Ahead of the 2017 elective conference of the ANC, some party veterans — colloquially known as the ANC 101 — called for a “consultative” conference to discuss how to return their movement to its founding values. They produced a document, titled “For the Sake of Our Future”, which outlined their grievances.

They were strung along by the party’s officials for months before their call was finally rejected. In 2017, they met without the ANC’s blessing and participation...

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