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Vol 58 No 23

Published 17th November 2017

South Africa

The race gets uglier

The African National Congress is at risk of breaking apart under the strain of factional fighting

The battle between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa for the leadership of the African National Congress now centres on the fate of Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, who is clinging to his job. An ANC strongman and former miner who is charged with holding the party together, Mantashe faces a plot by leaders of the Dlamini-Zuma camp, under her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma, to weaken or oust him by appointing a partisan 'task group' to determine his future.

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