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With less than a week to go before the ANC national policy conference, two of the biggest provinces — the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal — emerged on opposite sides of the political divide, with the former emerging as a strong anti-Zuma bloc and the latter expressing full support in President Jacob Zuma. The two provinces are traditionally the most important during voting at the elective conference in December. But neither pronounced on their preferred candidates to take over the reins of the ANC when the current top leadership’s term comes to an end. Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile told delegates in the closing address following its policy conference this weekend that he favoured a consensus on new leadership.

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