SENIOR officials from the African National Congress (ANC)-led eThekwini Municipality were conspicuously absent on Thursday at a function for a R25bn housing project attended by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.Their absence could easily be seen as a rejection by KwaZulu-Natal leaders of the man seen as a challenger to President Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the ANC. The province is largely supportive of a second term for Mr Zuma.Mr Sexwale has been openly touted by Mr Zuma’s opponents as a contender to stand as deputy president to Kgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s current deputy president, should he win the presidency of the ANC during the party’s electoral conference in Mangaung next month.Mr Sexwale on Thursday attended a function for the R25bn Cornubia mixed-use, mixed-income scheme, the biggest of about 8,000 housing projects being undertaken by the government, and the biggest project being undertaken by the city at present. But there were no officials from the municipality...

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