South Africa: ANC's Mzwandile Masina-Sized Splitting Headache

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All eyes are on the ANC leadership to see what, if any, action will be taken against Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina for breaking ranks on Twitter and taunting the party to fire him.

On Monday night, the ANC rebuked Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina over his support for Julius Malema and his position that the "white economy should be allowed to collapse". The rebuke prompted Masina to claim, again on Twitter, that he was ready to be removed from his position, after which he deleted his account.

These developments appear to show just how high emotions are running in some parts of the party, bubbling up to the surface through fights around economic policy, and the different factions that are vying for power. At the same time, this may be an important test for whether the ANC can actually function while having weakened central authority, and whether it even has the ability to exert control over its deployees and members.

The events of Monday night happened swiftly and almost entirely online.

First, the ANC released a statement on its media WhatsApp groups publicly rebuking its mayor of Ekurhuleni:

ANC STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY TRANSGRESSIONS

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