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At the centre of the fights of the ruling party are institutions meant to serve and protect the public

Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

The fight in the ANC over the appointment of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan back into the Cabinet has shown that cracks within the ruling party will not go away for some time.

This is the test for the National Executive Committee in how it must handle members who attack one another in public.

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina’s outburst on social media last week after Gordhan was re-appointed following the findings of the public protector has demonstrated it will take a long time before divisions are healed. The ANC has said following the elections that it was on a path of renewal. In fact, it has been saying this since the 2017 Nasrec conference.

However, unity remains elusive and it will continue for a while before differences are resolved.

At the centre of the fights of the ruling party are institutions meant to serve and protect the public.

The ANC has for the last 25 years been governing South Africa, but never before have divisions in the party dragged institutions with them in the manner it has happened in the last 10 years.

It is a serious test for both President Cyril Ramaphosa and members of the NEC to ensure stability in the country.

However, the issue of Gordhan demonstrates that it will not be easy to bring the warring factions together.

It will take serious debate and recognition on both sides that stability of the country and the ANC is important.

The economy is faltering and for the last 19 years it has not picked up. Unemployment is rising and the latest figures by Statistics South Africa are a worrying sign that the government must act quickly and decisively to rescue the situation before it explodes. Stats SA has said the youth forms the large part of the population that is unemployed.

Cosatu has said it influenced the governing party to include employment in the Department of Labour because of the crisis of unemployment that the country is facing. The better the ANC fixes the country’s domestic problems that threaten the fabric of society and democracy, the better it forgets about party issues in the public domain. They should be put on the backburner while the country tries to get back on its feet.