As the African National Congress NEC is expected to meet, what is high on ANC Lekgotla agenda should be how the party will deal with the widening divisions between CR17 and Radical Economic Transformation forces, as well as the ANC’s performance in the 2021 local government elections.
The divisions within ANC are getting worse at a time the party is headed towards its elective conference in December to choose its top six who will lead the party for the next five years.
Political analyst Professor Rachidi Molapo said as the ANC holds its NEC Lekgotla this weekend recent events involving Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu and President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular, will not help in giving certainty and direction to ANC branches which are also dysfunctional and must be well-managed.
Previously ANC comrades were complaining about the ANC branches being dysfunctional and attributed that to the ongoing factional battles within the party which has visibly teared the party from top to the structures.
The tension between Lindiwe Sisulu and president Cyril Ramaphosa was described by some critics as a way of boosting Sisulu's presidential campaign ahead of the party's elective conference. She is alleged to be backed by the party's Women's League who are in favour of the idea of a female president.
Professor Molapo adds that what is also critical is the implementation of recommendations set out in part 1 of the State Capture Report, which is key to how serious the ANC is in rooting out corruption.
Several ANC heavyweights were implicated at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry as having played a role in enabling the capture of the state. President Cyril Ramaphosa is also one of the ANC top leaders who were implicated by Brian Molefe for having interfered with affairs of the power utility Eskom during his days as deputy president.
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