2 Nov 2008

New political party possible in South Africa

6:14 pm on 2 November 2008

A breakaway faction of South Africa's governing African National Congress has been meeting in Johannesburg to look at establishing a new political party.

Addressing more than 6,000 delegates, the faction's leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, accused the ANC of abusing its power.

The former defence minister said a new party was needed to prevent the country from returning to apartheid-style rule.

A number of South Africa's opposition parties were also at the convention.

Opposition leader Helen Zille said the convention could be a "turning point" for democracy in South Africa.