The African National Congress (ANC) says it’s able to learn from its mistakes and that’s what makes it certain that it can tackle the internal problems it faces.
Yesterday, ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member and former Presidency head of policy, Joel Netshitenze, said the party faced a humiliating death if it didn’t reverse a culture that has taken hold of the party since 2009.
Last week, South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande said the ruling party risked imploding if it didn’t change the way it elected leaders.
In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News last week, he also said it’s clear that when Thabo Mbeki was recalled as president in 2008, the symptoms of factionalism were dealt with – but not the cause.
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The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa says they already discussed problems around factionalism and selfish interests at its National General Council (NGC) last year and at other conferences before that.
“We can’t set out the disturbances when people are more in support of an individual than the organisation.”
Kodwa says the ruling party takes Nzimande’s point about managing leadership change seriously, and the ANC is honest with itself about its problems.
“We will have to revisit that and see to what extent the current system of electing leadership is being abused.”
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)