There is more than a touch of Ronald Reagan -- or even, dare one say it, George W Bush -- in Jacob Zuma. Apparently happily unencumbered by the need to demonstrate a towering intellectual faculty, he is an archetypal instinctive politician -- streetwise, savvy and not to be underestimated.
African National Congress (ANC) leaders who supported President Thabo Mbeki in the build-up to the party's elective conference in Polokwane will not be victimised, the party's newly elected leadership said on Monday. The ANC said fears that there would be a purge were baseless as the party had no intention to change its traditions.
The African National Congress was not aware of any imminent visit to its Johannesburg headquarters by Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool, a spokesperson said on Monday. Rasool's spokesperson Shado Twala also said she did know about the reported visit.
Fear now stalks the corridors of African National Congress (ANC) power as the party's new president, Jacob Zuma, asserts his authority in Parliament, the provinces and the party structures, the Sunday Times reported. ANC MPs made their anxiety known in a closed meeting of the ANC's parliamentary caucus on Thursday.
Dealing with poor attendance by African National Congress (ANC) members at parliamentary and caucus meetings would be one of the year's priorities, the party's chief whip said on Friday. Nathi Mthethwa said: "Inculcating a culture of discipline among some of the organisation's public representatives in this institution will form part of the priorities."
An attempt to get the principle of gender parity elevated to the top structures of the ANC was trounced on Monday night, the Mail & Guardian has learned.
The policy, also known as the 50/50 principle, is a steep change in empowerment in the ANC and requires that every alternative position available for leadership be reserved for a female candidate.
A third day of cool, rainy weather in Polokwane did little to quench the fiery support for the front-runners in the ANC presidential race: Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Voting for the party's top six officials started later than the scheduled time of 6am on Tuesday morning due to computer-related delays.
Voters turned out in droves on Tuesday for the election of the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) president at the University of Limpopo. It was unclear whether voting had started, as journalists were barred from going anywhere near the voting station.
African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Tokyo Sexwale on Monday night declined his nomination to the position of national chairperson as the names of those in the running for the ruling party's top six positions were announced. As predicted, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma go head to head in the contest for party president.
On Sunday a picture emerged of strong support for Jacob Zuma, overshowing the rest and spectacularly managing to humiliate national ANC chairperson Mosiuoa Lekota. As strong an indicator as it was, some delegates supporting President Thabo Mbeki insisted that an Mbeki win remained a possibility.