Some concerned South Africans are reportedly unhappy with
remarks by the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress party (ANC)
saying that it would demolish any splinter group that backs deposed President
Thabo Mbeki. The ANC youth league in the Limpopo province suggested that it will
do everything in its power to smash the formation of any party formed in
support of ousted President Thabo Mbeki.
intensified after supporters of former president Mbeki reportedly began
contemplating forming an opposition party over his controversial resignation
ahead of next year's elections.
Delia Robertson in our Southern Africa Bureau tells reporter Peter Clottey that
some South Africans are uncomfortable with recent pronouncements of the ANC
you know there have been statements coming from provincial youth league formations,
but also from the national body the leader from the ANC Youth League Julius
Malema has made similar statements with respect to Mr. Zuma saying that the
youth league would be willing to kill for Mr. Zuma. I think these kinds of
statements don't contribute greatly to the national discourse may certainly
show intolerance for people's right of association. In our constitution, we
have a freedom of association in our bill of right, and so they have a
disregard for that," Robertson pointed out.
said it is not yet clear whether some members of the ruling party would defect
to form an opposition party ahead of next year's election.
don't yet know whether in fact there is going to be an establishment of a
breakaway party," she said.
said growing dissent among some urban South Africans could significantly hurt
the ruling ANC.
if you had asked me that question a year ago, I would have said very little
chance of success. But for the past year or so, research polls gauging people's
opinions and views about the ANC have indicated that there is a growing tide of
dissatisfaction with the African National Congress and it has become even great
since the Polokwane conference, the national conference of the ANC last
December, in which, Jacob Zuma became president," Robertson noted.
reiterated that urban dwellers are concerned about some of the rhetoric of the
don't think it is a reaction against his (Zuma) presidency, but a reaction
against the style of leadership and the kinds of things we were talking about
such as those we've seen from the ANC Youth League. People are very
uncomfortable with that," she said.
said newly elected President Kgalema Motlanthe would have a difficult
task to resolving the divisions within the ruling party.
"Well you see it's difficult
because he (Kgalema Motlanthe) is a member of the group that brought Mr. Zuma
to power, and so, he is sort of seen with both feet in that side of the rift,
is going to be very difficult for him to bridge the divide, I think. And
especially, he is what you might call stalking horse president. He is actually
not there on his own account. He is there as a president in waiting for the ANC
hopes to be the permanent election, but for a full term of Jacob Zuma next
year," Robertson pointed