The results of the ANC's Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provincial elective conferences are in. With young people having asserted themselves in the leadership of the two provinces it would seem that the party is experiencing some renewal.
The glaring re-election of Qedani Mahlangu, former MEC for health in Gauteng who presided over the Life Esidimeni disaster into the Gauteng PEC necessitates an evaluation of the party's commitment to renewal.
It is important to single out Gauteng, because it should be taking the lead in demonstrating the ANC's renewed commitment to ethical leadership.
While KZN has been the stronghold of Jacob Zuma's support, Gauteng stood out as the one province that attempted publicly to distance itself from him.
This was largely owing to the view that Zuma's scandal proneness was damaging to the ANC brand.
And in the lead up to the 2016 local government elections, Gauteng debated whether Zuma should be used as the face of the campaign given the Nkandla debacle.
In attempting to separate itself from Zuma, the leadership of the ANC in Gauteng was contrasting itself to JZ. But given the election at the conference of individuals who have been implicated in the worst ethical lapses in recent times into its PEC negates its moral posturing.