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The ANC's fierce leadership contest
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. © Johanna Geron/Pool/EPA/MaxPPP

The ANC's fierce leadership contest

Cyril Ramaphosa has led South Africa since 2018, when he pushed out Jacob Zuma, and the president hopes to secure a second term as head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) following the party's internal election in December 2022. But the ANC is torn by warring factions which are all jockeying for position. Allies of the former president, who is currently being prosecuted, haven't said their last word. With the 2024 general election looming, the leadership contest promises to be particularly fierce.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. © Johanna Geron/Pool/EPA/MaxPPP
SOUTH AFRICA Politics 19/04/2022
ANC members and delegates attend the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
ANC members and delegates attend the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). © Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Who's who among the Zuma allies vying to unseat Ramaphosa at ANC national conference 

Since it was narrowly defeated at the ruling party's 2017 conference, former president Jacob Zuma's faction has lost influence within the African National Congress. But in the run-up to the next five-yearly gathering, to be held in December, several of its members are campaigning to lead the party's internal opposition. [...]

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