The African National Congress (ANC) completed big provincial meetings in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal over the weekend.
On Friday the party will be holding a consultative conference and on Sunday the ANC’s policy conference officially gets underway.
At the weekend, President Jacob Zuma arrived unscheduled at the Kwa-Zulu Natal ANC’s provincial general council and skipped a planned trip to the Eastern Cape.
Meanwhile, the Gauteng ANC has said it refuses to accept Zuma’s view that ANC provinces are not supposed to negotiate with one another over proposed leaders, and has said there is no such thing in the party as the phrase 'white monopoly capital'.
Stephen Grootes spoke to political analyst, Lukhona Mnguni about what came out of these meetings.
One wouldn't want to think that he has to street fight but remember that KZN has Zweli Mkhize, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to an extent now Jeff Radebe and Baleka Mbete. KZN is home to a number of other contestants, because of the divisions within the province they have now started to translate into the national question.— Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst
If there was no disagreement between the Senzo Mcunu camp and the Zikalalala camp you might find that they wouldn't have disagreed on the leadership question.... this is why we now see the President has to street fight.— Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst
Mnguni says there is a move within the ANC to try and mend, or at least manage, the split.
If the ANC splits now it will not come into power in 2019.— Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst
So members are beginning to talk about 'leadership by consensus', and 'arranged leadership', he adds.
Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....