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The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has appointed Mike Mabuyakhulu as the convenor of its KwaZulu-Natal provincial task team, a further indication that newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa is consolidating his power in the party. Mabuyakhulu is effectively heading the task team appointed by the NEC after it dissolved the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee, which was declared illegal by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. He is an ally of former chairman Senzo Mchunu, a key man in the effort that helped Ramaphosa take the ANC presidency. The NEC held a two-day meeting last Thursday and Friday, during which its members agreed that Zuma should step down, and that the party’s top six officials would be facilitating his exit. The meeting served to stamp Ramaphosa’s authority on the governing party — the decision to recall Zuma was taken without confrontation. The party leadership also decided to dissolve the provincial executive committees in KwaZulu-Natal and the F...

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