ANC factions prepare for battle in Gauteng, KZN

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Pietermaritzburg - The ongoing spat between the provincial leaderships of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng was an indication of the factionalism which would characterise the party’s national conference to be held next year.

This is according to Xolani Dube, of Xubera Research Institute, and political analyst Protas Madlala, speaking after ANC KZN publicly reprimanded ANC Gauteng for diplomatically calling for President Jacob Zuma’s head after the Constitutional Court ruled that he had violated the Constitution in his handling of the Nkandla saga.

ANC KZN moved quickly to slate their Gauteng counterparts, accusing them of being “mischievous” and “disingenuous” for calling for action against Zuma. Dube said the ANC KZN reprimanding ANC Gauteng indicated a fight for dominance among the two provinces.

With the party set to elect new leaders at its 54th national conference in December 2017, the squabble showed that factions had already started lobbying for their favoured candidates. “This is going to be a most contested conference, hence factions have started to roll out their plans,” Dube said.

With ANC Gauteng having not supported Zuma to be elected the ANC president at the last two conferences, he was not surprised that Gauteng had broken ranks and become the first province to question whether Zuma’s apology after the ConCourt judgment was enough to salvage votes.

“Gauteng has always been against Zuma. They supported Mbeki for the third term instead of Zuma in 2007. Gauteng has got an old leadership that did not support Zuma’s election as ANC president,” Dube said.

Madlala said the scuffle between the two provinces was a repeat of events that transpired in the run-up to the 2012 Mangaung conference.

With the two provinces constantly at loggerheads, people should people not be surprised at the latest developments, he said.

“There has always been that tension between Joburg and Durban. Joburg has never been on the side of Zuma and KZN has always supported Zuma.

“Gauteng has always been alone and this happened before the Mangaung Conference where Gauteng supported [Kgalema] Motlanthe to be elected president, having supported [Thabo] Mbeki in 2007,” he said.


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