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Vol 47 No 21

Published 20th October 2006

South Africa

The ANC's toughest election yet

It will be the fiercest-fought election the African National Congress has faced since coming to power in 2004

Even the most conservative African National Congress activists admit that a schism has developed in the party between supporters of President Thabo Mbeki and those of sacked Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Yet they cannot agree about why the schism has developed and whose fault it is. Zuma's fans are the usual opponents of President Mbeki's conventional economic policies: the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). He also attracts support from the poor and working class, frustrated by the slow pace of service delivery, growing unemployment and rising crime.

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