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[Source: News 24 by Susan Comrie.]

On Tuesday, the ANC was forced to back-pedal on claims that it had no knowledge of a covert election campaign team known as the War Room.

Last week, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa responded to questions about the campaign by saying that amaBhungane’s investigation was “based on malicious falsehoods and gossip”.

However, ANC general manager Ignatius Jacobs submitted an affidavit to the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday confirming that public relations expert Sihle Bolani was part of the ANC’s campaign team in last year’s municipal elections.

Bolani has detailed how the War Room was set up to “disempower DA and EFF campaigns” through tactics that would not link back to the ANC. These included a seemingly independent news site and chat show, using “influencers” on social media, and planning to print fake opposition party posters

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
2.5% q/q for the 2nd quarter of 2017
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