Fierce factional lines have been drawn within the ANC camp

By Doug Mattushek - 19 June 2019Views : 699

Fierce factional battles within the ANC are now being institutionalised and it can be seen in the battle of the control of key state institutions.

According to political analyst Ralph Mathekga, fierce factional battles continue to threaten unity, renewal and stability within the ANC are bigger than President Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule.

Based on weekend reports that Ramaphosa had succeeded in foiling Magashule's move to use former president Jacob Zuma loyalists to become chairs of strategic parliamentary committees, Mathekga said yesterday that the ANC’s challenges were “much bigger than Cyril and Ace”.

"What you see is a serious battle for the control of state institutions, one of them being parliament, where policies are implemented in shaping SA laws."

He added that it makes sense to want to take control of parliament. Magashule is a reflection of a part of the ANC and cannot be singled out individually..

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"He was voted into that position at the Nasrec 54th ANC national conference by members who want him to continue the battle for the implementation of certain policy approaches," said Mathekga.

Mathekga believes that Ramaphosa could not be expected " to radically deal with Magashule"  who is seemingly hell-bent on undermining his power.

It is reported that Magashule has favoured some ANC MPs implicated in state capture, to become chairs of strategic portfolio committees.

These include former ministers: Faith Muthambi and Mosebenzi Zwane, who have been exposed to have carried out instructions of the infamous Gupta family, associated with Zuma.

However, Dr Susan Booysen a research director at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection cautioned against giving Ace a centimetre of space to put his own rules in place. "You’ll regret it," Booysen said.