Jason Felix | ANC's Eastern Cape conference reveals push for party unity rings hollow

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Oscar Mabuyane and Babalo Madikizela holding hands at the African National Congress (ANC) 9th Provincial Conference earlier this month in East London, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Daily Maverick/Felix Dlangamandla)
Oscar Mabuyane and Babalo Madikizela holding hands at the African National Congress (ANC) 9th Provincial Conference earlier this month in East London, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Daily Maverick/Felix Dlangamandla)

It's hard not to perceive President Cyril Ramaphosa's speeches about ANC unity as hollow. Over the weekend, the ANC Eastern Cape elective conference symbolised how the governing party has been limping along, clinging to the concept of meaningless unity, writes Jason Felix.

At the genesis of this weekend's regional conference in East London, ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe warned delegates and those contesting leadership positions about hollow victories.

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