Martin Williams
2 minute read
8 Sep 2021
6:30 am

IEC lifeline can’t rescue ANC from implosion

Martin Williams

Rivalry at branch level has intensified after former president Jacob Zuma’s faux incarceration and the attempted insurrection in July.

ANC headquarters Luthuli house. Picture for illustration: Citizen.co.za/Michel Bega

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) cannot prevent the divided ANC from implosion. On Monday, the IEC threw the party a lifeline by reopening municipal election candidate lists. Precedents where the IFP and others were denied similar latitude were cast aside as the IEC bent over backwards to accommodate the ANC. The incompetent governing party had failed to submit lists in 93 municipalities. Even if the IEC overcomes legal challenges to this reopening of the candidate lists, the ANC’s selection process is unlikely to run smoothly. Rivalry at branch level has intensified after former president Jacob Zuma’s faux incarceration and...