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Gwede Mantashe's Nhleko criticism

Ranjeni Munusamy spoke to Stephen Grootes about the statement Gwede Mantashe made recently - criticising Minister Nhleko's statement that South Africans will continue to pay for Nkandla's maintenance.

Listen to the conversation with Ranjeni and Stephen below:

The African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions have been meeting this week to discuss a host of issues including the ongoing instability in its union partner. The Secretary-General spoke to John Robbie about some of the issues that the alliance seem to be divided and the state of the alliance.

Gwede spoke of concerns that ANC has on the state of COSATU:

Divisions in COSATU are a major problem for us. Having listened to the latest developments of people moving out of COSATU, we can't help but sympathise with COSATU and say let's help them be strong and face these issues.

Mantashe also spoke of criticism of President Zuma's leadership, saying that South Africa does not adopt an American presidential system but rather a party system, meaning that ANC as a party needs to make leadership of South Africa work - not Zuma as an individual.

Asked about his criticism of Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko's statement that Zuma's Nkandla home will still cost more money, Mantashe says:

I am critical of the Police Minister's statement that says that there will be more money put on Nkandla. If the minister makes such statements he must explain, so that people don't panic. The issue of Nkandla still remains sensitive in our society.

Listen to John's conversation with Gwede Mantashe below:

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