When it suspended him this week, the ANC blinked first in its cold war with Jacob Zuma, its former president. You would have thought the man from Nkandla was yanking the party’s chains simply to cause trouble.

By suspending him, the ANC showed it had read the tea leaves differently. It feels vulnerable to organisational penetration within its ranks in KwaZulu-Natal. It fears Zuma could use its structures to hold rallies to campaign for his Umkhonto we Sizwe party...

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