POLITICAL NEWS - Factional battles within the governing African National Congress (ANC) continue to play out in areas including social media, where former minister Derek Hanekom said on Sunday night that while the ANC should continue to strive for unity, it would have been “disastrous” if Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma won the party’s 54th electoral conference, which took place at Nasrec in 2017.
“Let’s just say it, unapologetically, and be frank about it – although we should continue to strive for unity in the ANC – a different outcome at Nasrec would have been disastrous for our country,” he tweeted.
This led to criticism from former home affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete, who suggested that the ANC’s younger members could teach their elders a thing or two about leadership.
“ANC comrades must stop saying the other side is evil,” he said, adding that “it justifies all manner of divisive evil to stop the other side”.
“You are all comrades but you clearly think very little of each other… its exhausting to watch. Let us lead if it’s defeating you.”
In another tweet shortly afterwards, Tshwete said: “Our elders are so immature.”