A 23-car convoy snakes its way around Orange Grove in East London. Its speakers are blaring encouragement to residents to come and hear new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa speak at Buffalo Stadium on Saturday. It’s hot. Shirtless children are playing in the streets. Women come to their doors, curious about all the commotion. A stone’s throw from East London Airport, a green board marked Airport Townships leads you to the area. A pile of aluminium and wooden planks make up an informal settlement.
This weekend marks the most defining moment in democratic South Africa as the ANC decides who will lead the party after President Jacob Zuma. By implication it will also tell us who will be the next president of South Africa, presuming the ANC retains its electoral majority, which could also hinge on the outcome of the leadership vote at Nasrec in Johannesburg over the next 48 hours. Will Cyril Ramaphosa prevail or will Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?
The worst possible scenario for the ANC’s 54th national conference is an unresolved leadership battle. If there is a disputed result or the election of the new president does not take place‚ it means that President Jacob Zuma would remain the party leader until a new election can be held. This would hold the ANC and the country at ransom indefinitely and prolong the political and economic turmoil that has defined Zuma’s term as the party leader.
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Selecting a term
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