The African National Congress is at risk of further splits amid a battle for senior positions in the party. According to reports, officials in the ruling party are pushing to reach an agreement on who will succeed President Jacob Zuma as its leader in December.
One of the party’s biggest concern is that the losing group could break away to form a new party and a split within the party could result in the ANC losing power in the next elections.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former Africa Union Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are seen as the main contenders to lead the party in 2019.
The ANC women’s league has publicly supported Dlamini-Zuma to succeed Zuma, while the Congress of South African Trade Unions, as well as Jackson Mthembu, the party’s parliamentary chief whip, have said they support Ramaphosa.