- The ANC in the Western Cape is eyeing Lynne Brown as a potential provincial leader
- This follows the disbanding of the provincial executive committee
- The PEC had become dysfunctional due to infighting
The ANC is reportedly considering former minister of public enterprises Lynne Brown as its provincial leader in the Western Cape.
According to insiders, Luthuli House has its sights set on installing Brown as Western Cape premier.
This comes as the party has announced its interim provincial executive committee (PEC) in the province.
The committee includes Brown as well as senior ANC figures such as Faez Jacobs and Ebrahim Rasool, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
According to The Citizen, one of major reasons that Brown is being considered is because she has not been involved in the infighting and factionalism which has divided the Western Cape ANC.
Indeed, the factionalism grew so bad that the party's provincial structures became dysfunctional, with ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe describing it as an "internal disintegration". As a result, they were disbanded, leading to Ace Magashule's announcement this week of the interim PEC.
However, some party members have raised concerns over whether Brown would actually be able to reunite the party. Some have even suggested that Brown's leadership could add fuel to the factionalism fire. This is because Brown's selection as provincial leader would be a victory for her allies, but may lead to some other party members being locked out of influential positions.
Additionally, there are concerns about what Brown's leadership would mean for the ANC's election prospects. This is because Brown previously served as Western Cape premier but was defeated by DA candidate Helen Zille in 2009.
There are concerns that, if Brown is elected, her premiership may allow the DA to rebound in support - a charge that was leveled against Brown after Zille first took office.
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