ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says factionalism in most regions of the ANC in the North West is weakening the ruling party. The National Working Committee met with the branches of the ANC in Mahikeng to hear their concerns. The NEC will hold a follow-up meeting next month.
The North West has been characterised by infighting and factionalism. There are allegations that there are two warring factions. One supporting the Provincial Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo and the other supporting Provincial Secretary Kabelo Mataboge.
The National Working Committee members present included Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and other senior ANC members. On Sunday NWC members met with branches in different regions to hear the concerns and yesterday the committee gave feedback to the Provincial Executive Committee.
You'll find that in some regions the most dominant is the question of divisions and the problem is that they are locked into factions, instead of working for the ANC.
Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe says: "You'll find that in some regions the most dominant is the question of divisions and the problem is that they are locked into factions, instead of working for the ANC, that is the biggest challenge. So we are going to be dealing with that in detail.
Mantashe says factionalism is weakening the party. "What we should remedy in the North West province is to help members of the ANC understand that the ANC is bigger than groupings and they must come out of that and join the ANC, you see the split when you become loyalists of an individual weakens the party."
The National Working Committee is expected to give recommendations to the Provincial Executive Committe on the way forward. They are optimistic that the outcome of the meeting will diffuse the ongoing political tension.