South Africa: Until Death Do Us Part - ANC's War of Attrition Could Get Serious

Zizi Kodwa and Pule Mabe

The ANC's decision to allow two of its most public faces, Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa, to 'take leave' is one of the stranger series of events in the post-Nasrec era. It is almost fully at odds with the party's responses to previous claims of wrongdoing, particularly in cases involving men attacking women. This may be an indication that the ruling party's main factions may now be involved in a war of attrition, where sacrifices will be made to attain some strategic advantage.

For those who want the ANC to remain a cohesive force for good and strong governance, the latest action may signify a dramatic change underway. In the past, groups in the party would always put internal battles on hold during election campaigns, for the benefit of them all. That appears no longer to be the case - the tensions within the party appear to be beyond that spot.

On Monday, the ANC's national working committee met for what NWC member Tony Yengeni called on Twitter its "longest-ever" meeting. On Tuesday, secretary-general Ace Magashule announced that both Mabe and Kodwa had asked to take leave of absence from their positions in the public sphere. This means that neither...

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