Internal divisions within the ANC seems to be getting deeper, despite efforts to project a unified party to the external masses. The very public disagreements by senior party leaders over the mandate of the Reserve Bank has laid bare the tussle that exists between the so called ‘Radical Economic Transformation’ and the ‘New Dawn’ factions.
Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed a flood of former Ministers resigning from parliament afrter failing to make it back to cabinet. Speculation over their resignations has been that they did so as to not lose their Ministerial pensions. However, much can be speculated over their resignations. In her resignation letter, former Minister of Women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini alluded to a purge within the party for those who supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the ANC’s Nasrec conference of December 2017. If that is the case, then the vicious circle of getting rid of those who disagree with you will only lead to the demise of the party. The party has lost many a good thinkers and comrades due to the purging of those who dare view things in a different manner.
The continued differences within the ANC will have detrimental effect on the economy and derail efforts to set it back on a growth path. The contradictory voices coming from the ruling party will only add to the policy uncertainty that currently reigns in the country and will make President Ramaphosa’s job that much harder in trying to convince investors to entrust our economy with their monies.
Internal squabbles have cost the party in the 2016 local municipal elections and saw it shedding 6% of votes in 2019, from 62% in 2014. So not only is the world watching the events unfolding within the ruling party with a keen eye, voters of the party are also watching and should the party not get its house in order, it may cost them the next elections.