Thabo Mbeki calls for ethical leadership and 'renewal of ANC'

29 July 2020 - 11:37 By Nomahlubi Jordaan
Thabo Mbeki called for the ruling party to address rampant corruption. 'It will not be possible to deal with all the challenges ... including the matter of ethical leadership, unless we renew the ANC.'
Thabo Mbeki called for the ruling party to address rampant corruption. 'It will not be possible to deal with all the challenges ... including the matter of ethical leadership, unless we renew the ANC.'
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Former president Thabo Mbeki has called for the "renewal" of the ANC to address the challenges the country faces.

Speaking from his home during Andrew Mlangeni’s funeral on Wednesday, Mbeki said those who had paid tribute to Mlangeni in the past week had “correctly” spoken about his contribution to the struggle, about his value system and his character.

“He was very concerned about his movement, the ANC. He was concerned about what is happening in our country with regards to the revolution for which he sacrificed his life.  

“He was concerned there was a loss of confidence in the ANC because of corruption, nepotism, arrogance, manipulative organisational principles and abuse of state power.


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"It was natural that our leader would be concerned. He was a distinguished patriot,” Mbeki said.

Mbeki said the ANC should say Mlangeni should rest in peace with conviction and mean it.

 “We must say those things because we are committing ourselves to the renewal of the ANC about which he was concerned. As we say rest in peace, we say rest in peace as we attend to this challenge.

“It will not be possible to deal with all the challenges our country faces, including the matter of ethical leadership, unless we renew the ANC, as was called for by the 54th national conference. If we do that, this should be a very good farewell and a good memory to such an outstanding leader as Mlangeni was.”

The renewal, Mbeki said, would allow the ANC to discharge its responsibility towards the nation and the continent, and allow “the old man to rest in peace”.

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ANC stalwart Andrew Mekete Mlangeni was laid to rest on 29 July 2020 at the Roodepoort cemetery in Johannesburg. The last remaining Rivonia trialist, who turned 95 on June 6, was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on 21 July 2020 with an abdominal complaint.


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