South Africa's ruling party 'split' ahead of party vote

ANC spokesman denies divisions within the party, which has ruled since end of apartheid 

South Africa's ruling party 'split' ahead of party vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is divided into rival factions as delegates prepare to meet next month, analysts have said.

The party, which has governed the country since the end of apartheid in 1994, will elect its new leaders, including its president and deputy, at a conference in December.

“The ANC today is much more divided than it has ever been before,” political analyst Shadrack Gutto told Anadolu Agency.

Gutto, the former director of the Centre for African Renaissance Studies at the University of South Africa, said there are many contenders for the top positions, creating factions that threaten the party’s grip on power.

“In my view, the ANC will be weaker after its party elections but that does not mean it will not remain a major political party,” Gutto said.

Andre Duvenhage, a political science professor at South Africa’s North-West University, agreed on divisions within the party.

“There are about seven candidates contesting for the position of ANC president, which has created divisions in the party along party branches and provinces,” he said.

Jacob Zuma, 75, has served as the country’s president since 2009, having been elected ANC leader two years earlier. His time in office has been marked by allegations of corruption against the former communist.

Duvenhage said it remained to be seen if the ANC would still be a unified party after the conference.

Although several candidates will stand for the presidency, the race will narrow to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former AU Commission Chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize.


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