21 May 2019

South Africa: Magashule's Unsteady Post-Election Poker Game, With the Future of the ANC At Stake

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All bets are off in the high-stakes game of poker that the jostling for control of the ANC has become. The upcoming ANC NEC meeting will be crucial in determining just who holds the aces, and who is going down the toilet in a straight flush.

From what can be publicly seen, it appears that ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and those around him are going on the offensive. The snipes and comments and general political subtext keep coming. At the same time, the ANC may soon have to make a decision about Ethekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede who has been formally charged with corruption and is making no moves to resign. And of course, there is still a series of decisions about Ramaphosa's Cabinet to come.

It appears that what looks like turmoil in the ANC is going to get worse before it can in any way get better.

In the hours after voting two weeks ago, Magashule found himself having to "clarify" a series of comments he had made about whether it was the image of Ramaphosa that had saved the ANC in these elections. First, he had toured the results centre saying it was a "collective effort", when ANC...

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