JOHANNESBURG-- President Cyril Ramaphosa, whoc is also president of the African National Congress (ANC), says the ruling party must go back to the drawing board to find ways to foster unity, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

In an interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Sunday, he said achieving unity was a process which would take time.

The consolidation of unity is a process. Sometimes you'll take two steps forward and sometime three steps backwards. The important thing is that we must continue to address the challenges we face, not only as the ANC, but also as a country, said Ramaphosa.

His comments came after divisions emerged within the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal which led to the the provincial elective conference held this past weekend being halted after a disgruntled faction of the provincial ANC won a court order to stop the conference.

So the conference could not go ahead because of court challenges and now we are going to have to go back to the drawing board and we are going to have a discussion on how we can foster unity and the two must be taken in tandem and I'm certain we will be able to find a more reasonable way to move forward, said Ramaphosa.

He said one of the ways to foster unity is to have a united leadership. He says the diversity of views within the National Executive Committee, the party's top organ, showed that the ANC was working hard at unity.

The NEC was drawn from different approaches, and we are finding one another. We are moving ahead, finding one another, finding a way to work together, and we are becoming more and more successful, said Ramaphosa.