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Vol 61 No 12

Published 11th June 2020

South Africa

Ruling party wants a reset

Using the pandemic as a pretext, top ANC officials jostle for positions, some arguing for radical and sweeping policy changes

Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa and his centrist supporters were locked in combat with followers of former President Jacob Zuma, African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule and Deputy President David Mabuza. The President's decisive lockdown strategy measures have left his rivals flatfooted. Having lost the opportunity to challenge the leader at the now-postponed party National Policy Conference, they are rethinking tactics, just as the health crisis has thrown up potential future leaders of the ruling party.

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