The former president has come down hard on his party, which he reportedly says needs a reality check to get rid of those only in it for the ‘largesse’.

Kgalema Motlanthe has told the BBC that it would be better for the ANC to lose power in order for it to get a wake-up call and rid itself of the corruption it is “associated with”.

He served as South Africa’s third democratic president between 2008 and 2009.

Talking to BBC Hardtalk, he said:

“It would be good for the ANC itself. Let me tell you why: because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it, will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it.”

For the ANC to renew itself, it would first have to “hit rock bottom” and show lots of courage, he said.

“It has to lose elections for the penny to drop,” Motlanthe told the BBC.