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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Mail & Guardian.  Picture: Delwyn Veresamy/ M&G.]

Two of the ANC’s national substructures, the women’s league and the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association this week abandoned any pretence at discipline and came out swinging at the perceived enemies of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, their choice for leader.

At the same time, high-profile critics of the leadership of President Jacob Zuma, including ANC MP Pravin Gordhan, almost simultaneously found themselves targeted in new actions by everyone from the Hawks to the ANC. A serious contender for the ANC presidency (Zweli Mkhize) also came out swinging, hard, against a powerful ANC fixer (Anda Bici); and the chair of the party’s disciplinary committee (Derek Hanekom) indicated he will not be silenced.

Welcome to the unprecedented everyone vs everyone open war that only promises to grow worse as spring turns into summer, and Zuma’s term as ANC president comes to a close.

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