Eastern Cape ANC says divisions have healed

The once-split party says factionalism has decreased dramatically.

FILE: ANC memebers bear the party's flat at a gathering at Zoo Lake last year. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in the Eastern Cape says it's confident that its provincial conference is going to see it emerge united despite divisions that nearly tore them apart last year.

The provincial party is currently meeting to elect new leaders.

ANC Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane says divisions in the party have now healed.

"The OR Tambo region recorded less than 10 complaints and all of those were at regional level. That is a high improvement when it comes to the factionalism that we normally see."

Last year the regional conference broke into disarray as delegates disagreed over whether to back President Jacob Zuma for a second term as ANC leader in the run-up to the national Mangaung conference.

After last year's decision was finally reached, Qoboshiyane says there needs to be continuity within the ANC.

"The ANC is the ruling organisation and therefore there is a need for certainty and a balance of issues in the Republic of South Africa."

With less division in the party, last year also saw the number of audited ANC branches in the province decline dramatically.