Faizel Patel - 10/01/2020
Investigative political journalist Carien du Plessis says the African National Congress (ANC) is expected put on a brave face and show that it is a united front ahead of the January 8 celebrations in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
The party has been struggling to turn the country's economy around, while many public institutions have been eroded in the 25 years of its time in government.
While the ANC celebrates its ability to retain political power since the advent of democracy, the party has promised to correct its ways.
Speaking to Radio Islam, Du Plessis says Kimberley is going to be an interesting venue for the ANC.
Du Plessis says while there may be internal politics within the ANC, the focus will be on unity like previous celebrations.
“I think the issues for at least Cyril Ramaphosa’s faction is to keep the party nicer, to keep it focused so that the president can implement his policies. But also that he can stay in power because there’s been talk of the other faction wanting to oust president Ramaphosa or at least weaken him so that he doesn’t get a second term.”
Du Plessis says the ANC will also have to give some policy direction.
“I also do think policy is going to be important in terms of getting investments in the country showing people that there is going to be progress, that the ANC is doing something in government.”
Du Plessis says that while Ramaphosa appeals to businessmen and urban orientated citizens, there is lack of engagement with the youth who may steer away from the party in the future.
Listen to the interview with Carien Du Plessis