Stalwarts of the African National Congress (ANC) held a consultative conference on Friday at the Constitutional Hill, Braamfontein in Johannesburg, aimed at finding ways for the party to 'self-correct'.
The veterans and stalwarts group indicated last week that the conference would be attended by the party's branches and some of its leaders.
Earlier this week, ANC deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte revealed that the party has not sanctioned the conference and it would be inappropriate for the stalwarts and veterans to use the organisation's logos and colours for the gathering.
The conference was attended by ANC Members of Parliament, Mcebisi Jonas, Pravin Gordhan, Human Settlements minister, Lindiwe Sisulu as well as former president, Thabo Mbeki, reports Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter.
People like Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom and Lindiwe Sisulu are endorsing it and said they fail to understand how the ANC would not sanction such a critical conference that is meant to discuss how the party is meant to be fixed.— Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter
What was interesting today though, is that there was an address by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, chairperson, Professor Njabulo Ndebele who was frank on the state of the party.— Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter
According to Manyathela, Ndebele also criticised President Jacob Zuma and accused him of abjugating his duties to a certain family.
On Saturday, there will be messages of support from the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the ANC says Manyathela.
What will be interesting tomorrow, is to see if anyone will get on that podium and declare their support to stalwarts and veterans on behalf of the ANC. Whoever does that will be defying the party.— Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter
Take a listen for the full report on the consultative conference in the clip below: