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ANC leadership urged to ‘remain united’ post elections

There has been disagreement on a number of issues during the party’s election campaign.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says he hopes the ANC leadership will maintain its unity beyond the elections.

There has been disagreement on a number of issues during the party's election campaign.

Mantashe held a briefing earlier today on the party's state of readiness for the elections.

The ANC has been divided on a number of issues over the past month, including confusion around the reinstatement of ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman and the amount the party spent on elections.

But Mantashe says the unity of leaders is in the best interests of the party.

"We are stronger when we are together and we must maintain this momentum of unity."

Mantashe also said there were no plans to disband the Gauteng provincial executive committee after the elections regardless of the outcome.

The Secretary General responded to weekend reports that if the party loses Tshwane at the polls, it planned to punish the Gauteng leadership.

He says no one will be punished.

"We read that in the newspapers like everybody else and there's no such plan in the ANC to disband the Gauteng province."

Yesterday, Cosatu Secretary General Bheki Ntshalintshali warned that the party didn't deal with these issues properly, saying he hopes supporters won't punish it based on this.