ANC needs to address factionalism within municipalities: Analyst

Political Analyst Somadoda Fikeni says the African National Congress (ANC) has a difficult task of addressing issues of factionalism so that it does not lose ground within municipalities.


This comes ahead of the ruling party revealing its mayoral candidate list on Sunday ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.

It has brought in new names in all major metros except for Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro where it retained Parks Tau and Danny Jordaan respectively.

Earlier, the ANC denied reports that former public works minister Thoko Didiza has been officially named as the party’s mayoral candidate in the highly-contested Tshwane Metro.

Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said some journalists have been misled by reports on social media regarding the appointment.

Fikeni terms Didiza’s alleged appointment as controversial and adds that it could be highly problematic for the ruling party as it will have to work very hard to unite the Tshwane Metro region.

“There are many controversies around the election of the current eThekwini Municipality mayor who now is an ANC mayoral candidate. As to how this will play out when she’s selected to those who were dead against her appointment, it stands to be seen. It is a risky one but ANC will have to work very hard to unite its own region there which is the biggest region in the country,” says Fikeni.

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