They say in politics there are no permanent enemies neither are there permanent friends, but the factional tensions within the African National Congress are prolonging the enmity between comrades and that is bad for the movement which desperately need to rebrand itself for it to survive it's demise.
Carl Niehaus said before Gwede Mantashe joined the politics of factionalism, he used to speak with a sound mind, but now that his political conscience has left him, he has become different.
"So, cde Gwede Mantashe, this was when you still had a political conscience? You describe exactly the situation now (it's even worse!), but you promote and defend it. When politics leaves one, it doesn't say goodbye. Your beard is white with all the cream that you are slurping up," said Carl Niehaus.
Although Gwede Mantashe is aligned to CR17 faction of the African National Congress, he recently cried foil that there is a plot to take him out. He argues that there are external forces who are working tirelessly for him to be driven far away or cause conflict between him and president Cyril Ramaphosa.
As the African National Congress is gearing up towards its elective conference to be held in December, factions are lobbying and campaigning for their preferred candidates whom they feel should contest for the top six.
With the factional tensions going on, it is not clear whether or not those who are holding current top six positions will still stand a chance to be re-elected again in December. Numerous calls are being made for new blood to take up leadership positions.
Some of the young comrades whose names have been making waves and want to contest at the party's national conference include minister of Justice Ronald Lamola who is vying for the deputy president post and Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma who is eyeing to contest president Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC presidency.
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