Eric Naki
Political Editor
4 minute read
7 Jun 2021
6:02 am

Brutal ANC leadership battle building as factions square off

Eric Naki

Only time will tell who among former president Jacob Zuma's diehards will stand by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule to the bitter end.

Picture: Michel Bega

The ANC’s elective conference at the end of next year has seen the various opposing factions within the party jockeying for position in what insiders say could be one of the most brutal yet of the five-year summit gatherings. Talk is that the 2022 version could be as game-changing as the one in Polokwane in 2007, which brought former president Jacob Zuma to power – or the Nasrec one in 2017, which effectively removed him. There could be blood on the floor, say ANC sources. And there is a lot at stake. Polokwane proved that power is the main fuel...