‘No trust within ANC’

2015-11-18 09:59
President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s National General Council in Midrand. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake

President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s National General Council in Midrand. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake

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Pietermaritzburg - Insults hurled at president Jacob Zuma by ANC members who marched to the ANC provincial offices on Monday should not come as a shock, political analyst Xolani Dube said on Tuesday.

The ANC members were demanding a rerun of the recent provincial conference where Sihle Zikalala ousted Premier Senzo Mchunu as the new provincial chairperson.

Insults were hurled at the newly elected provincial leaders and Zuma, who were accused of being part the plot that allegedly rigged the votes in the conference held in Pietermaritzburg a week ago.

“This thing of booing and insulting a current president of ANC and the country started here in KZN,” said Dube.

In 2006, the then president Thabo Mbeki was booed by ANC members during the funeral service of anti-apartheid hero Moses Mabhida in Pietermaritzburg.

“So the insults hurled at Zuma should not come as a shock,” he said.

Dube said the march highlighted divisions in the ANC structures.

“This tells us that ANC members no longer trust each other. They always suspect that there are some irregularities.

“There is no longer unity in the party. Evidence of that is that ANC members marched against ANC members,” he said.

University of KwaZulu-Natal political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said the march was a sign that “marriage of convenience” in the province is over.

“The only thing that united ANC KZN members before was that they all wanted Zuma to be elected as the president of the ANC.

“This time they have two different preferred candidates hence I say the marriage of convenience is over,” he said.

Ndlovu said he expected the two factions to continue to clash as they look to make their voices heard in the party’s 2017 national conference.

“The premier league [a lobby group led by the premiers of the Free State Ace Magashule, North West Supra Mahumapelo and Mpumalanga David Mabuza] initially wanted Zuma for a third term.

“The party constitution does not allow that; that is why they turned to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“Those who support Senzo Mchunu want current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be elected as the president.

“Going to 2017, we will not see that unity we saw when they went to Polokwane [in 2007] and Mangaung [in 2012].

“These divisions are very dangerous as we are approaching local government elections. The ANC’s support has been declining and we can expect the same thing to happen next year,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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