The ANC in Mpumalanga is set to endorse treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize as president ahead of the party’s elective conference in December. Mpumalanga chairman David Mabuza has emerged as something of a kingmaker in the ANC succession race, ditching old alliances, particularly the faction aligned to President Jacob Zuma. He does not support the Zuma faction’s preferred candidate, former AU head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, leaving him out of step with his old allies in the so-called "premier league", which included the chairmen of the Free State and the North West. Mpumalanga’s support will be key in December as it is set to bring the third-largest delegation to the conference. Business Day understands from highly placed sources in the province and two national leaders that Mabuza was keen to endorse Mkhize, who recently threw his hat into the ring for the position of president. Mkhize seemed to have been sidelined by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s camp, which was now leaning towards a...

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