JOHANNESBURG - ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang said the party's national executive committee (NEC) had for a long time allowed President Jacob Zuma to do as he pleases.
As the impasse over Zuma's departure continued on Monday night, Mavuso told eNCA: “The problem is that for much too long the NEC committee members have allowed Zuma to continue without being accountable. They’ve given him the rope to do as he pleases. He’s been completely unaccountable, he despises the people he works with and he regards them as nothing.”
The University of Johannesburg's politics professor Cheryl Hendricks said the way in which the ANC deals with its current challenges will have an impact on its performance at the polls.
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“Liberation parties tend to have a lifespan of 25 years and then they start being very autocratic. So yes, we are seeing the kind of fragmentation very typical of liberation movements. How the ANC deals with this is going to be telling. Especially in the next elections," she said.