The biggest threat to the ANC in the run-up to the May general elections may well be itself. It has been more than a year since President Cyril Ramaphosa took over the reins of the party and the country. While the ANC continues to talk about renewal and unity, it seems that the opposite is true. A faction within the party that didn’t support Ramaphosa ahead of the Nasrec elective conference seems hell-bent on seeing it fail in its cleanup project, and ultimately at the polls on May 8. At the weekend, Ramaphosa’s eyes and ears in Luthuli House, Zizi Kodwa, found himself at the centre of a rape allegation. He has called it a “dirty tricks campaign” to achieve “narrow factional and political ends”. He said he was informed of the allegation by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. This is not to say allegations of rape or sexual assault should ever be taken lightly or dismissed. Justice should take its course and the complainant will hopefully follow ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie D...

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