'ANC’s biggest election opponent is itself'
As the ANC gears up for elections, infighting has seen members lead protests against their leaders.
CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister and African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Malusi Gigaba says the party's biggest opponent in the forthcoming local government elections is the ANC itself.
Johannesburg, Tshwane and the Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities are hotly contested battlegrounds for what could be the toughest elections yet for the ruling party.
Party heavyweights were mobilising support for the ANC in the North West last week, in the build up to the party's 104th birthday bash in Rustenburg.
Gigaba, who was in Rustenburg for the celebrations, says the only party that can defeat the ANC is the ANC itself.
"If we become complacent then we lose the support, we lose the vote. If the ANC does not listen, then we lose the support. There is no political force in this country that has the power to destroy or defeat the ANC."
As the party gears up for the elections, infighting in the North West and KwaZulu-Natal has seen party members leading protests against their leaders.
Speaking during birthday celebrations last week, President Jacob Zuma urged party members to unite and put aside petty squabbles.
Zuma says communities must have a say in choosing the ANC's candidates for the elections.