METHOD OR MAD­NESS?

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Cyril Ramaphosa has been slammed for push­ing the pol­i­tics of fac­tion­al­ism by an­nounc­ing his team ahead of the elec­tion.

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment, the ANC is­sued a state­ment say­ing it was “un­ac­cept­able” for com­rades to an­nounce a line-up of of­fi­cials.

“Pro­nounc­ing and cir­cu­lat­ing slates” was un­ac­cept­able and “may be seen to un­der­mine the branches in­alien­able right” to se­lect can­di­dates of their choice, the state­ment – is­sued by Gwede Man­tashe – said.

Ramaphosa hit back with a state­ment of his own. “The names I men­tioned for lead­er­ship po­si­tions arose from in­ter­ac­tions and nom­i­na­tions emerg­ing from ANC struc­tures. This how­ever does not de­tract from the im­por­tance of reaf­firm­ing the cen­tral­ity of the role of branch mem­bers as the elec­toral col­lege for all elec­tive po­si­tions in the ANC.” An­a­lyst Ralph Mathekga says Ramaphosa would’ve gone a long way towards con­soli­dat­ing the frac­tured ANC if he had named some of the “other” can­di­dates on the elec­tion ticket – specif­i­cally Lindiwe Sisulu or Zweli Mkhize – as his deputy.

Com­ing up with a com­pletely new slate means branches and the lead­ers will fight to get their can­di­dates into the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, leav­ing the party fur­ther di­vided. Yet fel­low an­a­lyst Daniel Silke lauds Ramaphosa’s se­lec­tion, call­ing his team a “bal­anced, solid and con­sid­ered group of in­di­vid­u­als”. They be­lieve Ramaphosa’s team is his ar­se­nal to take the ANC into the 2019 elec­tions, rather than a fo­cus on the elec­tion con­fer­ence. This could back­fire as the can­di­dates are not strong in­di­vid­u­ally, Silke says. How­ever, should they make it past De­cem­ber 2017, it would be a great team for the na­tional elec­tions.

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