- The ANC has confirmed that a large delegation of its members would receive training from the Chinese Communist Party
- Around 300 ANC officials will receive election and propaganda training ahead of the 2019 general election
- ANC election chief Fikile Mbalula dismissed the reports and said the ruling party could learn nothing from China because it was not a democratic society
The African National Congress (ANC) is looking towards China for more than just investments. The ruling party had confirmed that a large delegation of its members would receive election strategy and propaganda training from the Chinese Communist Party (CPC).
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said some 300 ANC officials would attend a CPC training academy which aimed to improve discipline and party loyalty. Magashule said the ANC could take lessons from the CPC about how to run an effective election campaign and how to best use propaganda.
The ANC’s national spokesperson Pule Mabe seemed to contradict Magashule and said that while the ruling party was planning on sending delegates to a training academy the party was not looking to learn anything about propaganda from the CPC.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mabe said Magashule’s comments were taken out of context. He said Magashule was referring to expanding on existing cooperation between the ruling party and the Chinese Academy.
Mabe added that the current delegation’s training was not specifically aimed at the 2019 general election and that cooperation would continue beyond 2019.
TimesLive.co.za reported that the ANC’s elections boss Fikile Mbalula slammed the report and said the ANC could not and would not take any lessons from China about elections because the country was not a democratic society.
Mbalula said it was silly to think the ANC would be willing to take lessons from a one-party state.
The upcoming 2019 elections are expected to be the biggest test of the ANC’s grip on power since the party took control of the country in 1994.
Opposition party’s smelled blood in the final months of former president Jacob Zuma’s administration and the Democratic Alliance (DA) even started making tentative coalition arrangements in the event that the ANC did not maintain its majority in Parliament.
Since President Cyril Ramaphosa took office the ANC has regained some of its lost form and it seems likely that the party will maintain its majority even if that majority is less than it has ever been.
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