The former minister of finance and minister in the presidency Trevor Manual says his no longer member of the governing party African National Congress (ANC).
Manual says the party was never the same post the Polokwane conference in 2007.
In an interview with Talk Radio 702 Bongani Bingwa, Manual said his Damascus moment was when former ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe called him a free agent after he said that former president Jacob Zuma should pay back the money used for his Nkandla homestead upgrades.
He adds, “I think close monitoring of the events post Polokwane 2007, even though I remained a member of the NEC for five more years and I remained a member of the cabinet until 2014, the magic, the stance of moral leadership that had shaped the ANC through my youth was gone. I think the event of Polokwane took that away.”
Manual also denied allegation made by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane on DJ Sbu’s Hustlers Corner, that he was part of the formation of Congress of the People (COPE).
“We must not allow Onkgopotse Tabane to make up things when he is sitting with his friends called The Hustlers Corner and just pronounce and then refused to recognise that he may have made an error. JJ can’t make up things about the lives of people when he is sitting with his friends,” said Manuel.
He went further to say, “We must not allow the media to be abused by people who happen to have a PhD in media studies. It should not be abused, it’s much too serious.”
“JJ might be of the means where he can donate lots of money to lawyers. It is a very expensive exercise to litigate, I would like to avoid it that is why I said admit error and let’s move on. He is going to donate a lot of money to lawyers, that is all he is going to do,” Manual added.