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ANC To Split Along Factional Lines Ahead Of 2022 Conference?

ANC is limping following it's humiliating defeat in key metros they had been holding on to for years, this signifies a new dawn where ANC is losing its grip on power and the election numbers were a testimony to that.

What many ANC comrades fear is the split of the ANC along factional lines. This has been looming for some time now especially with the idea that some of the party's top leaders like Thabo Mbeki have been perpetuating that in order for the movement to be saved, it had to first split and those who remain will start building it again.

Political analyst, Stephen Grootes said what does appear to be almost certain is that the ANC’s hold over the country, its automatic dominance, the way it has been able to control the outcome of processes, is now severely damaged, perhaps permanently.

He said there is a possibility of ANC splitting along the factional lines considering what is happening in council meetings where some ANC councillors are voting with the opposition.

"While there are many dynamics at play, and our political situation is growing increasingly complex, it does now appear undeniable that the ANC is going through a process of splintering. That is to say, it appears that the party factions are pulling in their own, often opposite, directions.

Consider how often ANC members in provinces simply disobey orders from above. Last week in Mamusa, North West, ANC councillors voted for an EFF speaker, before the voting process for mayor was stopped," he said. 

He adds that the same incident happened happenedin Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, where ANC councillors also voted with opposition parties, electing an independent councillor as mayor; and something similar appears to have happened in Mkhondo.

All these are tale tell signs that the centre within the ruling party, ANC is not holding and a split might not be evitable.

Cyril Ramaphosa's faction is fighting to prove that it is the legitimate representation of the ANC, while the RET of Ace Magashule also refuses to bow down and calls for the resolutions adopted at Nasrec to be fully implemented.

These tensions are bad for the movement and only a miracle might help merge the factions if it is to survive a split.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-11-28-the-ancs-unbearable-splintering-of-being/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1638131006

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