South African political life is currently on hold as the nation waits for the ANC’s conference to be held in Mangaung – the metropolis around Bloemfontein. Ordinary men and women look on with a mixture of anticipation, concern and more than a touch of boredom as the party ploughs through its agonisingly slow internal democratic processes. At stake, of course, is the ANC leadership and, by extension, the presidency itself.
It is a process that will, almost certainly, see Jacob Zuma re-elected, but it has been an extremely messy one. Several people have died along the way. Meetings have been broken up. Bribes have been paid to fix the votes. Ghost members have proliferated across ANC branches.
- Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson
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