Mantashe spoke during the 23rd anniversary commemoration of late South African Communist Party (SACP) boss Chris Hani at Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park Cemetery in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, yesterday.
He called on ANC members to debate on how to regain the trust and confidence of the people. “It is not about President Jacob Zuma. It is about the ANC,” he said.
“If we don’t change our behaviour, we are going to pay the price.” Mantashe said Hani would have been at the heart of the battle to save the movement from internal factionalism and the offensive of the opposition parties.
SACP boss Blade Nzimande said the ANC must be given time and space to sort out its challenges and problems. “The SACP will not march to the opportunistic drum of the DA and others like them,” said Nzimande.
Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association executive member Mabel Rweqana used the occasion to defend Zuma. “You don’t go to war being divided,” she said. “If we are united, no one will defeat us.”