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Pravin Gordhan: ANC party 'needs to tackle' corruption

South Africa's ruling political party, the ANC, has often faced allegations of corruption, including those from its own members.

Ronnie Kasrils, one of the country's most prominent anti-apartheid campaigners and a former ANC minister, has called for a "shake-up" within the party.

He told the Today programme's Justin Webb that South Africa has "a ruling party that is in serious internal difficulty and in trouble with its allies and with the public at large.

"Talking as a member of the [ANC] movement since 1960… I've become increasingly critical of the corruption and lack of firm leadership… [as well as] the scandals affecting the head of state President Zuma," he continued.

Pravin Gordhan, the country's finance minister, admitted that corruption within the party "is a factor [the government] needs to tackle", but that South Africa has more important issues.

"The more accurate picture would be that we have made huge strides in 19 years, and like any other human endeavour we could have certainly done better," he added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 9 December 2013.

  • 09 Dec 2013
  • From the section Africa