Senior ANC leadership loyal to ex-president Jacob Zuma have been accused of maintaining a low profile during their election campaign. Allies of Cyril Ramaphosa feel that members like Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane have not been pulling their weight in the run up to one of the most hotly contested elections in recent history.
Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma within senior ANC leadership have been accused of slacking off in regards to campaigning for their party in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
Allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa have complained that Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane and Supra Mahumapelo have not being pulling their weight to promote their party.
COSATU has been calling for disciplinary action to be taken against anyone attempting to undermine the ANC's campaign.
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National Executive Committee members feel that this is part of a plan to diminish support for the ruling party and use it against Ramaphosa at the 2020 national general council.
According to News24, the ANC Youth League, women's league and the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association have been comparatively silent this year.
Fikile Mbalula, ANC head of elections, says that numerous leaders are 'on the ground' promoting the party. Mbalula explained that Mokonyane had been dealing with a 'delicate' situation at home:
“She is on the ground. Many of the ANC leaders are on the ground. I think the weakness is that we are not exposed to their programmes. We will have to address that on our part. They are on the ground. They work very hard.”
A senior ANC official commented on the alleged division within the party, saying that Zuma loyalists were determined to diminish support for Cyril Ramaphosa and had nothing to lose should the ANC lose the election:
“Their fightback strategy is well resourced. They have nothing to lose. They don’t care whether the ANC wins or loses elections. Most of them are aware that they are not coming back as ministers after elections. They know that if Cyril continues to be the president, they will go to jail.”
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