FORMER South Africa president, Kgalema Motlanthe, (pictured) has said that it would be a good thing for his party, the ANC, to lose the next election in 2019 in order for it to renew itself.
Speaking on the BBC programme, Hardtalk, Motlanthe who served as president between 2008 and 2009, alluded to the fact that corruption within the ANC was the root cause for the ruling party losing sight of its principles and focus on governing responsibly.
Motlanthe said the ANC has to lose elections for the penny to drop. “It would be good for the ANC itself [to lose] and let me tell you why. Because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it, will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it,” Motlanthe said.
Motlanthe is among a growing number of ANC stalwarts who have increasingly been critical of President Jacob Zuma’s record in office and his alleged corruption scandals, including his association with the Gupta family’s business affairs.
With Zuma due to step down as president and leader of the ANC after the party’s congress in December, high ranking members of the ANC are pushing for their preferred candidates to take over the reins of power.
Although there are as yet no clear favourites to land the job, the current deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Zuma are seen as the foremost contenders.