The ANC emerged from the latest national executive committee (NEC) bruised, despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory against his internal nemesis Ace Magashule, with the party openly lamenting a possible split.

After its meeting, in which secretary-general Magashule was ordered to apologise for a statement last week “suspending” Ramaphosa, the NEC went as far as to call for a leadership retreat to forge unity...

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