Western Cape ANC needs clear heir to Fransman - analyst

2016-02-26 15:00
Marius Fransman. (Sharief Jaffer, Foto24)

Marius Fransman. (Sharief Jaffer, Foto24)

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Cape Town – The deployment of two "respected" national executive committee members to the African National Congress in the Western Cape will ensure the party continues to function, analysts have said.

This after the party sent the members to provide stability in the embattled province.

Fransman was asked to step aside following accusations of sexual harassment, while the party’s provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs was also temporarily removed from his post after assault charges were laid against him.

NEC members Sue van der Merwe and Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, an MP from Limpopo, were introduced on Thursday as caretakers in the province.

They were introduced as members who would be "taking care" of the province.

The caretakers would only be in place until the cases against Fransman and Jacobs were resolved, the ANC's Derek Hanekom said on Thursday.

University of the Western Cape analyst Professor Keith Gottschalk said because one of the deployees comes from outside the province, she would bring no political baggage with her.

And Van der Merwe’s elderly stateswoman status would be respected by all factions, he said.

The move, however, might not have much effect on the factions as they predated the Fransman era, Gottschalk said.

Another analyst, Daniel Silke, said the party needed to appoint a clear heir to Fransman if it wanted to increase stability.

He said the party lacked a clear succession plan, which would make it more difficult to replace Fransman, if the need arose.

Silke said the party in the province lacked a proper chain of command.

"The real problem is that they don’t have a clear leadership structure. No heir apparent for these leaders," he said.

He said the national leaders would have to carry the party’s election campaign this year, as they were more likely to get results.

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