ANC tackles concerns of an internal rift between party's top brass

Political analysts have warned the apparent internal factions could be damaging.

FILE: The ANC declared 2016 as the year of advancing people's power at the January 8 statement in Rustenburg. Picture : Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has moved to address concerns of an internal rift between the party's top brass.

While the ANC maintains the party's centre is still intact there are growing concerns of an internal rift between the party's top brass.

Relationships within the party have recently come under the spotlight amid an ongoing spat between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The party has also condemned a public squabble between the National Treasury and Eskom over alleged coal contracts authorised by the parastatal.

Earlier today, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe called on all party members to respect one another and refrain from taking sides while investigations into these matters are underway.

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke today told 702's Xolani Gwala the apparent internal factions could be damaging.

"The other possibility in the long term is of an ANC that implores and splits but who knows where we are going if there is so much dissonance and discordance between even members of the top six."

ESKOM'S CREDIT RATING

Earlier today, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brow n said she was concerned the public row between National Treasury and Eskom could lead to the utility being downgraded by credit rating agencies.

The Finance Ministry said its efforts to get information from Eskom, as part of its probe into coal contracts with Tegeta, have been met with resistance - claims the utility denies.

Brown said there was no proof that coal supplied by the Guptas-owned company is sub-standard, or that Eskom paid Tegeta in advance.

But she said she had asked Eskom to hand over the documents to Treasury today.

"There is an investigation now and we will know for all coal mines if any money has been paid out. Eskom has told me that they've run the process as with all other processes. They checked the SABS-approved coal, all of that has happened."

And Eskom later said it had sent all documents to National Treasury following the minister's request.

Additional reporting by Stephen Grootes.