ANC national executive committee member and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had strong words for members of the party who promoted factionalism, saying it was destroying the organisation.
Dlamini-Zuma was delivering a Stephen Dlamini Memorial Lecture in Ixopo‚ in her own region of Harry Gwala, yesterday.
She told party supporters at the Peace Initiative Hall that “faction does not help anyone”.
“Faction must stop. If there is faction in this region as well it should stop . . . faction destroys comrades‚ it destroys the ANC‚” Dlamini-Zuma said to rapturous applause‚ whistling and chants of “bua mama” (speak mama).
“Faction is bad. You must also not allow to be referred to as so and so’s person‚” she said.
Dlamini-Zuma, who is widely expected to compete with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the coveted ANC presidency in December, urged members to also adhere to principles of democracy in the party.
“If [in a conference] you win you should embrace the loser. And if you lose you should allow yourself to follow the winner‚” she said.
The former AU Commission chair said if comrades destroyed the ANC they would be destroying something of value.