Selecting candidates ahead of the crucial 2019 national election is not going to be an easy task for the ANC, which is battling to come together six months after its Nasrec conference and with a year to go until it heads to the polls. It took the party almost a month to finally select a candidate to replace the North West premier following the resignation of Supra Mahumapelo, and even then it was not through a consensus. Two national executive committee (NEC) meetings, where names for the position were put forward, were unable to come to a decision, forcing the ANC to break the impasse by mandating its national working committee (NWC) to make the final decision.

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