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Vol 62 No 15

Published 22nd July 2021

South Africa

Who runs KwaZulu-Natal?

Our correspondents look at the leading politicians and their parties in the country’s most volatile and second most populous province

The African National Congress is dominant in KwaZulu-Natal, with 44 seats in the 80-seat provincial legislature, while its nearest rival, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has just 13. Since before majority rule KZN has been a hotbed of political fervour, intrigue and violence. It has the biggest ANC membership of any province and was the launching pad for Jacob Zuma's bid for the presidency, but the party is now riven by murderous factional rivalries and controversies over contract corruption on an epic scale.

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