Political analyst Shingai Mutizwa- Magiza said it was not going to be an easy task, as factional infighting within the ANC in the province had been festering since 2009, especially following the dismal showing in the May national and provincial elections.
Mutizwa-Mangiza, a post-doctoral fellow at UWC’s department of political studies, said: “The PEC has been faction-ridden since 2009. And it is a reflection of the dominant factions in the party. This intensified with the exit of Marius Fransman in 2016, after sexual assault charges against him.
“The decision by ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and a team of NEC deployees to formally disband the PEC at a meeting was mandated by the party’s constitution,” said Mutizwa- Mangiza.
At a meeting held at the ANC’s Cape Town headquarters, Duarte said the movement was looking at restoring its values in the province. The meeting was attended by Police Minister Bheki Cele, among others.