President Cyril Ramaphosa says the African National Congress (ANC) must go back to the drawing board to find ways to foster unity particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ramaphosa was speaking during an exclusive interview with the SABC. He says unity is a process that takes time.

“The consolidation of unity is a process. Sometimes you’ll take two steps forward and sometime three steps backwards. The important thing is that we must continue to address the challenges we face not only as the ANC but also as a country,” says Ramaphosa.

This is after divisions within the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal halted the provincial elective conference this weekend. A disgruntled faction of the provincial ANC won a court interdict to stop the conference.


“So the conference could not go ahead because of court challenges and now we are going to have to go back to the drawing board and we are going to have a discussion on how we can foster unity and the two must be taken in tandem and I’m certain we will be able to find a more reasonable way to move forward,” says Ramaphosa.

He says one of the ways to foster unity is to have a united leadership. He says the diversity of views within the National Executive Committee shows that the ANC is working hard at unity.

“The NEC was drawn from different approaches, and we are finding one another. We are moving ahead, finding one another, finding a way to work together, and we are becoming more and more successful,” says Ramaphosa.

Watch the video below for the full interview: