JOHANNESBURG - ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang is the latest member to call on the party to convene a consultative conference.
He said this might help the party get back on track but it's unlikely to happen because committed party leaders who have the country's best interests at heart are outnumbered by those who don't.
Msimang, a veteran of Umkhonto we Sizwe’s Sipolilo battle, attended the party's historic 1969 Morogoro Conference - a turning point in the party, and a reference point for many now calling for a early conference.
"Leadership implies trust and credibility. Those two commodities are demonstrably absent in the leader of the ANC now," he said.
"I don't know if the current leadership will be able to do what Tambo and his colleagues did, to say, let's open this thing to everybody, let's call people who criticise us, let's call people who are intellectuals who are sitting there, let's just call even non ANC people, it's a consultative conference."
Msimang said the NEC's defence at all costs of scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma was perhaps motivated by the need to preserve their own self-interest.
He suggested that the mooted conference should be led by party stalwarts, and not the present leadership.
* View the attached video for more on ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang's views of the crisis in the party.