

Yesterday, the ANC’s former deputy secretary general Cheryl Carolus joined the scores of party members distancing themselves from senior leadership and Zuma.

“We have gone beyond what we should be tolerating,” Carolus told Talk702.

“The ANC has to take responsibility. This happened on our watch. What our president has done over many years is wrong.  For the sake of the ANC and the country, we have to take a stand against this man’s behaviour,” Carolus said.

Earlier this week one of South Africa’s most celebrated cabinet ministers and by far the country’s most successful finance minister to date, Trevor Manuel said: “The violation of the key oath of office of the head of state, which I think is a deep crisis. I think it’s in all of our interests that the president actually steps aside.”

Even the party’s new Chief Whip – Stone Sizani literally couldn’t anymore so left parly – Jackson Mthembu admits that Zuma’s Nkandla scandal has damaged the ANC.

Earlier today, Mantashe sad that party members should use the ANC’s internal structures to raise complaints and not voice their concerns publicly… what he means to say is please stop talking, you’re embarrassing us in front of the people.

Mantashe made a point of mentioning the ANC’s Gauteng Premier, David Makhuru, who’s made no secret of what he thinks of this whole debacle.

“We have got to do everything in our power to ensure that the ANC does not lose touch with what South Africans feel, for if the ANC does that it will cease to be the ANC.”