If you asked Kgalema Motlanthe who he'd vote for, he'd say the ANC

Kgalema Motlanthe served as President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009, following the resignation of Thabo Mbeki.

During his hour long conversation with 702 and CapeTalk host Eusebius McKaiser the former president opened up about his views on the current on issues of the African National Congress (ANC), President Jacob Zuma and state institutions and whether or not he had any hopes of being number one again - this time for a full four-year term.

On the current leadership of the ANC

The current leadership does itself a great disservice by substituting itself for the general membership of the ANC. It is therefore robbing itself of ideas that could emerge from the general membership. The elected structures act as those they are the organisation, as if the organisation begins and ends with them.

Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of South Africa

On whether or not he would continue voting for the ANC

I would vote for the ANC because I believe in the ANC. You'd have to understand and distinguish between the ANC and the ANC leadership at various levels of the state and government. This is the problem of an elected leadership structure substituting itself for the general membership.

Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of South Africa

There is a distinction between an organisation and those elected into leadership structures, the same way the government is the face of the state for one term at a time.

Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of South Africa

If he would jump at another opportunity to become president again?

No. Not at all. I'm of the view that there are many young professionals with adequate leadership skills. When Oliver and Adelaide joined the ANC they were in their mid-thirties. The idea of recycling leaders is a bad one. I'd be happy to work with younger people behind the scenes.

Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of South Africa

Also read: Zuma is the ANC. The ANC is Zuma, the two inseparable - Kgalema Motlanthe

On President Zuma's successor

Whoever takes over will have to build the state almost from scratch.

Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of South Africa

Take a listen to the full interview in the audio below:


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