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Vol 49 No 21

Published 17th October 2008

South Africa

All politics is provincial

All the African National Congress’s provincial branches are internally divided between Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma supporters.

The Western Cape and Eastern Cape branches are still reeling from the pro-Zuma leadership’s sacking this year of their pro-Mbeki Premiers, Ebrahim Rasool and Nosimo Balindlela. On 10 October, the ANC’s National Working Committee dissolved the Western Cape’s pro-Mbeki faction, whose leaders dominate the Cape Town caucus, and put Tony Yengeni of the National Executive Committee in charge. Dissident ANC councillors were fired, but refused to give up their jobs...

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