“There has been no national plan to address the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality — it doesn’t exist,” said Mbeki.
He also raised concerns that some people had joined the ANC to enrich themselves and where thus involved in factional battles.
“We must address local government ... that level of government that is directly in contact with the people every day. What message are we communicating to the masses?
“The crisis of what is happening in local government is illustrated by Mangaung. And who are the people who are paralysing Mangaung? It is ANC people who are fighting among themselves”
Many of Mbeki’s comments were met with agreement from some in the crowd.
The ANC is due to hold its policy conference next week, where it will discuss organisational renewal, its plan for the economy and other pressing issues.
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