S Africa – Yengeni-Nzimande conflict shows growing splits in ANC over Zuma

City Press

Simmering tension between senior ANC leaders exploded this week, with Tony Yengeni telling SA Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande: “Who the f**k do you think you are?”

The bust-up came after a heated national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday at which the governing party’s fault lines were brutally exposed.

This week saw numerous senior party leaders taking a public stand in the ANC’s election race.

» President Jacob Zuma unofficially launched his “second term” campaign at the party’s centenary lecture in Johannesburg on Friday.

» Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe showed his hand during a speech at Liliesleaf in Johannesburg on Thursday by questioning the “second transition”, a policy proposal being pushed by Zuma and his supporters.

» On Friday, expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema said Zuma’s presidency was a “terrible mistake” and he should be voted out at the ANC’s Mangaung conference in December.

» At Monday’s NEC meeting, Zuma faced a “rebellion”, with party leaders accusing him of being “dictatorial”.

» Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday, apparently emboldened by the NEC’s decision not to review Malema’s expulsion.

The scuffle between Yengeni and Nzimande, SACP general secretary and Zuma’s closest lieutenant, was confirmed by at least two NEC members who witnessed the incident.  Read more…

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