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The ANC’s succession battle has taken a turn in KwaZulu-Natal, with the provincial executive stripping another Cyril Ramaphosa-supporting region of its powers.On Sunday night the provincial executive committee announced its decision on the lower South Coast region, after a meeting with branches at the Uvongo Hall outside Port Shepstone. Provincial ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said the decision meant the region would not be disbanded but that the provincial executive committee would take over the duties that were the responsibility of the lower South Coast regional executive committee "in the interest of bringing unity in the organisation".Ntuli rejected assertions that the aim of this action was to weaken the region — which has now thrown its weight behind Ramaphosa in the race to succeed Jacob Zuma as party president.The region is regarded as a stronghold of ousted provincial chairman Senzo Mchunu.Many branches in the region have questioned the timing of this decision, saying ...

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