A few days after scoffing at claims that Cyril Ramaphosa had saved the ANC at the polls last week, secretary-general Ace Magashule on Monday said there was no animosity between him and the president. “There is no fallout between me and the president, we work as the leadership of the ANC, we work as the collective,” he said on the sidelines of a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Irene, near Pretoria. “We are working very well with the president of the ANC.” The ANC came out of the 2019 elections with reduced majority of 57%. This was an improvement on the 53% the party achieved in local government elections in 2016 — but down from the 62% it received in the 2014 national elections. The ANC’s support declined significantly in the two terms under of former president Jacob Zuma’s leadership. Magashule is a key ally of the former president. The ANC lost a lot of support during Zuma’s term in office, which was marred by allegations of state capture and corruptio...

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