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ANC activists lash out at Western Cape branch

A group of ANC activists in the province referred to the current leadership as 'power hungry elites'.

FILE: ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - A group of African National Congress (ANC) activists in the Western Cape have referred to the current provincial leadership, headed by Marius Fransman, "as power hungry elites preoccupied with factional politics."

The group of more than 150 members met in the Southern Cape at the weekend to discuss the road leading up to the 2016 local government elections.

They agreed that if the current leadership failed to abandon its so-called 'factional ways', activists will have no choice but to get rid of them.

The group also stated that the ANC's dismal failure in this year's national elections could partially be credited to the bruising conflicts of factionalism.

Dirk Kotze, political sciences professor at the University of South Africa, says the factionalism dates back to the early 1990's between Allan Boesak and Tony Yengeni.

"After that, it was the period of Ebrahim Rasool. There were three factions and now it seems there are again three factions. It appears to be an ongoing process in the Western Cape and I think this is one of the key factors why the ANC didn't do well at all during the elections."