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South Africa: the ANC’s elective conference 2017

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With just under three weeks to go until the African National Congress’s (ANC) elective conference, the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma is entering its most critical phase. The conference occurs against a backdrop of prolonged controversy around the country’s leadership, prompted by scandals in government and widening divisions within the heart of the ruling party. This has added to the strategic uncertainties around what looks set to be a critical transition for the country. The ANC’s reputation and unity are at stake. But more importantly, South Africa’s future economic and development prospects likely depend upon the outcome of leadership vote.

In this note, we explore prospects for the elective conference and for the future of South African politics. Click here to download the report.

About the author: Sinethemba Zonke is a political analyst in africapractice's Intelligence and Analysis team covering Southern Africa. In this role, Sinethemba has advised clients from across a range of sectors on understanding political dynamics around their operations in order to develop effective and targeted risk management and engagement strategies. Sinethemba is a regular commentator on South African politics in the domestic and international media. 

 

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