Zuma Faction Planned To Unseat Ramaphosa’s Faction

PICTURE: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI

PRETORIA: On Monday, the ANC national executive committee met amid threats by its provincial structures to take it to court.

Earlier on Monday, hundreds of ANC members from the West Rand region demonstrated outside St George’s Hotel, where the party’s leadership was meeting, calling for all disputes to be resolved before their region is allowed to hold a conference.

The regional conferences were due to be held ahead of the Gauteng elective conference in two weeks’ time. Current acting chair David Makhura is widely expected to be elected unopposed for the position of the chair while three people are contesting to be his deputy.

ANC head of organizing and campaigns Senzo Mchunu and ANC elections general manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule met with the disgruntled members and promised that Magashule would write to them before the day’s end.

However, analysts suggest that former President Jacob Zuma faction is hellbent in planning to unseat President Cyril Ramaphosa faction. 

According to Political analyst Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, “the tension in the organization is an indication that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s supporters in the party have only a slim majority.

He said this showed that the forces who lost at the ANC’s Nasrec conference were still trying to unseat Ramaphosa’s faction.

The party is facing legal threats from its provincial and regional structures in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. 

On Friday, disgruntled ANC members in the Free State served legal papers on the party ahead of a court challenge over last month’s elective conference.