JOHANNESBURG, Former Souther African president Kgalema Motlanthe says it the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is in need of a serious wake-up call and it will be good for the party to lose the next general election due in 2019.

Speaking during an interview on the Hard Talk programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation aired Tuesday, Motlanthe, a former ANC deputy president, says the the electorate will vote out the ANC if it continues to be, as he put it, "associated with corruption and failure".

Motlanthe says some elements in the ANC are in the governing party only for the 'largesse', the money they can make.

"It will be good for the ANC itself, because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit, will desert it; and only then would the possibility arise for .... salvaging whatever is left of it."

Meanwhile, the ANC has deferred its response to Motlanthe's statement that it will be good for the governing party to lose the next general election in 2019.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says he will respond after watching the entire BBC interview when it's repeated.


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