Kgalema Motlanthe’s Biography Causes Speculation Prior to ANC Conference
The newly released Kgalema Motlanthe: A Political Biography by Ebrahim Harvey has revealed Deputy President Motlanthe’s views on the current state of the ANC as well as dismissing speculation that he would not run against President Jacob Zuma if he were to be nominated for the position of ANC leader.
Charles Molele, Rapule Tabane and Matuma Letsoalo of the Mail & Guardian spoke to several sources about the upcoming party conference at Mangaung, while Setumo Stone from Business Day looked at the impact of the revelation made in Motlanthe’s biography that he had prevented Zuma from being expelled from the ANC in 2005:
Kgalema Motlanthe has expressed unhappiness about how the current administration has handled the issues of service delivery to the poor, the abuse of state organs and the state of affairs in the ANC, according to a new book by author and former trade unionist Ebrahim Harvey.
Motlanthe also takes a swipe at ANC leaders for kicking former youth league president Julius Malema out of the organisation.
Suggestions that President Jacob Zuma owes his political survival partly to Kgalema Motlanthe, his putative rival for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC), are likely to unsettle those campaigning for the president’s re-election to a second term.
These revelations are contained in a book, Kgalema Motlanthe: A Political Biography, to be launched this week.
The ANC in Gauteng on Sunday nominated Mr Motlanthe to become president of the organisation when it holds its electoral conference in December.