Ex-President hits out at ANC for not accepting shortcomings


Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly indicated that leaders need to accept their wrongs and step down without damaging the reputation of their organisations.

In an interview with CityPress over the weekend, Motlanthe accused the current leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) of doing what they pleased instead of following the example set by former Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan, who resigned from Parliament and as a ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) members two years ago, after it was discovered that he lied about his academic qualifications.

“It takes courage for people to own up to their mistakes. Jordan knew that when he stepped outside of set procedure, there had to be consequences. He knew he could no longer sit in the NEC and hold others accountable,” Motlanthe told the paper.

“You can’t be a leader exercising leadership, and guide others and hold them accountable, if you have no ability to do so to yourself. It is all about what your conscience tells you. You will remain compromised unless you own up and take ­responsibility for it”.

He however declined to comment directly when asked if the time had arrived for President Jacob Zuma to step down, merely stating that, “When we lower the bar, it means we settle for the lowest option”.

In November, Motlanthe sparked criticism after claiming in an interview that the ruling party was made-up of members “devoid of the political ability and consciousness required to maintain a united and non-racial society”.