ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: THE TIMES
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: THE TIMES

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe criticised Eastern Cape ANC members at the weekend‚ saying factionalism was being put ahead of the party.

He also said a stampede of presidential hopefuls had signalled the death of self-control and discipline in the party.

Addressing hundreds of ANC members at the KwaNomzamo community hall in Humansdorp‚ where he delivered the Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture‚ Mantashe said he had noted that Eastern Cape members attended the party activities organised by only their preferred candidate for the provincial leadership.

He said Eastern Cape members were opting to attend only those activities organised by backers of either Phumulo Masualle or Oscar Mabuyane‚ who would clash at the ANC provincial conference to be held in East London from August 30.

"Since I have been coming to the province regularly‚ I have noted that all of a sudden when there is an ANC activity comrades are not coming in their numbers because we have split ourselves into two [between Masualle and Mabuyane supporters]‚" Mantashe said.

Read the article in The Herald: Mantashe hits out over split 

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