Political analyst Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana says the 54th ANC Elective Conference is all about leadership and nothing else.
The conference was supposed to have discussions around policies for the organisation, but that hasn't happened due to delays that saw the voting process start a day later than anticipated.
Ndletyana says the party will still host NEC elections later today which attest to the fact that policy discussions might not take place, and if they do, it could be a day later.
This is about deciding the fate of the ANC and the fate of the Republic itself, so the stakes are quite high.— Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst
Ndletyana also spoke about yesterday's battle of songs in the hall at Nasrec, where Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's supporters overshadowed Cyril Ramaphosa's supporters completely, singing that 'NDZ time has come - she must rise.'
It was a serious battle of songs, people played tricks over others with the idea of convincing others. It's a psychological game to say that we are the only game in town join us.— Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst
I wouldn't read too much into it, but because it tells us that the idea of unity is not shared by everyone because personalised songs were not supposed to be sung - pretty much a reflection of that factionalism stunt.— Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst
If the ANC wants unity, it should establish the reason why it needs that, not just unifying people for the sake of unity, says Ndletyana.
It depends on what you means by unity. It would have to be unity around common values of what is good for the ANC, how people who are guilty of misconduct should be treated. You can't just unify because you want people to be together.— Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst
If unity means sugarcoating what needs to be done then it is not unity at all but simply a disguise of real issues and the ANC might continue to decline.— Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst
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