Getrude Makhafola
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18 Dec 2017
12:30 pm

Mantashe’s advice to new ANC SG: ‘Do not get angry’

Getrude Makhafola

Mantashe promised reporters he would introduce the new ANC secretary-general as soon as results are announced.

Outgoing Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe gives his final address to the media at the party's 54th National Elective Conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg on 18 December 2017. The SG fielded questions from the media about state capture and the health and future of the ANC. Picture: Yeshiel Panchia

The African National Congress (ANC) secretary general should be accessible and try not to get angry, outgoing secretary general Gwede Mantashe said as he offered advice to the incoming official to be elected at the party’s 54th national conference taking place in Johannesburg.

Mantashe said his organisational report contained a “handover report” section for the incoming secretary-general.

“You must be quick on your feet … don’t be angry. Allow members to shout at you, insult you, but don’t get angry. Media will drag you through the mud, pick up the phone and call that journalist and talk to them,” he told reporters at the Nasrec conference centre on Monday.

Mantashe, who held the powerful secretary-general position for two terms, has been nominated for party chairperson this time around, and is going head to head against national executive committee member Nathi Mthethwa.

Mantashe promised reporters he would introduce the new ANC secretary-general as soon as results are announced.

“I am gonna bring the new secretary general to you … how you engage with him is none of my business,” Mantashe said, eliciting laughter from the assembled media.

Former KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu and Free State Premier Ace Magashule are the candidates for the secretary-general position.

The 62-year-old Mantashe was recently derided as a flip-flopping official on social media platforms, with the term “Mantashing” gaining traction in popular culture. He was accused of ”Mantashing” on his views regarding calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, having initially supported such calls.

– African News Agency (ANA)



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