The African National Congress (ANC) says its Mangaung conference will go ahead next year. Some Umkhonto we Sizwe Veterans are lobbying for a consultative conference instead. They claim the divisions and conflict in the ANC will cause it to implode should the conference go ahead.
"Disintegration that was referred to by the president and the pending implosion, under the current circumstances we will be committing political suicide if we go ahead," says Alex Mashinini, MK Veteran.
They want the ANC to abandon its 2012 Mangaung elective conference. "This will help the ANC to cleanse itself and ensures that it is ready for a conference not just for positions," added Mashinini.
They meet in corners and have no constituency
ANC under no threat
"Our congress is under no threat and is going ahead," stressed ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe. The ANC is also refuting the existence of a Commissariat in its MK structures. "Who are they? They meet in corners and have no constituency," says Mantashe.
The Umkhonto we Sizwe Veterans Association (MKMVA) also believes the conference should proceed as planned. “We know the ANC has challenges, but contestation of power in the ANC should be handled properly," explained MKMVA Chairperson, Keby Mphatsoe.
The ANC's elective conference is held every five years and is the ruling party's highest decision-making body.