Partners in the ANC-led alliance — union federation Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) — are preparing for an all-out battle ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December. The first fight will take place at a critical political council between Cosatu, the ANC and the SACP on Sunday. That will be the first time the allies meet since Cosatu and the SACP called publicly for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said on Thursday that the federation was willing to fight bitterly, even knowing that there would be casualties. Dlamini is seen as a close ally of Zuma, but declared to the Cosatu central committee on Thursday that he would abide by Cosatu’s decision to call on Zuma to resign and would campaign for the election of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed him. Cosatu declared that it was ready for the fight to see Ramaphosa emerge at the close of its mid-term policy meeting on Thursday. The SACP’s central committee is to meet ...

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