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Vol 63 No 20

Published 6th October 2022

South Africa

Zuma humiliated on his home turf

KwaZulu-Natal's ANC branch is backing former health minster Zweli Mkhize as party leader – worrying both the Zuma and Ramaphosa camps

The decision by the African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa's second biggest province and its largest reservoir of party members, to choose former health minister Zweli Mkhize as its preferred candidate for party president has come as a shock to supporters of President Cyril Ramaphosa. The decision will lead to an edgy 55th National Conference, where ANC members will vote on who should head the ruling party and be its presumed presidential candidate in the 2024 general elections. With the ANC divided and its support at its lowest ebb since it came to power in 1994, the party's future will hinge on who emerges as its next leader.

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