- Factionalism continues to threaten to split the ANC ahead of provincial and regional elective conferences
- The ANC has instructed the provinces to hold elective conferences between May and June
- In KwaZulu-Natal five regions revealed that they had lost confidence in their provincial task team, who oversee the planning of provincial conferences
One of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s biggest challenges, when he became the president of the African National Congress (ANC), was uniting the party. With provincial and regional elective conferences looming, factionalism continues to threaten to split the party.
As an example, five regions in KwaZulu-Natal have revealed that they had lost confidence in their provincial task teams (PTT), who oversee the planning of provincial conferences. The five regions in question supported Ramaphosa at the ANC’s National Elective Conference.
Howard Msomi from the lower South Coast region, said the PTT was punishing those regions who supported Ramaphosa. He said: "Delegates who attended the Nasrec conference have been removed from the voters roll ahead of the provincial conference, bogus members are allowed to participate in branch general meetings and political killings are continuing."
Briefly.co.za gathered that political analysts have warned factionalism will continue to play a massive part in the ANC unless the party’s leaders could come up with a plan to solve the problem.
One such solution which has been suggested was to send losing conference members to Parliament.
Meanwhile, ANC members in Gauteng will have to choose who will become the deputy chairperson of the province. Supporters of Premier David Makhura want former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau for the position, while others are backing economic development MEC Lebogang Maile.
In Mpumalanga, there are four candidates for the provincial chairperson position which was left vacant when David Mabuza was appointed deputy president.
The real contest is going to be between ANC acting provincial chairman Mandla Ndlovu, a Mabuza ally, and former provincial executive committee member Peter Nyoni, who has been endorsed by a small group of ANC Women's League members.
The ANC Youth League is backing Ndlovu to continue with the work of Mabuza.
Tim Tebeila has added his name to the list of candidates for Limpopo treasurer. Tebeila will come up against the incumbent Danny Msiza.
Tebeila’s critics have expressed concern over his ability to serve as treasurer because, they say, all of his business ventures have collapsed. Tebeila has disputed this and claimed everything he does is successful.
Limpopo premier and ANC provincial chairman Stan Mathabatha is set to retain his position.
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