A political analyst says the decision by the ANC women’s league president, Bathabile Dlamini, to show support for under fire Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, while some within the ruling party want her gone, is a sign that the ANC is deeply divided.
Durban-based independent analyst, Thabani Khumalo, says it's a farce that the party was ever united, adding that there are two main factions that have people helping their cause.
He said most of Mkhwebane’s decisions have helped one of the factions, which includes Dlamini, hence the latter's decision to show up in Mpumalanga on Friday to attend a prayer service organised for the Public Protector.
“If [President Cyril] Ramaphosa was actively responding to the ongoing fight back campaign we would be seeing fire versus fire. There is no unity here and people must not be deceived,” Khumalo said.
He said Dlamini’s support further underlined the divisions within the ruling party as it came days the National Assembly changed rules to enable it to remove the sitting Public Protector unhindered.