Tim Cohen Senior editor: Business Day

It was a blistering week in politics, but we are now used to those. Yet, big questions remain, chief among them being how big will the split in the ANC be? As we pointed out in our leaders last week, the main effect of the way the no-confidence debate unfolded is that it made the divisions in the ANC much more rancorous, much more visible and much more urgent. As if on cue, President Jacob Zuma did what he always does in crisis situations: he throws himself into the arms of his most loyal supporters. This time it was in the Free State, where ANC provincial leader Ace Magashule said on Friday that MPs in the ANC who voted against Zuma "must resign voluntarily". Magashule said MPs who disobeyed party instructions were forcing the ANC to kick them out.He also accused some in the party’s national structure of working with the EFF and DA. "We have ample evidence [that] some are actually working with the DA — I’m just talking nationally — to dislodge the ANC out of power," he was reported...

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