“They must stop it because it is dangerous to the movement. It hurts Comrade Zuma. People must not abuse his name to cover for their own misdemeanours. The ANC can’t be sitting on the fence and it must lead the society. Leading society means we must enter painful areas.” – Gwede Mantashe, Mail & Guardian, 10 January 2018.
“It is easy to say there is a new leadership and therefore the ANC must do this. It is not as simple as that. It is about having that new leadership as part of broader programme of ratification, but if you are going to put that leadership and expect it to be messiah you are setting it for failure.” – Gwede Mantashe, eNCA, 6 January 2018.
“After the Nasrec conference Bishop Mokgoba said we must remove Zuma immediately and I send a message to him as a chairperson I said to him Bishop this loud hailing at the ANC makes our life difficult for us inside the ANC. Because once you loud hail the ANC it closes it ranks. Once you shout at it closes it ranks it stop listening. I want to appeal comrades please give this new NEC an opportunity to deal with the challenges facing the ANC.” – Gwede Mantashe, eNCA, 6 January 2018.
“We have a president who has money, who’s wealthy, who will not be tempted to steal… He is the president of the ANC. He is wealthy, he is rich. If he steals we will ask him why do you steal, because you have enough?” – Gwede Mantashe, eNCA, 5 January 2018.
“You can’t have an ANC that is seen as synonymous with corruption. It can’t be. We can’t have an ANC that is having a trust deficit between itself as a movement of the people and the people.” – Gwede Mantashe, eNCA, 5 January 2018.
“If we can’t do the right thing‚ we must offer to resign [refering to Jacob Zuma]. If you can’t do that‚ you are failing Oliver Tambo.” – Gwede Mantashe, News24, 5 January 2018.
“We can’t have doubts about 2019, we have to work to improve and increase our support … we want a better ANC, because a better ANC is good for the country.” – Gwede Mantashe, BusinessDay, 18 December 2017.
“There are indications of a growing trust deficit between society and the ANC. In the second half of this term, we saw a decline in our performance in the 2016 local government elections, dropping by eight percent compared to the 2014 elections,” “Of particular concern are the massive losses incurred in the metros, something that threatened to relegate the ANC into a rural party, in a similar manner to other liberation movements that are in decline.” – Gwede Mantashe, The Citizen, 18 December 2017.
“A trend that should concern is that of membership recruitment being intensified towards conferences, mostly as a mechanism for provinces to garner more delegates. Hence membership fluctuations that makes our membership look suspect in terms of the basic understanding of the organisation.” – Gwede Mantashe, Mail and Guardian, 18 December 2017.
”Leaving an office I enjoyed for 10 years is a mixed feeling. It’s a very difficult office, very complex … you absorb blame for everything and not get any credit for anything … and that’s it, we have enjoyed it … we are coming to an end.” – Gwede Mantashe, IOL ,14 December 2017.
The ANC will come through this conference a better ANC, and it will go ahead and win the election in 2019. We are going to this conference with our eyes not on the 20th of December, our eyes are on 2019.” – Gwede Mantashe, The Citizen, 13 December 2017
“Unity is not something artificial. It’s not like taking a syrup mixing it with water and calling it unity. Unity is about appreciating that if you disagree about a preferred candidate, you are not enemies.” – Gwede Mantashe, The New Age, 1 December 2017.