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Vol 49 No 15

Published 18th July 2008

South Africa

Zuma takes the provinces

The fierce struggle for the presidential nomination is going Jacob Zuma's way - fast

Supporters of Jacob Zuma, the President of the African National Congress, made their boldest effort yet to take over the government when they brought Kgalema Motlanthe into the cabinet on 12 July. Using their majority on the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), they voted for Motlanthe to take a specially-created role as 'minister in charge of government business'. National President Thabo Mbeki was not present. Motlanthe is a powerful ally of Zuma and Mbeki has hitherto resisted bringing him into government.

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