Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

The ANC continues to function in limbo as a key election looms. It appears that the centre is not holding, with chaos in the provinces, a secretariat at odds with the rest of the top six leaders and an alliance in tatters. While this is not new — the top six leaders, provinces and the alliance have long been heavily divided — there was an expectation of some improvement after the election of new leadership at Nasrec that promised a new beginning. However, it is clear from the events of the past six months that renewal or reform of the ANC remains as elusive as it was under Jacob Zuma, mainly due to the mixed slate elected at the December conference. At a national level, aside from the Thuma Mina campaign launched with ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at its centre, there seems to be little being done in the governing party towards renewing its structures — or repairing its damaged relationship with the electorate. Dispute committees are hard at work trying to iron out deep divisions th...

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