Analyst: Blood may spill in Mangaung

Analysts are warning that violence seen at ANC branch meetings may be brought to Mangaung.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - There are warnings that the violence seen at ANC branch meetings may be repeated at the party's elective conference in Mangaung.

Branch meetings in all provinces have been marred by rowdiness and violent attacks, and one supporter of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has gone into hiding.

Heavy security is expected at the Mangaung conference in December to ensure that any disagreements among members do not get out of hand.

Recent incidents include a gang of gun-wielding members in Ekurhuleni, who disrupted a branch meeting that wanted to nominate Motlanthe.

In Vereeniging, branch members were assaulted when a quorum was not reached.

The ANC's elective conference in Polokwane in 2007 was characterised by ill discipline by members, but they were not punished for it.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said Mangaung may go the same route.

"You will certainly have instances of rowdiness that you saw in Polokwane, and you may have that situation - if not contained - reaching a point of physical confrontation amongst the delegates."

Mangaung gets underway on 16 December, where it's assumed President Jacob Zuma and Motlanthe will battle it out for the top ANC job.