Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane, who is seeking re-election as ANC provincial chair, moved to assure the safety of delegates attending the provincial elective congress in East London, saying security has been beefed up.

Mabuyane, a key ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who himself is expected to run for a second term during the party’s national elective conference in December, was elected ANC provincial chair during a chaotic conference in 2017 — which then ANC deputy president Ramaphosa dubbed a festival of chairs — as supporters of then premier Phumulo Masualle and Mabuyane exchanged blows and threw chairs at each other...

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