How will the factional battles within the ruling party play out as the ANC holds its national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend?
Some analysts believe that existing divisions will deepen, particularly around the fate of long-serving party member Derek Hanekom after his admission that he met with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) about ousting former president Jacob Zuma through a vote of no confidence.
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Xolani Dube, political analyst from the Xubera Institute for Research and Development, sees the official statement by ANC Secretary-general Ace Magashule calling for disciplinary action against Hanekom, as a misplaced reflection of hatred.
That letter is an exhibition of hatred among the ANC members. It was not for him (Ace Magashule) to write such a letter, for him it should be to communicate the decision of the NEC or of the top officials of the ANC.— Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development
That speaks volumes about how a political organisation that is so divided, that so hates each other, can lead our country.— Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development
Dube says this leaves a lot of questions to be asked by citizens regarding the objectives of the ruling party.
He believes, as the recipients of social services, the people of South Africa have been forsaken by an ANC elite consumed by the race for self-benefit.
In the scramble of patronage, you'll find that people don't really have a common vision.— Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development
The hatred that you see there, it has nothing to do with the direction of our country. It's about who is supposed to eat more than the other.— Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development
Look at the issue Bosasa, look at the issue of the Guptas... the issue of Marikana, all those incidents are self-serving to the South African political elite. It has nothing to do with us (South African citizens).— Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : ANC in-fighting: 'It's about whose turn it is to eat more'