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Premature to talk about burial of the ANC in 2024, Mabuza warns

Despite the country's faltering economy and severe power outages, ANC deputy president David Mabuza insists that the party will make it through the make-or-break 2024 national elections despite being plagued by the "demons" of corruption and factionalism. He explained that this is because the ANC has a firm grasp on voter preferences. 

On Thursday, Mabuza addressed party members in Polokwane and said those who said the ANC was doomed were wrong. When compared to the party's continuous collapse at the polls, which saw it earn less than 50 percent of the vote for the first time in last year's local government elections, his claims seem at odds with reality. 

According to an internal report, 36% of province residents back Gauteng. The ANC received 62.5% of the vote in Gauteng during the local government elections in 2006, but that number dropped dramatically in 2017. 

During the height of Cyril Ramaphosa's popularity with the voting majority in 2019, the ANC received 57.5 percent of the vote in the general election. Since its peak in 2009, when it earned 65.9 percent of the vote, the African National Congress (ANC) has been steadily declining, with its support falling to 62.1 percent in the most recent elections. 

As the featured speaker, Mabuza was in Polokwane to give the Peter Mokaba memorial lecture's opening address. There will be much conjecture concerning the ANC's final resting place in 2024. It's audible to me. Some groups have begun speculating that the ANC is on its last legs and will soon collapse. That is a stretch, in my opinion. Particularly here in Limpopo. The ANC was founded in this province. 

After the November local elections, the ANC's national support fell below 50% for the first time since the country's democratic beginnings. Once respected as the final authority in Mpumalanga, Mabuza has seen his influence wane to the point where he was not even invited to his home province's provincial conference when Mandla Ndlovu was chosen as the provincial chair. 

Ndlovu earlier stated that Mabuza, who played a key role in Ramaphosa's election as ANC president in 2018, had not been invited. 

As the party prepares for its elective conference in December, Mabuza urged its members to maintain discipline in the face of pressure from lobby organizations. The meeting itself is temporary. There have been leaders, and there have been leaders who have come and gone. There's no need to get into a battle over this. 


Speaking about the factional struggles inside the ANC, Mabuza warned that the public was not interested in the party's internal strife. The struggle within the ANC is of little significance to the public. Services are a source of concern for the public. They demand access to running water, power, roads, schools for their children, medical care, and health clinics. They care nothing about a fight between us and us. It's time for this to end. It has to end. Before leaving the podium, he said, "factionalism within the ranks and corruption... because if I'm chair of a branch, I stand a decent position of being a councillor." He went on to say that these two problems had plagued the organization since 1994. If I am the regional chair, I will likely be elected mayor, and if I am the provincial chair, I will likely be elected premier. 


“Comrade Mokaba would have disliked modern-day corruption as much as he hated apartheid corruption. It is safe to assume that he would have disapproved of the prevalence of corruption among our ranks, especially among ANC members.


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https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-07-01-premature-to-talk-about-burial-of-the-anc-in-2024-mabuza-warns/

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