Responding on Tuesday to a question on how the African National Congress (ANC) planned to deal with those who use state resources for political battles, secretary-general Gwede Manatashe said the party has no direct authority over government to address the issue.
Speaking at a press briefing on the state of readiness for the party's national conference in December, Mantashe suggested there is no action the ruling party can take to stop the abuse of state resources.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says these comments are concerning and insincere.
The statement almost says the ANC has lost control, it has no recourse on the people that it actually employs to government.— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
I think Mr Mantashe will have to explain himself further here so that he can be understood the way he would like to.— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
The ANC is a big organisation, well established with internal processes, and it should take responsibility for people it deploys to government,— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
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