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Will KZN leaders call Zuma out?

Rumblings of a rebellion against Jacob Zuma by a KwaZulu-Natal faction - the president's strongest base - have unsettled the ANC.

Waging war on Mandela the saint

For the black youngsters of the 1990s, it was Madiba's role as the head of MK that gave him the respect he needed to bring peaceful reconciliation.

The real test still awaits Ramaphosa

Even if Cyril Ramaphosa emerges unscathed from Marikana he still has to win over Jacob Zuma's supporters in the ANC, writes Rapule Tabane.

Zuma may not be schooled, but he’s no fool

The president has mastered the art of quietly surprising those who snipe at his lack of education.

Mokonyane: Zuma is the face of the ANC everywhere

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has criticised the ANC in Gauteng for revealing that Thabo Mbeki will be part of the party's election campaign.

Zuma savours victory, but still has mountain to climb

Zuma has demonstrated an incredible skill at defeating his opponents: five years ago at Polokwane and now, at Mangaung.

Manuel, Motlanthe and other party seniors eye future without ANC

The post-Mangaung era could see the government lose two key leaders: Kgalema Motlanthe and Trevor Manuel.

Confident Zuma wins the day

The ANC president worked the crowd with his singing and entered the conference like a popular boxer on the first day of the electoral conference.

Motlanthe’s last stand could leave him in limbo

On speculation that he would be nominated as president or deputy, Motlanthe has said such talk was 'coffee-house bubbles not worthy of response'.

DA fracks ANC but needs to drill deeper

The Democratic Alliance will have to change perceptions if it wants to increase its share of the vote in 2014, writes Rapule Tabane.

Zuma sarcasm is unhelpful on both sides

A dismissive tit for tat among intellectuals and the president will not help South Africa's discourse, writes Rapule Tabane.

Road to Mangaung: Political ping pong in ANC branches

Sabotage, falling-outs and electricity outages ensured that it was an interesting week of local politics.

Road to Mangaung: The branch that pulled off a quorum

They had to haul some members out of shebeens at an ANC meeting in Khutsong, but at least they got to nominate their candidates.

Some clues to Mr Evasive

Obsequiousness aside, the first book about Motlanthe is a good starting point, writes Rapule Tabane.

McIntosh Polela’s Jub Jub tweet ruffles feathers

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela has apologised for making light of rape in prison on Twitter.

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Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

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