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Zuma's ally Motshekga slams state of ANC, citing 'major problems'

He's reportedly said that the faction in charge of the ANC did not have the capacity to govern SA.

#OccupyLuthuliHouse supporters and #DefendLuthuliHouse supporters march at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on 05 September, 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the dust begins to clear at Luthuli House, former African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Mathole Motshekga says he's decided to speak up about the state of the ANC now, because party leaders have said now is the time for introspection.

Motshekga wrote in the Sunday Times that the faction in charge of the ANC did not have the capacity to govern the country and has no respect for internal democracy.

Motshekga consistently defended President Jacob Zuma during the Nkandla scandal now he says there are major problems within the ANC.



"I'm talking about this alien culture and the spokesperson of this alien culture, who don't seem to understand that we are a country which is governed by a Constitution."

Meanwhile, political analyst Professor Steven Friedman says the situation in the party and the local government election results suggest the ANC could actually lose the 2019 election.

"We now have a situation where the ANC can lose eight percentage points in two years without another split in the ANC. That means the ballgame has changed."

He says the two dominant fractions in the party are now in a standoff.

WATCH: Tensions run high at #OccupyLuthuliHouse

COSATU JOINS SACP, ANC ASKING ZUMA TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ZWANE

At the same time, Cosatu has joined the SACP and the ANC in asking President Jacob Zuma to take action against mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

On Friday, Zwane said Cabinet had taken a decision to recommend to Zuma that a judicial commission investigate the decisions of the four big banks to withdraw services to companies owned by the Gupta family.

But later, the presidency said the comment did not reflect the position of cabinet and that Zwane was speaking in his personal capacity.

Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla says Zwane should be removed from his post.

"It's totally unacceptable for anyone to act outside the mandate, because this creates a vacuum as people will start to wonder who's in charge and who the minister is accounting to."

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