As the build-up to the African National Congress (ANC) elective congress gains momentum, it was predicted that the factional battles within the party would get nasty - the tradition of winner takes all necessarily means there's all to play for in the fight to be on the right slate.
But the scenes at this weekend's Eastern Cape conference, the annulment of the KZN PEC, challenges in the Northern Cape and now possibly the Free State are quite unprecedented.
Political analyst, Moeletsi Mbeki says the ANC is a big organisation and therefore it would be inaccurate to say it has hit rock bottom.
Mbeki goes on to say the challenges facing today's ANC in the Eastern Cape differ vastly from those faced by former leaders in the party such as OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela.
Mbeki goes on to say the divisions are not factions.
Factions are where you have ideological difference. There are no ideological differences between the people who were fighting each in the Eastern Cape.— Moeletsi Mbeki, Political analyst
They just want government position or to position themselves in the ANC so that they get positions within the new ANC government in 2019.— Moeletsi Mbeki, Political analyst
I don't think it is fair to assume that people want to position themselves to undertake corrupt purposes, they just want the jobs offered by government which are well paid explains Mbeki.
The public service is seen as a gravy train. South Africa is no different to the rest of the continent. Government in Africa is a gravy train and is not about service delivery.— Moeletsi Mbeki, Political analyst
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This article first appeared on 702 : Government in Africa is a gravy train - Moeletsi Mbeki