Trevor Manuel said government should stop blaming apartheid for its actions.
JOHANNESBURG – Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel believes there’s a strong chance the ANC might lose the 2019 elections.
He was speaking after the Eric Molobi memorial lecture at the University of Johannesburg, during which he said the party is in trouble.
Former Finance Minister Manuel says, “We lived with the slogan “ANC lives, ANC leads”. At the moment I don’t think that’s in evidence. The fortunes as represented by the 2016 local government elections shown an 8% drop.”
“Now I know we can’t always use that as a proxy. I also know that once the ANC is in trouble, other political parties still have a long way to reach the fortunes. But I have said before that the trend line looks as though it will be coalition politics beyond the 2019 elections.”
Manuel reiterated that not all the blame can be placed on Zuma as there are people who have been acting on his behalf. He says that notable in the ANC NEC that just do what they are told, without questioning.
He added that the capabilities of the Hawks, the NPA, the public protector and the public protector need to be questioned. As upholders of the law he says that these state bodies need to not only serve the interest of the ruling elite but also the common man.
Manuel: The same movement [ANC] that mobilisd people regardless of class, race and gender...is now no longer capable of doing that. Those embedded in key roles serve only their masters and not the people.— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017
Manuel: Today we must ask why the NPA, the Scorpions who became the Hawks, police Crime Intelligence, SSA, and even the @PublicProtector have been rendered "incapable". Parliament can be added to this.— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017
Manuel: I wish I could attribute this all to President Zuma. But he doesn&39;t act alone. In fact, he often gets people to act on his behalf. The ANC NEC does what it is told. There are very notable exceptions.— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017
Manuel: My hunch is there is fresh manipulation of numbers to come in the ANC December elective conference. The likelihood of December collapsing on day 1 and 2 due to credentials is incredibly likely.— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017
Manuel: If the ANC are incapable of leading they will simply have to follow. Right now it appears too self serving to think of the ppl of South Africa. I can&39;t tell you how painful this self-realisation is for me.— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017
Manuel: What is Zuma on about [re nuclear] when the big challenge is how do we provide good quality service to the people? How can we look people in the eye and tell them that tomorrow will be better than today?— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017
Manuel: The old [ANC] hasn&39;t died and the new isn&39;t born yet. The movement is paying the price. It&39;s history, it&39;s traditions are paying the price. There is walking over the sacrifice of so many.— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) November 9, 2017