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Vol 57 No 24

Published 2nd December 2016

South Africa

Clinging to the wreckage

The ANC leadership fired a shot across the President's bows. He is weaker than ever but no less determined to stay on

The African National Congress looked more deeply divided than ever as fault lines over the presidency of Jacob Zuma deepened early this week. A three-day meeting of the 109-member ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) over the weekend was extended by another day as members clashed over the President. Debate reached boiling point over how to call a vote of no confidence in Zuma, with the anti-Zuma faction wanting a secret ballot. The vote against was carried by a majority so thin that it almost amounted to a no confidence vote in its own right.

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