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Gwede says ANC not opposed to leadership changes

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the ruling party is open to the idea of holding an early elective conference.

During a press briefing at Luthluli House, Mantashe said the ANC will not rest until it has learnt from its mistakes.

EWN's Masa Kekana reports that the ANC will discuss the possibility of moving the elective conference earlier, after an urgent proposal by the ANC Youth League.

He said that the early conference would only be an option if the stakeholders in the ANC reached a consensus on the matter.

Mantashe conceded that provincial structures were not speaking in a unified voice, and that it was important to take a collective decision.

Mantashe said that the ANC is not opposed to leadership changes, and even went as far as to say that he would step down from his position in the movement if need be, reports Kekana.

He said they are going to go back and see if there needs to be a change in leadership, which they are not opposed to.

Masa Kekana, EWN reporter

He made examples of other liberation movements that have lost power because of lack of unity.

Mantashe added that South Africans should separate facts from perceptions around corruption and President Jacob Zuma.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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