The arrest earlier this week of Mike Mabuyakhulu, the newly appointed head of the ANC’s provincial task team (PTT) in KwaZulu-Natal, has created more turmoil for the party. Mabuyakhulu, along with former premier Senzo Mchunu, were at the forefront of Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign ahead of the ANC’s national elective conference in December. Mabuyakhulu and several others were charged with corruption, fraud and money laundering totalling R28m. The case relates to the cancellation of the North Sea Jazz Festival, which was scheduled to take place in 2012 and 2013. It emerged the money was channelled elsewhere, allegedly by the province’s economic development department at a time when it reported to Mabuyakhulu. He was granted bail of R50,000 with strict conditions including that he not leave the province without notifying authorities. In 2017, the High Court in Pietermaritzburg nullified the 2015 election of the ANC’s provincial executive committee. The party then appointed a 16-member PTT...

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