African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says the governing party’s youth wing’s calls for an early national conference to elect a new leadership is not a bad idea.
Briefing the media on Tuesday afternoon at Luthuli House in Johannesburg, Mantashe said the proposal made by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) last week Thursday could even unite the party amid the disappointment of electoral decline and loss of power in the country’s key metros to the opposition. However, ANC members would need to close ranks first before going into conference.
“We can’t go to a conference because we are angry, because we have done badly.” In such a scenario, ANC leaders would smash each other and there would be blood on the floor,’’ he said when asked about the league’s proposal.
In its call for an early conference, the league was particularly harsh on Mantashe.
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Referring to the 2019 general election, Mantashe said the conference would also give a longer period for the ANC to prepare for the elections.
Last week, the ANCYL said the party’s 8% decline during the local government elections showed that the ANC needs to regenerate itself by electing new leadership because the current leadership led by President Jacob Zuma has become entangled in difficult issues.