ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule suffered a major defeat this week when the party’s top leaders snubbed his public announcement that the ANC’s January 8 birthday rally will be held in his home ground of Bloemfontein, the Free State.

In November, Magashule unilaterally made the announcement from the doorsteps of the Bloemfontein court, after an appearance on 21 charges of corruption...

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