Former deputy finance minister and ANC MP Mcebisi Jonas says the ANC’s elective conference on December 16 is no longer about only choosing the next ANC President.
Jonas was speaking at the launch of a draft Vision 2030 development plan by Nyandeni local municipality bosses in Mthatha on Tuesday night where he said choosing a new party president is not the only task of those attending the party’s elective conference later this month.
“It is not about choosing leaders but it has gone beyond that‚” he said.
“Those going to December 16‚ you are going there to save the country.”
He said the country was under the grip of corruption and the conference presented delegates with an opportunity for voting for the renewal of the country.
“Things are bad. The country is losing more than R100-billion to state capture and corruption with most of it going out of the country.”
Jonas says as a result of poor governance, the country is now on the brink of collapsing which would affect everyone in it.
The former minister cited mismanagement at state-owned power utility Eskom as a prime example of how things were deteriorating saying as a consequence‚ many companies were now shutting down because they could not afford to buy electricity.