The turmoil in the ANC is the culmination of a host of factors, but topping the list is the ferocious battle by the beneficiaries of state capture to hold onto their spoils — and stave off probable jail terms. The spate of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal is of deep concern for ANC leaders, with president Cyril Ramaphosa visiting the family of a slain party member on Monday and calling for calm in the now unstable province. An ANC activist and an IFP councillor were killed over the weekend in separate incidents, adding to the rapidly growing list of political murders in the province. Ramaphosa met leaders in the province this week as the heads of five ANC regions there threatened to take the party to court to halt upcoming elective conferences. The faction led by Sihle Zikalala, which is loyal to former president Jacob Zuma, is fighting to return to the leadership posts held until a court order in September last year dissolved the provincial executive committee (PEC). The PEC, of...

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