Wednesday, 29 July 2020 20:09


Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Photo Credit:Alaister Russell.

Former president Thabo Mbeki has called for the "renewal" of the ANC to address the challenges the country faces.

Speaking at Mlangeni's funeral, Mbeki said Mlangeni was very concerned about the party he fought for.

"Because of who he was, this kind of person we are describing… this moral leader we are describing, was very concerned about his movement, the ANC, a movement he and others built over decades, and very concerned about what is happening in our country with regard to the revolution for which he sacrificed his life," Mbeki said.

He added that deep-seated issues within the ANC were highlighted during the party's 54thnational elective conference, including "a loss of confidence in the ANC because of social distance, corruption, nepotism, arrogance, elitism, factionalism, manipulating organisational principles, abusing state power [and] putting self-interests above the people".

Because of this, "it was natural" that Mlangeni was concerned about the party, he said.

To properly honour his memory, the ANC needed to be renewed, he added.

"We normally say, quite correctly, when people like him depart, their spirit lives on, that we emulate their legacy and that they should rest in peace.

"I think, because we are laying to rest this particular person – this distinguished patriot, this distinguished revolutionary, Andrew Mlangeni – we must say those words with meaning, with conviction," Mbeki said, adding that to say it with conviction would be to commit to the renewal of the ANC.

"I think that it would not be possible to deal with these various challenges that our country faces, including matters of ethical leadership… unless we renew the ANC as was called for by that 54thnational conference.

"If we do that and seriously attend to this, this would be a very good farewell and a very good memory – a good monument – to such an outstanding person… as Andrew Mlangeni was."