Mantashe Urges ANC To Remain Vigilant

ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe has said the ruling party is not going to focus on rallies but instead, it will be hosting small gatherings to allow for interaction with the people.

Speaking at the launch of the ANC provincial election manifesto at Dr Rantlai Molema Stadium in Rocklands on Saturday, Mantashe said the party would also continue conducting door to door campaigns to hear the grievances of the people.

The national chairperson said this as the ANC goes all out to secure a massive victory in the highly anticipated general elections set for May 8.

He urged members to be vigilant of those amongst them who celebrate every time a leader of the party is attacked, warning their intention is always to harm the movement from within.

“It is our duty as members of the ANC to defend and fight everyone who is trying to divide our movement, because we will not be able to deal with ambition and egos of individuals. Every decision taken by the party binds all the members of the party; we call that democratic.”

Mantashe added: “Leadership have to take a decision if faced with any situation because it’s better for a leader to take a wrong decision than not to take any decision at all.

“Leaders who take wrong decisions and learn from them are the ones who will succeed and be able to take forward the objectives of the party”.

The launch of the provincial election manifesto was also marked by a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the 107th year anniversary of the ANC.

Mantashe noted in its 25 years in power since 1994, the party has done a lot to change the lives of the people and committed some mistakes along the way, but remains adamant that it will continue to deliver on its promises.

By: Neo Ntsele