Factional 'inventions' undermine ANC - Zikalala

2015-10-07 20:41
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Johannesburg - Those who dealt with factions outside the ANC structures were themselves pursuing factionalism, the party's KwaZulu-Natal secretary, Sihle Zikalala, said on Wednesday.

"In the recent period, the ANC and the congress movement as a whole has been inundated with a number of inventions which delude the theoretical orientation of the movement," he said in a statement following its provincial general council ahead of this weekend's national general council.

"In most cases, such inventions are manufactured to label others [rather] than to give critical analysis of the prevailing material conditions."

Some of these invented concepts were "tenderpreneurs", which Zikalala said undermined the ANC and had the potential to undermine economic transformation.

Another new characterisation was the so-called "premier league", which he said was uncalled for.

"If a person believes there is factionalism in the organisation, such a person must engage relevant structures to expose factionalism, [rather] than employing tendencies of labelling and caricaturing others.

"People who normally concoct divisive concepts and label others, they themselves, thrive through nothing else than factionalism and conspiracy theories. "

The "premier league" is said to be a strong lobby group within the ANC which includes Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

The three also chair the ANC in their respective provinces.

War of words

It is alleged that their plan is to entrench themselves as leaders or kingmakers for 2017 when the ANC would elect president Jacob Zuma’s successor.

It is also believed that the group wants Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed her ex-husband as leader of the ANC.

Earlier this week, there was a war of words between the SA Communist Party and the ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal in relation to the "premier league".

The league's provincial deputy chairperson, Kwazi Mshengu, accused the SACP, which is an ANC alliance partner, of trying to link the "premier league" to the outcomes of the national ANCYL congress.

There have been allegations that the newly elected president of the ANCYL, Collen Maine, was imposed on it by the "premier league".

The "young lions" in KwaZulu-Natal called on the SACP to refrain from discussing ANC leadership issues.

On Monday, the league also blamed the SACP for leaking a story to The Sunday Times, saying the ANCYL had met Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in KwaZulu-Natal and itold him it would support Dlamini-Zuma for president in 2017.

Zikalala on Wednesday said members of the ANC had to operate within the structures of the party and engage through that.

"Those who deal with factions outside organisational framework... [they] project the ANC as a movement defined by constant competitions of factions," he said.

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