ANC national conference policy highlights deeper factions in the party- Analyst

The African National Congress (ANC) National Policy Conference conference has dominated headlines since it kicked off last week. The conference comes to an end on Wednesday.

And what has emerged over the last few days is divisions in the leadership structure.

Joining Africa Melane is Mpumelelo Mkhabela, a fellow at the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria to unpack the status of the ANC's leadership, or lack thereof.

Mkhabela says the conference has been perceived as some kind of leadership contest in the build up to the party's elective conference in December.

He mentions some party members calling for the discipline of former tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, after his comments on land, which contradict the ANC's stance, as a prime example.

Other people known to be supporting Cyril Ramphosa have been insulted and threatened with discipline.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, a fellow at the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria

There is already a proposal spearheaded by the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma camp for the losing presidential candidate to become the party's deputy president automatically, in an effort to clamp down on divisions says Mkhabela.

The NDZ faction quietly believes that if Cyril Ramaphosa wins in December many of them will face criminal charges and arrests.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, a fellow at the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria

The Cyril Ramaphosa camp believes that if the Dlamini-Zuma emerges victorious then the ANC has no prospects of clinching the 2019 general elections.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, a fellow at the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria

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