The ANC does not expect the grievances of suspended former chairman Mosiuoa Lekota and others to be resolved, party president Jacob Zuma indicated in a television interview yesterday.
"They say, 'We are serving divorce papers, we are working on the process of calling a convention, and thereafter there will be the [new political] party'," Zuma said.
"So you can see, these people are not saying, 'We've got grievances. We want these grievances attended to'.
"So naturally it's clear that probably the question of the [grievance] procedures we are going to follow are just going to be formalities."
Zuma conceded that the ANC was losing leaders of the "previous generation", but this did not mean the ANC's unity was necessarily under threat.
"A few comrades" had taken a decision to part with the ANC, and this was a challenge the ANC had faced in the past and had to deal with responsibly.
About the two separate ANC meetings - one addressed by Lekota and the other by Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan - in Western Cape last weekend, Zuma said this did not necessarily mean the ANC was split down the middle.
"There might be specific issues in Western Cape that make that province look in a particular way. I don't think you could have found the same situation repeating itself in each and every province."
The Independent Democrats and the Democratic Alliance both criticised the SABC's decision to give Zuma a lengthy television interview, the broadcaster reported. - Sapa