President Thabo Mbeki's chances of staying on as leader of South Africa's ruling party improved on Thursday when the party said the biggest share of regional votes in a leadership contest would go to his stronghold. Mbeki, barred from seeking re-election as national president in 2009, has signalled he intends to stand for a third term as African National Congress (ANC) leader.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has apparently thrown her weight behind leading businessman Tokyo Sexwale for the African National Congress presidency. Meanwhile, audited ANC membership figures have confirmed the Eastern Cape as the party's strongest province, media reports said on Tuesday.
The battle for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is becoming ever dirtier and fuelled by paranoia in the final weeks before delegates vote for the as-yet undeclared candidates. The challenge on the surface appears a straight contest between incumbent Thabo Mbeki and ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma.
So-called surprise visits by businessman Tokyo Sexwale to branches of the South African Students' Congress (Sasco) have raised the ire of the student body. "We demand a public apology from Mr Sexwale for bringing the name of our organisation into disrepute," said Sasco president David Maimela on Wednesday.
South Africa cannot afford to lose the tripartite alliance, businessman Tokyo Sexwale told students in Johannesburg on Friday. "We can't have a Cosatu [Congress of South African Trade Unions] that feels that it has got serious difficulties with the ANC [African National Congress]," he said.