Potential presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu received a further blow this week after the ANC distanced itself from her perceived attack on the judiciary.
In its post-lekgotla statement on Saturday, the party said it reaffirms its support for the Bill of Rights, the constitution and the judiciary.
This comes after a public spat between Sisulu, President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies after she penned an op-ed criticising the constitution and the judiciary.
Ramaphosa's office issued a statement saying Sisulu had agreed to retract and apologise for her remarks, only for her to deny she had done so.
“[The] lekgotla recognised that the ANC is going through a period of decay and degeneration, but that the ANC, during its 110 years of existence, has been able to extricate itself from similar situations in the past,” said Saturday's statement.
“It acknowledged that threats to our democratic gains [are] also a result of an era of loss of moral and ethical principles within the broader movement, and that divisions and factions in the ANC may become a threat to our democracy.
“The ANC and lekgotla reaffirm our support for the constitution, the Bill of Rights and the judiciary and distance ourselves from narratives that seek to negate its transformative intent and gains.”