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Vol 37 No 18

Published 6th September 1996


South Africa

Opening up the ANC

President Mandela wants to strengthen the party before he hands over to Thabo Mbeki

The post-Mandela African National Congress is beginning to take shape, amid jostling between competing factions. President Nelson Mandela wants a 'broad-church' leadership. The party hierarchy lobbies for its own favoured candidates from a narrower band. Deputy President and anointed heir Thabo Mbeki favours Jacob Zuma as his successor, we hear. And if not Jacob Zuma, then his wife, Minister of Health Nkosazana Zuma.

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