Trevor Andrew Manuel (born 31 January 1956) is a South African politician who served in the government of South Africa as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2009, during the presidencies of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, and subsequently as Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014 under President Jacob Zuma.

Trevor Manuel wants South Africans to realise that the country need not just a new leader, but one who is experienced, young and capable of piloting the country to the promise land.

Manuel has been in the political system serving as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2009, during the presidencies of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, and subsequently as Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014.

“I don’t understand it. This is not the ANC of Madiba. With my experience, if given the opportunity, i can fix the mess of the current regime,” Trevor Manuel said.

He said the ANC needs to bring through a generation of people who want to be there for the collective interest of all South Africans.”

President Jacob Zuma is currently aged 75, his Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa is 64.

They are considered as one of the oldest African leaders holding public offices.

He emphasized on the importance of active civil societies in keeping governmental organisations accountable.