The only way to rescue the ANC from its political catastrophe is for the two centres of power to be maintained.
Kgalema Motlanthe should remain the country's president after next year's election and Jacob Zuma should remain ANC president.
Motlanthe is proving himself by the dignified manner in which he is handling the breakaway crisis. There is no hollow arrogance in his attitude towards Cope.
And Zuma is fine to lead the party because he works well with the masses and is respected by ANC members.
But the Zuma camp can't afford to relax. Cope is moving quickly on the ground, and is influential. The ANC needs to work hard or it could wake up to find itself faced with a situation similar to that of Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe where, after more than 20 years in power, it lost its power base to the MDC.
If Zuma is to become president there are many unanswered questions about how he intends running the country. During his recent US visit he made undertakings about not changing government policy and said that Cosatu and the SACP did not have enough power to hijack ANC policy.
What are the workers, the SACP's vanguard, supposed to make of this? If Zuma continues to play both sides it could cost the ANC votes.
Thabang Maseko, Mdantsane