Outgoing ANC Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe gave his last media briefing in Nasrec at the party's 54th Elective Conference.
EWN reporter Gaye Davis says Mantashe spoke to the incoming ANC leadership saying that "they must hit the ground running because 2019 elections are just around the corner".
He says they have to restore the trust that's been lost in the ANC. They have to regain the ground that they have lost in terms of the electoral losses...— Gaye Davis, EWN senior reporter
Mantashe also spoke about state capture and the fact that it's still dividing the ANC but he says the new leadership has to develop a coherent approach to it.
Davis says it was interesting to hear Mantashe speak about state capture and its existence, something that President Jacob Zuma has been insisting is just a media creation.
He also touched on his relationship with President Jacob Zuma, she says.
This speaks to the kind of person Mantashe is, because he spoke about the qualities that the President has, his gift to speaking to ordinary people and his deep understanding of the ANC.— Gaye Davis, EWN senior reporter
I think that was generous on the part of Mantashe... He denied any breakdown in the relationship between him and the President.— Gaye Davis, EWN senior reporter
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