Mantashe and Lungisa tiff is indicative of ANC factional divisions - analyst

New African National Congress regional chairman Andile Lungisa may face disciplinary action for what has been described as a personal attack on ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, at the weekend just days before his election.

According to reports by The Herald, Mantashe had previously protested against Lungisa’s bid to campaign for the position and said the party’s constitution does not allow for a provincial leader to contest a seat in the regional structure.

Lungisa, however, slammed Mantashe and accused him of being motivated by factional interests.

In a personal letter sent to the regional chairman and published by The Herald, Mantashe confirmed he had reported Lungisa to the ANC’s top six and that he has laid a charge.

President Jacob Zuma personally endorsed Lungisa’s election in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Political analyst Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi says the statements show that the apparent rift in ANC structures is nothing new.

I think the cracks have always been there between the general secretary and the so called ‘pro-Zuma’ faction within the African National Congress.

Dr Sethugelo Matebesi, Political Analyst

We have seen numerous pronouncement made by the general secretary only to be disputed by a leader, provincial leader or leader at some other level.

Dr Sethugelo Matebesi, Political Analyst

This is indicative if the divisions in the African National Congress.

Dr Sethugelo Matebesi, Political Analyst

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