Manuel throws a punch at Gwede

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Trevor Manuel said government should stop blaming apartheid for its actions.

JOHANNESBURG – Outgoing National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has lashed out at ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe.

Speaking on radio on Wednesday morning, Manuel labelled him a mere functionary who is not above the party’s constitution.

“Gwede’s got a bit of a loose tongue. So he’s called me a free agent, I have been able to demonstrate that I am in fact not a free agent, I am still a member of the ANC, and if he doesn’t like me as a member of the ANC he’s just a functionary of the ANC after all,” he said.

Mantashe, reportedly speaking at a rally in the Free State a week ago, also accused Manuel of not being active in the party’s national executive committee. 

The exchange began at Manuel’s announcement at Parliament that we would retire from South African politics.

In his farewell message, he warned about the erosion of democracy through attacks on institutions such as the Public Protector’s office.

Mantashe also apparently likened Manuel to former ministers, Jay Naidoo and Ronnie Kasrils, saying they had a lot to say in recent times while they did little during their time in government.

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