ANC deputy president David Mabuza said on Wednesday that had party members elected leaders from only one faction at the December 2017 Nasrec conference, the ruling party would be “limping” today. Mabuza suggested that the election of a “unity slate” saved the ANC. He was fielding questions from reporters in KwaZulu-Natal’s Moses Mabhida region, a stronghold of former president Jacob Zuma, where he was mobilising support for Saturday’s ANC birthday bash. Despite accusations of being a sell-out by Zuma’s backers after Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lost the ANC presidency to Cyril Ramaphosa, Mabuza said he only preached unity and felt welcome in the province. “What prevailed [at the Nasrec conference] is unity. That means branch delegates heard my voice, heard my story that said it looked like this person is making sense,” he said. “Because if we did not go the way we went, probably we will be talking about the ANC limping today.”

He said the Nasrec outcomes were the will of the branche...

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