Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has rubbished claims that he is interested in taking over from President Jacob Zuma.

“Personally I am not keen to stand again as president. I think it is a bad idea to recycle leaders,” Motlanthe said.

In an interview with Power FM, Motlanthe said he believed he would make a better contribution providing political education.

“They mustn’t even think about it, it’s a bad idea.”


Although he refused to share his views on who he would like to see taking the party forward, he emphasised the importance of strong branches.

“If you take away the power of the branches to nominate, that is corruption.”

Motlanthe, who is often lauded for his thorough knowledge of the ANC, said if a consultative conference was to take place, it would have to be convened by current leaders.

Current secretary general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe has said the ANC’s national executive committee members were in agreement with its veterans, who had called for a consultative conference.