It is the ANC that is fighting for political survival, not its suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule. That is the reality President Cyril Ramaphosa has to confront as the clock ticks towards the 2021 local government elections.

The ANC suffered huge electoral losses in the last municipal poll, losing Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg five years ago. A decline in one election in those metropolitan areas, as well as in Bloemfontein, eThekwini and Mahikeng, put it on notice at a time when it was having to contend with public discontent over the Gupta family’s exercise of unofficial power and rampant corruption that was becoming harder to hide...

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