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As the ANC prepares to gather for its national policy conference, President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to lead a potentially intense effort to push back against calls for the so-called step-aside rule to be scrapped.

The debate about the rule, which forces members charged with corruption or other serious crimes to leave their posts or be suspended, is central to Ramaphosa’s aspirations of building a legacy of cracking down on corruption, which became endemic under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma...

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