Undermined by the scandal over Cyril Ramaphosa's farm, the African National Congress fears losing its majority at the next general election in two years' time. One wing of the party close to the president is pushing for a post-electoral alliance with its traditional opponent, the Democratic Alliance.
For over a year now political parties have been required to publish the names of their donors under the new Political Party Funding Act. The African National Congress, however, is uncomfortable with disclosing its supporters and plans to revise the law.
In a document prepared for the party's policy conference in July, the ANC recognises that South Africa currently has a low level of involvement in the management of African affairs and criticises Morocco, Israel and France in this respect.
In the face of Cyril Ramaphosa's popularity within the African National Congress, his former health minister Zweli Mkhize is banking on his native KwaZulu-Natal province to bolster his position, but various political and judicial obstacles stand in his way.
The delivery date of the full Zondo report has been pushed back again, this time to 15 June. In the run-up to the ANC congress, these repeated postponements are providing President Cyril Ramaphosa with several advantages in his bid for re-election.
Since it began to operate in 1995, the Constitutional Court, with its 11 judges, has always succeeded in playing its role of counterweight to the government, setting a rare example on the African continent in this respect.
Leaders of the African National Congress have been targeted in a wave of assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal province. They began during the local elections last November in an embittered power struggle as the party loses traction and will certainly grow in the run-up to the national conference in December.
For the past five years, any ANC official charged with graft has been pushed to step down. But this rule faces stiff opposition from the president's foes within the party, which will hold its five-yearly national conference at the end of the year.
Threatened last month with exclusion from the management of Kalagadi Manganese, the mining company she founded, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi has managed, for now at least, to remain in charge of this major South African concern. Her long-running ties to some of the ANC's top officials might have played in her favour.