It is often top six officials who are expected to hold factions together when ambitious ANC leaders start jostling for power, but this isn't the case.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has hit back at critics within the party, saying it was an attempt to drive a wedge between him and Jacob Zuma.
Although Jacob Zuma supporters are trying to secure the presidency for Cyril Ramaphosa, there is a group that wants Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to return.
When choosing a Cabinet, striking the balance is always tricky especially if you have 67 positions to fill and are expected to repay debts.
Ignore them or attack? Both of the ANC's responses to criticisms from its former leaders have done the party a disservice as elections loom closer.
"Uncle Gweezy" has been asked why SA should vote ANC by students who raised Nkandla, access to electricity and education as concerns with government.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe addressed supporters at a stadium in Eldorado Park, Soweto, ahead of the party's election campaign.
The ANC blew a gasket after Gwede Mantashe offered to show journalists around the Nkandla homestead.
Nearly two weeks after the release of Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report, the countryâ€™s focus remains firmly on Jacob Zuma.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has found himself in several tough spots, while trying to defend the ANCâ€™s position on Nkandla.
The ANC has reneged on a promise to invite SA into Nkandla by way of the media - but as a flip-flop it hardly registers compared to previous examples.
Gwede Mantashe says the differences between the public protector's Nkandla findings and that of the interministerial task team are cause for concern.
Jacob Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu and Gwede Mantashe crack an invite to Helen Zille's compound. It's hard work being authentic, as MaZille soon discovers.
Zanu-PF says its land reform programme has been a major success and is not bothered by criticism from ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.
ANC members from minority races must earn their positions in the party instead of relying on racial quotas, says Mantashe. Listen to the full podcast.
ANC members from minority races must earn their positions in the party instead of relying on racial quotas, says Gwede Mantashe. Listen to the clip.
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Some of the ANC's National Assembly nominees did not deserve to be on the list, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.