By Christine Petré
The last months have been turbulent in the ANC camp with former Youth leader Julius Malema declaring an internal war with President Jacob Zuma, who is struggling to show a united ANC front as temperatures are rising ahead of the election conference in December.
As Julius Malema continues to appeal he is also accusing not only the National Disciplinary Committee of breaching the ANC constitution but also some of its board members.
Mixed messages have also been given from the youth branch raising questions about the internal disputes not only within the ANC as a whole but also within the youth league.
Recently ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola has been forced to fill in for Malema in an attempt to guide the organisation towards harmony. Lamola has declared, “We are continuing with all of our programmes as well as the struggle for economic freedom and we are confident the youth league will pull through this.”
The infamous friction between Zuma and Malema divided the ANC into two camps, and led to Malema’s suspension from the party after statements including comparing Zuma’s presidency with a dictatorship.
Earlier this month the top six within the ANC made a public performance with the aim to represent a united front, however, the performance only stirred perceptions of division, divisions that according to Jacob Zuma is solely the result of the ANC youth league’s behaviour.
Temperature is obviously rising within the ANC as the election conference in Mangaung in December is getting closer and closer.