Not all ANC leaders are treated equally - Somadoda Fikeni

Accusations against former Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has led to him being suspended from the African National Congress (ANC) for five years. This, for behaviour the party says is inconsistent with ANC leadership values, and for saying things that bring the ANC into disrepute.

Fransman has cried foul. He has always claimed he is the victim of factionalism and says it is a kangaroo court. He has not yet seen the full judgement, and is likely to appeal.

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni spoke to CapeTalk's John Maytham about how issues of factionalism and real transgressions have become entangled.

The problem is that valid issues that bring the ANC into disrepute, tend to be diluted by factional claims.

Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

He says as long as there is factionalism, this will continue to be the case.

The ANC has an inconsistent application of such disciplinary codes, and where a faction is strong, members do not seem to be subjected to the same treatment, he notes.

The worrying factor is whether it is Nkandla report, state capture report, or this one and others...is that those who are accused or found to be guilty tend to deal with the protocols and innuendos of factions rather than the substance of the case before them.

Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

Listen to Dr Somadoda Fikeni's analysis below about the problem with factionalism and discipline within the ANC:

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