JOHANNESBURG - The ANC General Secretary Gwede Mantashe summarised his time at the position as complex, difficult, and challenging due to some leaders implicated in corruption.
He said his first term was exciting but things changed in the second term "where people almost associated the ANC with corruption."
"It has been very difficult, very challenging. It is individuals who are corrupt not the ANC, yes some leaders of the ANC are corrupt but they are not the ANC," he said.
Mantashe who has been listed as chairperson in Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership slate also commented on the upcoming ANC elective congress in December.
"I still want to serve the ANC, I still have some energy left to serve. I do not want to be SG though, SG is an oven, you sit in fire 24/7," he said.
Mantashe said as members go into the congress they should elect a leader that would unite the movement, rectify the mistakes of the past and "save" brand ANC.
On the ongoing provincial court battles, Mantashe said the KwaZulu-Natal matter was concluded.
"KwaZulu-Natal court case is finished, we are going to conference. We are waiting for EC court challenge but I don't see it as something that would disturb the national conference," he said.