Trevor Manuel responds to ANC criticism

Trevor Manuel responds to ANC criticism

There has been quite a bit of controversy between the African National Congress (ANC) and former NEC member and Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in recent days.

It all started when Manuel quoted by News24 as referring to the period in power of the ANC since 1994 as “almost three decades that have been wasted”.

The ANC, after reading the article, issued a statement Manuel’s comments, saying there no need to paint a “doomed” picture of the country and the media.

MANUEL RESPONDS TO ANC

On Tuesday August 25, a day after the ANC’s statement, Manuel in an interview with SAFM, said he would not apologize for his comments and referred to 10 lost years instead of 30.

“I won’t apologize for the basic premise which is 10 years lost and we can follow that. Before the 10 lost years and before Polokwane, you can see happened in the economy, there growth, there job creation. The lives of South Africans were improving, but it is not possible to say that and speak of 30 lost years as if there no contradiction, ”he said.

Manuel also said he not contacted by the ANC before the statement released, nor by the journalist who originally wrote the story. Nonetheless, he said he would not apologize for his comments on the 10-year waste, especially during the time of former President Jacob Zuma.

Referring to and controversial redeployment Zandile Gumede, he said there is no way for a politician to perform his duties while being accused of wrongdoing.

PERFORMANCE PART URGES FORMER FINANCE MINISTER NOT TO FALL IN TRAP

In a statement Monday, the ANC urged Manuel not to fall into the trap. It said:

“We painfully aware of an ongoing attack on our movement which is desperately choreographed across various social media platforms and urge Manuel not to fall into trap,” he said.

The party said taken at face value, Manuel’s statements could vaguely imply triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality began in 1994.

The party said they attributed the economic challenges and social diseases facing South Africa today.

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