ANC could see division in Mangaung

The ANC is currently gearing up for its elective conference to be held in Mangaung in December.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaking at a meeting with members of the Road Freight Association. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts on Wednesday claimed that African National Congress (ANC) members are worried that the ruling party may not be able to withstand another bruising leadership battle.

The ANC is due to have its elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has not yet put his name forward and it is not known whether he will run against Jacob Zuma to become president of the ANC.

His supporters are already lobbying behind the scenes ahead of the Mangaung conference at the end of the year.

Independent analyst Somadoda Fikeni said this is causing unease for the Zuma and ANC members in general.

"Should Kgalema Motlanthe take up that position of challenging the ANC, I do think that everybody will worry whether the ANC has the stamina and the appetite to go through another divisive leadership contest."

The process of leadership nominations is due to start in October.

Earlier this week, African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Deputy President Ronald Lamola stated that Motlanthe will be the president of the ANC, calling it "a generational error" if he does not become the president.

"We will be rewriting the history of the African National Congress," Lamola told the ANC Youth League's Dr Mxolisi Majombozi branch at the University of the Witwatersrand on Monday.

Lamola said it was tradition in the mother body for the ANC's deputy president to take over from the president.