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Get used to ANC infighting – the Zuma faction has nowhere else to go

If they formed their own party, they’d only get 2% of the vote, so they have to stay put to get what they want

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The intensified infighting unfolding in the ANC at the moment is neither new, surprising nor about to come to an end. It is a sore that has festered for so long that it is now in permanent destruct mode. It is devouring its host.

When Thabo Mbeki correctly fired Jacob Zuma as his deputy back in June 2005 — after Zuma’s associate was found guilty of bribing him — a huge chunk of the ANC went berserk. They did not stop and ask themselves: do we want a leader who took bribes as the deputy president of the country we purport to love and lead?

Instead, they made KwaZulu-Natal a virtual no-go for Mbeki and those who were seen to be part of his support base. The woman that Mbeki picked to replace Zuma, deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was booed as she tried to address a rally in KwaMashu outside Durban. Zuma supporters booed and walked out on Mbeki several times, notably at a ceremony to celebrate the historic visit by Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to SA at Kingsmead Stadium and at the reburial of ANC leader Moses Mabhida...

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