The ANC is heading for another winner-takes-all election after delegates started voting for the party’s new president late on Sunday. The race is a nail biter, pitting former AU Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Observers said on Sunday the fallout from this fiery contest could be more far-reaching than that which followed its Polokwane and Mangaung conferences in the past 10 years. Both of these conferences resulted in breakaways. By the end of the day on Monday, the new president of the ANC will be announced. Ramaphosa obtained the majority of the verified branch nominations, with 1,469 to Dlamini-Zuma’s 1,094. However, branch nominations do not automatically translate to actual delegate votes. Last-minute lobbying was still taking place on the sidelines of the conference on Sunday. Insiders in both camps admitted to the closeness of the race, but outwardly expressed confidence of their prospects. The Ramaphosa camp calculated t...

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