ANC Western Cape to draw on past leaders' wisdom ahead of 2019

2017-02-03 20:31
Former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - The African National Congress in the Western Cape is planning on drawing on the wisdom of past leaders in a bid to unite the party.

The party is holding its provincial lekgotla in Worcester, Western Cape, from Friday to Sunday.

On Friday night the lekgotla will be addressed by former provincial leader Ebrahim Rasool as the party reflects on the years when it led the province.

READ: ANC suspends Marius Fransman for 5 years

ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs said the party was now looking toward the 2019 national and provincial elections and did not want to get bogged down by leadership succession issues.

"We are learning from the lessons from the past, when we were united and when we were in control."

Jacobs, who said the party was drawing on the collective wisdom of past leaders, added that Rasool was best placed to reflect on leadership processes and the recipe for success in the province.

"This congress is looking back, reflecting on that difficulty of last year and planning for the way forward. We have extended leadership here, drawing on veterans, drawing on our leaders."

The provincial structure is facing divisions following the suspension of chairperson Marius Fransman.

In November 2016, the ANC's national disciplinary committee found Fransman guilty on two counts of misconduct and suspended his ANC membership for five years.

He however still has support from some regions.

The problems were within the party and the solutions would come from within the ANC's leadership, Jacobs said.

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