Conventional wisdom holds the view that the prevalence of factionalism in the ANC is tantamount to the movement being essentially in a fight with itself, the dynamics inside the party are such that one ought to have a belonging in a certain faction, be it the CR faction - which is constituted by reformists and Liberal Democrats - or in the RET brigade, which champions economic transformation through radical means.
Whoever believes the existence of factions is a mythical proposition, must be awoken from their deep slumber in cloud-cuckoo land. President Ramaphosa has been quoted on many occasions, lamenting the state of penelopic disunity in the party, and since the hugely-contested Nasrec conference in 2017, his immediate objective was to unite the party, however, suffice to say he has dismally failed to achieve that.
There are those in his midst, who still believe they hold an outside chance of ousting him by all means possible. Take for instance the 8 members led by the controversial Onica Maphisa, who held a press briefing on Monday, outlining their 'programme of action' on exactly how they intent to compel the ANC Disciplinary committee to have Ramaphosa charged for his alleged use of money to influence the conference in his favour.
Although in a splangirian utopia they could be lent an ear to ventilate their issues, one cannot in all honesty envisage a situation whereby the National Disciplinary Committee chairperson, Mildred Olifant would even consider bringing charges against Ramaphosa.
Of course, it is not lost on me to remind all, that the Chairperson of the DC, Olifant, was at one point in her political career a huge Jacob Zuma ally, who held ministerial role for many years during his catastrophic state capture years.
Just like many other of her comrades, she was alleged to have had a conflict of interest after a director friend of hers scooped a whopping R1.9 billion tender for AccentureSA in 2019.
Although she was cleared by public protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, many were really convinced that the smoke probably had fire behind it.
Despite that, her position now as the chair of the one of the most important structure of the party demands that she be beyond reproach.
Meanwhile, one of Ramaphosa's most vocal critics, MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus indicated that the CR17 Bank statements issue must never be abandoned.
"The matter of the CR17Funds will not go away. Now that an Application for charges have been filed with the ANC National Disciplinary Committee it must be processed. Bought elections can never be accepted," Niehaus tweeted.
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